YELLOW SPRINGS — Friday’s Bulldog Classic track and field meet at Yellow Springs High School was the final tuneup for more than a dozen schools before the teams turned their focus to their league meets and the post season.
The athletes have been fine tuned for these late meets, and so it made sense that the Bulldog meet — despite running multiple heats and 800-meter racewalking events — ran like a finely tuned machine as well.
“To have 14 schools here at a venue as small as ours, is terrific. We’ve got some Division I schools, D II, some Metro Buckeye League, Cincinnati and Dayton Public Schools … it’s been a great turnout and a fun meet,” said Yellow Springs coach John Gudgel. “For every school here, this is our last regular season meet before our respective league meets. So this is a meet where we’re trying to fine tune things, and to try and make a determination as to who to put in what events, because we all head off to our league meets and then districts.”
Yellow Springs Julie Roberts won the 300-meter hurdles event in a time of 50.84 seconds. And Bulldog racewalkers Olivia Brintlinger-Conn and Danielle Worsham in the girls, and Cameron Haught in the boys, dominated their respective events.
“Danielle and I tend to push each other, and so this is an event that helps both of us,” said Brintlinger-Conn. “I’ve never racewalked an 800-meter distance before, so I have no idea whether or not I had a good finish time. But it was a good race.”
Brintlinger-Conn appeared to have passed Worsham at the finish.
Haught said he’s beginning his second year of racewalking. He’s a freshman, but he already has several college programs that have shown an interest in him. He says he owes that to finally figuring out the technique involved in racewalking.
“When you first start out, it just feels difficult. But as you get the technique down, it feels more comfortable and your times start to improve,” Haught explained. He’s got the timing down. In Friday’s race, he bested the second-place finisher by more than 10 seconds.
“He’s turning in racewalking times better than many college All-Americans already,” explained Springs assistant coach Jacob GunderKline.
Several Fairborn athletes turned in winning performances.
Fairborn senior thrower Kayla Patterson appeared to be in peak form as she won the girls shot put event with a toss of 35 feet, 7 inches. Results weren’t official as of presstime, but Patterson likely won the girls discus event as well.
Fellow Skyhawk Chris Edwards won the boys 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.07. He said he hopes to break the Fairborn school record, which is 14.5 seconds.
“I definitely feel that was one of my better runs. I didn’t knock down any hurdles and I felt like that was one of my better times. That felt good today,” Edwards said.
Fairborn’s Adam Knaub won the 300 high hurdles with a time of 42.01, and the Skyhawk boys 400-meter relay team of Lawrence Inman, Tony Morris, Jerrimy Smith and Jeremy Bridges won their event in 43.91.
The complete official results were not available as of presstime, because the boys 3,200-meter run and the two 1,600 relays had yet to be contested. The meet began at 4:30 p.m. but finished under the Yellow Springs football stadium lights.
Complete results will run when they are made available.