FINDLAY – Hunter Vanwert as well as the Evergreen 4×100 relay team, overcame some adversity, and sophomore Reece Serna continued to shine late in the season as Jared Walker’s boys track team had some solid performances in the Division III Findlay District to run at the regional in Tiffin this week.
“This weekend was very good for our boys,” stated Walker. “I told them it was about survive and advance. That’s exactly what we did.”
Vanwert overcame a hip ailment to hobble through the last 20 yards to finish second behind Kalida’s Josh Verhoff in the 100 meter final, easily making it out of the district to the next level.
A short time later, Drew and Grant Donnald, along with Serna, put Vanwert in good position for the anchor leg to get a fourth place finish to qualify for the regional.
“The boys exchanges weren’t the best and we had a hurt Vanwert,” Walker said. “But they still advanced and broke the school record. They picked each other up.
“Hunter was a little sore but he still got out in both events.”
For the second time this year, the Vikings broke the school record in the event with a time of 45.05.
The last to qualify for the Viking contingent was the sprinter who gave Walker his biggest suprise of the NWOAL meet a week earlier in Serna.
The sophomore finished third behind Verhoff and Austin May of Liberty Benton with a clocking of 23.42.
“Reece ran a gutsy race to get third. This time of the year is more about placing than timing,” explained Walker. “Heading into regionals we are looking pretty good to advance to finals and potentially state.”
The Vikes also got points from the 4×800 team of Alex Majewski, Colin Smith, Nick Hassen and Augie Tipping that came in sixth.
Jack Worline finished eighth in the discus to add to the team total that placed Evergreen 10th of the 19 teams.
“Colin Smith didn’t score individually but he also ran a personal best in the 800 and just missed at ninth,” said Walker. “Finishing in the top 10 in a very tough district is a compliment to how well the boys ran and threw this week.”
The Tiffin Regional is Wednesday and Friday at Frost-Kalnow Stadium.
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