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Regional Track: Stechschulte qualifies in 4 events as O-G just misses title

DAYTON — It was a perfect for Ottawa-Glandorf junior Madison Stechschulte as she qualified for state in four events to highlight a big day for the Titans at Saturday’s Division II regional track and field championships at Dayton’s Welcome Stadium.
Stechschulte qualified for state in two individual events and a pair of relays as the Titans were in the hunt for the regional girls championship right up until the final event as just three points separated the top five teams.
Dayton Meadowdale won the regional crown with a slim 45-44 margin over Versailles. Wauseon (43) was third and the Titans and Springfield Kenton Ridge tied for fourth place with 42 points.
The top four finishers in each event qualified for the OHSAA state track and field championships at Ohio State’s Jesse Owens Stadium.
Stechschulte was third in the 100-meter dash in a photo finish. Springfield Kenton Ridge freshman Jamari McDavid won the race in 12.31 seconds. Her teammate Iman Salhieh (12.312) edged Stechschulte (12.317) for second by five-thousands of a second as just seven hundredths of a second separated first through sixth place in the race.
Stechschulte grabbed the fourth and final qualifying spot in the 200 with a time of 25.47 seconds by topping Versailles freshman Camille Watren by 15-hundreths of a second.
She also teamed with Megan Siefker, Michelle Maag and Elissa Ellerbrock for fourth in the 800 relay (1:44.65) and Maag, Anna Bellman and Elissa Ellerbrock for fourth in the 1,600 relay (4:07.22).
Ellerbrock qualified in an individual race of her own as she placed second in the 800 with the best time in the area so far this season in 2:14.83.
The Titans had two other athletes just miss advancing in the girls meet.
Freshman Melissa Knott was edged out by four-tenths of a second by North College Hill’s Quane’e Wright to finish fifth in the 100 hurdles (15.83). Bellman, who qualified for state in the discus on Thursday, added a fifth-place effort in the shot put with a season-best toss of 37-1¼.
Ottawa-Glandorf’s boys team also put together a strong showing but only managed to qualify one athlete to state on Saturday.
Matias Trampe-Kindt, who advanced Thursday as part of Ottawa-Glandorf’s 3,200 relay team, earned a spot at state in the 1,600 with a third-place showing in 4:23.31.
It was a day of almosts for the rest of the Titans, though, as Ottawa-Glandorf had two athletes finish fifth and two others place sixth.
Logan McDermott missed a state berth in the 110 high hurdles by eight hundredths of a second when he was fifth in the event in 15.23 seconds. Sid Moening was an inch shy of qualifying in the high jump after placing fifth at 6-2. Moening also finished sixth in the 300 hurdles (40.88) with his best time of the season.
Brad Recker also had his best race of the year in the 800 but placed sixth in a time of 1:58.89.
Ben Recker was 10th in the shot put (44-4½) and Trampe-Kindt ended up 15th in the 3,200 (10:55.63).
Upper Sandusky had a pair of regional medalists.
Hunter Luikart was seventh in the high jump (6-2) and Collin Gardnder placed seventh in the shot put (46-9¾).
Dayton Dunbar won the boys team championship with a 91-43 margin over Dayton Carroll. Ottawa-Glandorf (31) was fifth and Upper Sandusky (4) placed 39th.