COLUMBUS — The Minster girls 4-by-400 meter relay team finished off the state track meet with an exciting race to the finish line.
The Minster 1600 meter relay team’s senior anchor Olivia Enneking stormed near the front of the pack on the final lap and got to within half a stride of first-place Archbold for the final 100 meters.
“I just wanted to get to the girl in the lead and hold her,” Enneking said. “The girl from Archbold passed her and I was just going to try to stick with her for the final 100 and kick it in, but she had a fast turn that last 100 as well. So it was someone to push me that last 100.”
That push meant a new school record.
Minster was edged out by four-tenths of a second for the state crown, but the Wildcat quartet of senior Hannah Barga, junior Cassie Jutte, sophomore Julia Slonkosky and Enneking were thrilled with a school-record 3:56.63 time and second-place finish — the top performance of the weekend for area teams at the OHSAA state track and field meet at a sunny Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.
“It’s a school record and it would’ve been awesome to get first as well, but we’re happy with the school record and we know we left it all on the track,” Enneking said.
The points from the 1600 meter relay helped the Minster girls move into ninth place in the final points standings with 20 points. McDonald won the girls title with 45 points over Tinora (44) and St. Thomas Aquainas (44).
Senior Cassie Boyle finished her running career at New Knoxville with a fifth-place finish in the girls 1600 meter run. Boyle ran a 5:12.09 time to reach the podium. Boyle qualified for the 800 meters but on a warm, sunny day did not run in the finals.
The Minster boys 1600 meter relay team finished sixth. Junior Austin Brackman, senior Paul Dues, junior Andrew Fausey and senior Dominic Slonkosky ran a 3:24.89 time.
Minster senior Andy Albers climbed the podium in the boys 800 meter run with a seventh-place finish and 1:58.16 time.
Minster senior Hannah Barga finished ninth in the finals of the 100 meter dash with a 12.91-second time.
The Wildcats’ boys 800 meter relay team of freshman Alex Blanco, junior Austin Brackman, senior Paul Dues and junior Eli Wolf took ninth with a 1:31.32 time.
The Minster girls 800 meter relay team of junior Gabrielle Barga, junior Cassie Jutte, senior Olivia Ennekin and senior Hannah Barga finished ninth with a 1:46.2 time.
Lima Central Catholic won the boys state championship, led by its record-setting relay team and the overwhelming talent of Jamir Coleman and Mykale Rogers . The T-Birds scored 52 points to get past second-place Gilmour Academy’s 42 points. Coleman won the 100 meter dash (10.94) and 200 meter dash (21.88) and Rogers won the long jump with a new Division III record (24-5.5) while the 800 meter relay team set a new all-division state record with a 1:27.86 time.
Fort Loramie’s Meg Westerheide was the runner-up in the girls 800 meter run with a 2:14.64 time.
Marion Local’s Allie Thobe finished fourth in the girls 200 meter dash (25.74) and the Flyer girls 1600 meter relay team took sixth (4:01.84).
Celina junior Bekah Carr finished sixth in the girls long jump in Division I with a jump of 17 feet, eight inches.
Celina’s Sam Phares finished 12th in the boys pole vault in Division I, clearing 14 feet.