By John Bombatch
JAMESTOWN — If at first you don’t succeed …. wait around until potential hail and lightning comes into the forecast, then go home.
That was how things ended up for Thursday’s Greeneview track meet at Don Nock Field. Host Greeneview, and the high school track & field teams from Dayton Christian and Cedarville tried to compete, but Ma Nature had other plans.
Most of the field events had been completed, and the list of running events had just finished with the 100-meter dash, when officials saw lightning to the south at around 6 p.m. That put everything in a state-mandatory half-hour delay.
But at 6:35 p.m. with thunder still rumbling in the not-so-far distance and radio reports of possible hail and wind damage headed Jamestown’s way, the meet was called and everyone scrambled for shelter or their team buses.
“We had gotten off to a good start, and we were really looking forward to running this meet,” Greeneview coach Tim Aronhalt said, from the dry comfort of the wrestling room adjacent to the Nock Field concession stand. “We had hoped to see the Dunbar girls team here. They always provide plenty of competition, Cedarville is always tough, and Dayton Christian always brings some good talent. But I guess the weather had other ideas.”
Greeneview’s girls had gotten off to a good start before the rains came and drenched everything.
Jessica Folino had won the girls 100-meter hurdles for the Rams with teammate Kelsey Merriman placing second; and Kristen Combs had won the girls 100 dash. (These results are unofficial, by the way. Some heats were combined in an effort to save time, and several of the names on the heat sheet list of entries did not match up with the names on the results sheets … which went somewhere with an official when the rains came. — ED)
In field events, Greeneview’s Alex Hansen won the high jump with a leap of 4 feet, 2 inches, and Hannah Ferrell won both the discus (with a throw of 89 feet, 6 inches) and shot put (27-1 1/4). Cedarville’s Ryanne Rinaldi won the long jump with a leap of 14 feet, 8 inches.
Of the boys events that had been contested, Cedarville won the 3,200 Relay, the Indians’ Everett Harding won the 110-meter hurdles, and it’s believed that Cedarville’s Nick Christman won the 100-meter dash.
Greeneview swept the three completed field events. Kevin Combs (5-2) and Chase Hansen (5-0) finished 1-2 in the high jump while Jaron Stonebrunner won the discus (117-2) and the shot put (38-6 1/4).
The Rams’ Garret Wilson was second in the discus while fellow Ram Logan Lehman finished as runner-up in the shot put.
Aronhalt was hoping to use Thursday’s home meet as a bit of a measuring stick for his team, as the Ohio Heritage Conference meet and the postseason meets draw near.
“We have a few invitationals, the league meet and districts ahead of us, so we wanted to see how we’d compete today, but instead we had good ol’ Ohio weather to contend with,” he said.
“Were really happy with our girls team, especially. Kristen Combs is our top points getter, and Ocean Morris transferred in from Miamisburg and has been doing well. Her best times are still ahead of her, probably. Jessica Folino has been one of our top hurdlers for years, and she’s just now getting into track form.”
Aronhalt said there are several young throwers who have surprised him so far, and he hopes the girls can challenge West Liberty-Salem for the OHC crown.
“We’ve exceeded a lot of expectations on the boys side. Daniel Sage is having a great year. He’s really come on in the 400, and this year he’s running the 100 and the 200 as well. Our boys 4×400 team (Rich Howard, Alex Brown, Collin Matt and Daniel Sage were scheduled to run the race on Thursday) was undefeated until a couple weeks ago. They’ve put up probably some of the best marks we’ve had in about 10 years. Our relays are doing well, and our throwers have been a big source of points for our team.”
Along with the above-mentioned Rams field standouts, Aronhalt credited Collin Matt (relays), Mason Link (distance) and Robbie Engle (hurdles) as solid performers thus far for the team, too.
Greeneview returns to the track on Tuesday for the Springfield Shawnee Invitational.
High Jump — 1. Kevin Combs, Greeneview 5 feet, 2 inches; 2. Chase Hansen, Greeneview 5-0; 3. Seth ???, Cedarville 5-0; Discus — 1. Jaron Stonebrunner, Greeneview 117-2; 2. Garret Wilson, Greeneview 104-7; 3. Tylor Tackett, Greeneview 95-11; Shot Put — 1. Stonebrunner, Greeneview 38-6.25; 2. Logan Lehman, Greeneview 34-9; 3. John Sizer, Cedarville 33-1.5;
High Jump — 1. Alex Hansen, Greeneview 4-2; 2. Kaitlyn Belliveau, Cedarville, NH; Long Jump — 1. Ryanne Rinaldi, Cedarville 14-8; 2. Ocean Morris, Greenview 13-0; 3. Sophie Mortensen, Cedarville 12-9; Discus — 1. Hannah Ferrell, Greeneview 89-6.5; 2. Kyla Harding, Cedarville 70-9; 3. Hanna Engle, Greeneview 68-10.5; Shot Put — 1. Ferrell, Greeneview 27-1.75; 2. Grace Lucas, Greeneview 23-2.75; 3. Kayla Horney, Cedarville 22-10.
John Bombatch may have dried off by now. He can be reached at 937-372-4444, Ext. 2123.