Columbus Scotus Central High school hosted their annual Knights of Columbus invitational track and field meet on Tuesday at Pawnee Park.
Boys’ and girls’ teams from six different schools competed in 34 events. Along with Scotus teams, teams from David City, Columbus Lakeview, Pierce, Schuyler and Seward were in attendance. Two new records were set during the meet.
Scotus senior Marika Spencer set a new meet record in the girls’ discus throw with a toss of 153 feet 4 inches. She shattered the previous record of 143 feet. Seward pole vaulter Chase Berry vaulted to a height of 15 feet 9 inches beating out his previous record of 15 feet even. Spencer also finished first in the girls’ shot put with a toss of 39 feet 7 inches.
Overall, the girls’ team finished in second place behind David City Aquinas with a total score of 114 points, while the boys’ team finished in fourth place with a score of 58 points. Aquinas took first place in both the boys’ and girls’ divisions.
Scotus had athletes in the medal standings in all but 10 events out of the 34 total that ran in the meet. Freshman Anna Ehlers finished third in the girls’ high jump and senior Tyler Miksch finished fourth in the boys’ pole vault. Ehlers also finished third in the girls’ 4x400 meter relay along with teammates, senior Elley Beaver and fellow freshmen Gillian Brandt and Clarissa Kosch.
The boys’ discus throw was won by Scotus junior Grant Shanle with a throw of 143 feet. Shanle also took first in the boys’ 110-meter high hurdles. The girls’ 110-meter hurdles had Scotus senior Beaver and junior Bailey Lehr place second and third, respectively. Both the boys’ and girls’ 4x800 meter relay teams had a respectable showing during the meet with the boys placing third and the girls finishing second in their final heats.
The boys team consisted of seniors Matthew Bichlmeier and Nathan Donoghue and freshmen Nicolas Schlutz and Michael Gasper. Sophomores Amber Buhman and Haylee Cielocha, along with freshmen Clarissa Kosch and Abaigeal Aydt make up the girls’ 4x800 meter relay team.
Other Scotus athletes that placed well in the meet include: Shania Borchers, senior, fourth place girls’ high jump and fourth place girls’ triple jump; Katlyn Bayer, freshman, seventh place girls’ long jump; Chase Andersen, senior, third place boys’ long jump; Bailey Lehr, junior, second place girls’ triple jump; Janae Rusher, freshman and Alyssa Morton, senior, tied for seventh place in the girls; discus throw; Matt Strecker, senior, third place in boys’ shot put; Elley Beaver, senior, second place and Bailey Lehr, junior, third place in the girls’ 100 meter hurdles. Lehr also placed first in the girls’ 300- meter hurdles and Beaver placed fourth in the 300 -meter hurdles; Kelsey Faust, junior, second place girls’ 3200 meter run and second place in the girls’ 1600- meter run; Elliott Thomazin, junior, third place boys’ 3200 meter run.
Both the boys and the girls track and field teams will compete again April 19 at the Schuyler invitational track meet in Schuyler.