Rider runners punch tickets for regional track meet

DEFIANCE — The St. Marys boys track team will be sending a hurdler and two relay teams to next week’s regional tournament at the University of Dayton.

Hurdler Luke Lemmerman and the 400 and 800 meter relay teams punched their tickets with top-four finishes in running finals at the Division II district tournament at Defiance on Friday night.

Lemmerman is headed back to the regional meet in the 110 meter hurdles after turning in a third-place finish in the event  with a 15.45-second time.

Also moving on is the St. Marys boys 400 meter relay team of Eric Spicer, Will Walter, Austin Tester and Cam Swanson, who finished fourth with a 44.72-second time in Friday’s final.

The 800 meter relay team of Spicer, Walter, Tester and Swanson finished fourth with a 1:32.58 time on Friday.

Friday’s boys qualifiers from St. Marys will be joined by Erin Kinkley at the regional tournament. Kinkley earned her regional berth on Wednesday with a  third-place finish in the girls high jump.

Roughrider senior Kristen Dammeyer just missed out on a regional trip, finishing fifth with a 11:57.94 time. St. Marys’ Kelly Wilker also reached the podium in the 3200 in seventh place with a 12:35.41 time.

The Riders just missed outside the top four in the 400 meter relay, as well. The team of Kami Menchhofer, Bailey Gottschalk, Stephanie Evans and Regan Tischler finished fifth with a 52.92-second time.

St. Marys’ Riley Wilson finished seventh in the girls 800 meter run with a 2:36.46 time.

The Riders’ Kami Menchhofer finished seventh in the 100 meter hurdles with a 16.5-second time.

Christine Sullivan took seventh in the 300 hurdles with a 51.43-second pace.

The St. Marys girls 800 meter relay team of Tischler, Evans, Erin Kinkley and Natalie Kuenning took seventh with a 1:54.36 time.

The Riders’ Megan Hertenstein was ninth in the girls 1600 meter run with a 5:55.31 time.

Jaden Heitkamp took 10th in the boys high jump, clearing five feet, eight inches.

The St. Marys girls team finished seventh with 20 points in the 16-team girls event. Wauseon earned the girls district crown with 110 points. O-G was second and Van Wert took third.

O-G’s and Wauseon’s boys shared the district title with 84 points apiece. St. Marys was 14th with 16 points in the 18-team district tournament.