Ridgewood boys capture Dale Collis Invite title

Mike Landis, Editor
Former Galva High School track and field coach Dale Collis stands with the GHS boys team at the meet that’s named in his honor Monday night.

Ridgewood boys,Stark County girls win Collis invite team titles

The Ridgewood boys and Stark County girls were the team champions at Galva’s Dale Collis track and field invite Monday night.

Ridgewood topped the five-team boys field with 115.3 points, followed by Stark County 83.3, the host Wildcats 64, West Central 49.83 and United 46.5.

Ridgewood posted wins in the 4x200 relay (Bryce Ashby, Max Nuckles, Keanan Dean and Carson Anderson) in a time 1:40.87, the 4x800 relay (Austin Reed, Jordan Francis, Evan Sullivan and Anderson) in a time of 9:21.87, Evan Sullivan in the long jump (18-3) and Max Nuckles in the shot put (39-11 1/2).

Galva had double wins from Peyton Sopiars and Cooper Hoxworth.

Sopiars won the triple jump (41-0 1/2) and 400-meter dash (53.06 seconds), while Hoxworth grabbed the 300-meter hurdles (44.61 seconds) and high jump (5-10).

Caelin Foley captured first place in the 1600-meter run (4:38.03) for the Wildcats.

Adding seconds for the Wildcats were Hoxworth in the 100-meter dash (12.3 seconds), the 4x100 relay (Karter Smith, Tyvin Hodge, Cal Clucas and Everett Thuline) in 52.93 seconds, and Karter Smith in the long jump (17-8 1/2).

The Lady Rebels piled up 119 points in the girls meet, followed by Ridgewood 92, West Central 65, United 55, Knoxville 25 and Galva 10.

Ridgewood’s winners were the 4x100 relay (Kylie Martin, Anna Paul, Jenna Stromquist and Grayce Spicher) in 53.29 seconds, the 4x400 relay (Taylor Sall, Julia Nail, Maddie Nuckles and Stromquist) in 4:29.73, Spicher in the long jump (16-5 1/2) and Mackenzie Coziahr in the shot put (31-11 1/2).

Galva’s top finisher was Selma Gerlach second in the 200-meter dash (29.03 seconds).

Galva’s Sopiars wins triple jump at Rockridge

Galva’s Peyton Sopiars earned gold in the triple jump at the Rockridge Invitational Friday night.

Sopiars went 41-5 to top the triple jump field. He also finished fifth in the 400-meter dash (53.09 seconds).

Caelin Foley turned in a pair of strong finishes for the Wildcats — second in the 1600-meter run (4:50.07) and third in the 800-meter run (2:05.55).

Adding fifths for Galva were Cal Larson in the 3200-meter run (11:37.57) and Karter Smith in the long jump (17-5).

Jacob Varner had a big night for ROWVA-Williamsfield at Rockridge. He finished second in the triple jump (39-8), third in the shot put (42-7), fourth in the long jump (17-6) and fifth in the discus (114-6).

Other top finishers for the Cougars were Lorin Peterson third in the 1600-meter run (4:53.22), Colton LaGrow fourth in the 110-meter hurdles (18.54 seconds) and the 4x800 relay (Nathan Cutts, Peterson, Nate Peters and LaGrow) fourth in a time of 9:41.84.

Ridgewood’s top finishers were Andrew Hand fourth in the 3200-meter run (11:26.68), and fifth-place efforts from Austin Reed in the 800-meter run (2:12.51) and Max Nuckles in the shot put (40-0 1/2).

Mercer County topped the nine-team boys field with 144.5 points. ROWVA-Williamsfield tied for fifth with 40 points, with Galva seventh at 34 and Ridgewood eighth at 14.

In the girls meet, Monmouth-Roseville bested the nine-team field with 113 points. Ridgewood was sixth with 39 points, while ROWVA-Williamsfield was seventh with 31 points and Galva ninth at 10 points.

Ridgewood was led by Lauren Anderson’s second-place finish in the high jump (4-10). Adding thirds for the Spartans were Jenna Stromquist in the long jump (14-8 3/4), Kalynn Webster in the triple jump (31-4 1/4) and Mackenzie Coziahr in the shot put (32-11). The 4x200 relay (Taylor Sall, Danielle Adams, Anna Paul and Stromquist) finished fourth in a time of 1:56.89.

ROWVA-Williamsfield’s top finishers were Lacie Goehl second in the 200-meter dash (29.21 seconds) and a runner-up effort in the 4x200 relay (Annadoria Ledbetter, Goehl, Mia Voss and Taylor Main) in 1:54.83.

Adding a fourth for R-W was the 4x400 relay (Ledbetter, Hannah Parkinson, Main and Voss) in 4:34.96, and finishing fifth were Lexie Little in the shot put (32-3 1/2) and the 4x100 relay (Main, Parkinson, Ledbetter and Goehl) in 54.8 seconds.

Galva’s lone placer was Selma Gerlach taking fifth in the 200-meter dash (29.83 seconds).

Varner wins triple jump at Knoxville

ROWVA-Williamsfield’s Jacob Varner was an event winner at the Knoxville Invitational (April 17).

The R-W junior captured first place in the triple jump with a leap of 39-6 1/2. Other top finishers for the Cougars were Ben Woods second in the 400-meter dash (56.89 seconds) and Lorin Peterson third in the 3200-meter run (10:47.34).

Ridgewood’s top performer was Max Nuckles with a third-place toss in the shot put (41-2 3/4).

Mercer County topped the eight-team field at Knoxville with 159 points. ROWVA-Williamsfield tied Abingdon-Avon for fifth place with 42 points and Ridgewood was seventh with 16 points.

In the girls meet, Farmington won the eight-team event with 98 points. Ridgewood was seventh with 42 points and ROWVA-Williamsfield was next in eighth with 21 points.

Ridgewood had second-place efforts from Grayce Spicher in the long jump (15-8) and Kalynn Webster in the triple jump (29-8), and Lauren Anderson was third in the high jump (4-10).

Lexie Little was ROWVA-Williamsfield’s top performer with a second-place throw in the shot put (33-7).