ARCHBOLD — The Montpelier boys track team wasn’t expecting to take home any sort of hardware at a Division III district track meet in Archbold on Saturday.
So when it was announced the Locomotives had taken runner-up at the meet, only a handful of the team members were around to collect the trophy. The rest were packing up on the other side of the track and headed for home.
The race for runner-up was close. While the Liberty Center boys ran away with the team title with 114.5 points, Montpelier took second with 53, just one point ahead of third-place Patrick Henry (52) and two points ahead of fourth-place Delta (51).
“We didn’t know where we were before then, so I didn’t think anything of it,” Montpelier coach Troy Roth said. “I didn’t think we were going to be in the top two at all. It was a pleasant surprise. The kids ran really well today.”
Leading the way to the runner-up finish were several Locomotives who placed in the top four of their respective events to advance to this week’s Division III regional meet in Tiffin.
Senior Payton Pease won a district title in the 200-meter dash in 23.68 seconds. He was also a part of the first-place 4x100 relay team with teammates Brandon Stein, Chandler Byers and Eric Short that won in 45.47 seconds.
“There’s a lot of competition here and cutting it down to the four teams in the finals really brings out the best in everybody,” Pease said. “I think our team just put it all out there the best they can.”
Stein also advanced in the 100 by placing fourth in 11.91 seconds.
The Montpelier 4x200 team of Pease, Short, Rowen Beck and Thomas Jay advanced by placing third in 1:34.61, in addition to the 4x400 team of Short, Jay, Blake Bumb and Tyler Michael, which placed second in 3:35.01.
Montpelier’s Tyler Phongphiou was third in the discus with a toss of 131 feet, 7 inches.
Edon junior Chase Reed captured the other first-place crown among Williams County boys. He won the long jump with a leap of 19 feet, 9.75 inches, one year after a his brother, Cameron — a 2018 graduate and state qualifier — won the district title in the long jump.
“I’m always competing with my brother,” Reed said. “We won BBC’s two years in a row, too, so that’s cool. ... But honestly, I just want to beat my brother.”
Edon’s 4x400 team of Riley Manahan, Chad Howard, Destin McCartney and Keagen Romine also advanced with a fourth-place finish in 3:37.11, while Edon’s Jacob Dulle was fourth in the discus with a toss of 131-3.
Edgerton’s Greg Roth and Craig Blue both advanced in four events, starting with the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles. Roth was second in the 110 hurdles in 16.38, while Blue was third in 17.09. In the 300 hurdles, Blue was second in 42.16, while Roth was third in 42.22.
Roth, Blue, Brody Degryse and Hunter Prince teamed up for a third-place finish in the 4x100 in 45.81. The Edgerton 4x200 team of Blue, Greg Roth, Elliot Roth and Hunter Burke was third in the 4x400 in 3:36.70.
Fairview sophomore Treyvon Hastings doubled up in the distance events by placing second in the 1600 with a time of 4:35.07 and the 3200 in 10:21.89.
Fairview senior Eric Culler was third in the 100 in 11.73 and fourth in the 200 in 23.86 to advance in two events.
Fairview’s Chris Yagel was second in the 100 in 11.72.
North Central’s Leynes Wandrey was third in the 200 in 23.81. Wandrey, along with 4x100 teammates Hayden Haas, Koleman Faler and Joshua Wehrle also advanced by placing fourth in 46.09.
Stryker’s Emanuel Villanueva was fourth in the 1600 in 4:40.45.
The girls competition was split into two districts in Archbold, with the top four from each event in both districts advancing to regionals.
Among area athletes in District 1, Edon junior Riley Bloir repeated her performance from last year by advancing in four events as an individual. She was third in the long jump with a leap of 16 feet, won the 100 hurdles in 16.67, was third in the 100 in 13.38 and fourth in the 300 hurdles in 49.66.
“It’s amazing,” Bloir said. “That 300 hurdle finish was a little close and I didn’t think I made it, so I was a little upset. But then my dad came over and told me I made it and I’m just so happy that I made it in four events again.
“I’m definitely going try to move on to regional finals in all four and then see what happens. I definitely think states are a possibility as long as I keep working.”
Edon junior Arianna Howard won a district title in the shot put by throwing 35 feet, 5.5 inches.
Stryker’s Kinsey Myers was third in the 400 in 1:04.87. Her teammate Trinitie Woolace was second in the 3200 in 12:28.86.
Edgerton’s Claire Flegal was second in the 300 hurdles in 49.11 and Edgerton’s Bree Hug was third in the shot put with a throw of 32-5.
The Edgerton girls 4x400 of Madison Smith, Faith Herman, Natalia Barron and Bailey Bowen was third in 4:24.71.
The Montpelier girls 4x400 of Hanna Bumb, Kimme Engels, Chelsea McCord and Brinn Miller was fourth in 4:26.31.
The Montpelier 4x100 of Bumb, McCord, Rachel McIntosh and Shailyn Bohner was also fourth in 54.42.
Montpelier’s Kiah Sanders was fourth in the shot put with a throw of 32 feet, 5 inches.
In District 2, Fairview’s Riley Mealer was fourth in the 100 hurdles in 17.64.
Area Division III athletes will return to action on Wednesday and Friday at a regional track meet at Heidelberg University in Tiffin. The top four in each event at regionals advance to state competition in Columbus.