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East boys, Brown County girls win dual meet

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The Columbus East boys track and field team put on one of its strongest performances of the season Tuesday as it defeated Brown County 117-15.

The East girls team, however, did not fare as well in a 72-60 loss to the Eagles.

“They ran pretty well tonight and put on some personal-best times,” East boys coach David Miller said. “I was happy with the times they put up and the effort they gave out there. I am proud of their performance tonight.”

Individual winners for the Olympians were JT Voelker in the long jump (21 feet, 6 inches) and the 100 meters (11.1 seconds), James Robinson in the 110 hurdles (15.3) and 300 hurdles (42.5), Matt Buffo in the pole vault (12-3), Brock Patterson in the shot put (44-2½), Rhett Myers in the discus (143-2), Paul Baker in the 1,600 (4:34.1), Jason Kimmet in the 400 (51.2), Jacob Hampton in the 800 (1:58.1), Chase Banister in the 200 (23.5) and Paul Bean in the 3,200 (10:44.5).

“Jacob ran well in the 800 tonight,” Miller said. “Paul Baker ran the (1,600) for the first time and did a great job also.”

Alex Galle, Ngando Ntone, and Jordan Foster and Bean, won the 4x800 relay (8:49). Banister, Voelker, Robinson and Cam Wilson took the 4x100 relay (43.9). Hampton, Steven O’Neal, Bainster and Kimmet captured the 4x400 relay (3:35.9).

For Brown County, Happy Lacy-Connell won the high jump (6-2). Eagles coach Rob Abraham was pleased with his boys’ effort despite the loss.

“The boys did an outstanding job tonight, considering the fact that Columbus East is one of the better boys’ teams in the state,” Abraham said. “People will probably look at the (team) score like we got crushed out there but that was clearly not the case out on the track.

“The girls team, on the other hand, is probably one of the best teams I have ever had coaching,” he said. “Our girls really stepped up to a tough challenge tonight and did a terrific job.”

Winners for the Brown County girls were Corissa Proctor in the 1,600 (5:46.8) and 800 (2:38), Emily Brady in the 100 hurdles (16.1), Jaylynn Stanford in the 400 (1:03.5) and Sam Francis in the 3,200 (13:56.2).

Proctor, Stanford, Elodie Belleflamme and Rose Guingrich took the 4x800 relay (10:38). Brady, Rebecca Wedan, Harley Rogers and Elly Wertz captured the 4x100 relay (51.6). Wedan, Bruner, Smith and Stanford won the 4x400 relay (4:19.2).

For the Olympians, winners were Sarah Loesch in the shot (37-8) and discus (121-10), Andrea Hendrickson in the 100 (13.1) and 200 (27.6), Erin Mack in the high jump (5-0) and Becca Bryan in the 300 hurdles (49.4).

“Sarah has not been letting down at all this season,” East girls coach Glen Brown said. “She comes back every meet making sure she wins.

Mack retore her ACL for the second time last fall in the middle of volleyball season.

“It was Erin’s first full meet since her injury,” Brown said. “She comes right out of gate going 5-0 tonight, which was outstanding.”

“Brown County gave us some great competition tonight,” he said. “Our seniors were our leaders tonight. They came through and helped us with some big points, but unfortunately, it just was not enough in the end against a really good team.”

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