By MARK HEIMAN
COLUMBUS – Ottawa-Glandorf had a simple formula when it came to the 3,200-meter relay Friday afternoon.
The Titans just wanted to stay near Defiance during the eight laps around Ohio State’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium during the Division II state track and field meet.
The formula worked better than expected as the Titans finished ahead of Defiance and placed fourth in the only running event finalized Friday.
“We beat Defiance, which is one of our rivals. They beat us at WBL, district and regional, so I think that gave us some extra confidence when we were running with them,” said O-G senior Allison Schroeder.
Dana Lanwehr, the Titans’ third runner, moved the team up after Emily Heitmeyer and Lyndsey Barlage had led off. Then Schroeder brought it home in fourth with a time of 9:35.07.
“I was thinking about the girls in front of me,” Lanwehr said. “I just wanted to pass (others) and pace myself so I could push it at the end.
“The last 100, the wind really gets you, but you have to go.”
Schroeder went twice later in the day. First she won her heat of the 300 hurdles, in which she is the defending champion, with a time of 46.05 seconds. That was the third quickest qualifying time.
“Tomorrow will be the first time all season that I won’t have another event before the 300 hurdles,” said Schroeder, who ran a 43.32 to win the event last year. “I’m hoping that will play to my advantage of not being tired.
“I’m not hitting the right leg at each hurdle. It felt good in practice, but I felt off today, so I can hope to be on tomorrow.
“I focus on every race I run, so now I can focus just on the hurdles.”
Schroeder will also hope to be on after anchoring the Titans’ 1,600 relay to a a 4:03.68, which was the third fastest qualifying mark. She’s joined on the team by Jenna Ellerbrock, Lanwehr and Heitmeyer.
Upper Sandusky’s Lynzi Daughenbaugh, Lacy Daughenbaugh, Lauren Bruynis and Ashleigh Kline will also be running today in the 400 relay. The quartet moved on with a 50.57.
In addition, Upper Sandusky’s Jason Beidelchies qualified in the 110 hurdles with a fourth-place finish in 15.54 seconds
OTHER AREA RESULTS
110 HURDLES – 6, Nolan Croy (O-G) 15.43. 800 RELAY – 6, Ottawa-Glandorf (Molly Laibe, Lauren Peck, Allison Schroeder, Hannah Kaufman) 1:47.58. 300 HURDLES – Croy (O-G) 41.8.
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