COLUMBUS – As eight meets will make up the month of April on the track for Wayne High, the Blue Devils competed in a late March invitational.
From Pawnee Park/Memorial Field in Columbus, the Blue Devil girls and boys track & field team competed in the Columbus Scotus Invite on Tuesday.
All the events were completed except the boys 4×400-meter relay before the weather moved in. The 3200-meter run times and girls 4×400-meter relay times were handheld because of the incoming weather. All other times are FAT.
Head coach Dale Hochstein said, “Wayne competed well today (Tuesday) against solid competition improving on their 7th place finishes in each division last spring. We had many personal improvements which is what you are always hoping for at this time of the year as you find your athletes niches on the team.”
The Wayne High girls placed third with 69 points while the Blue Devil boys finished fourth with 66 points.
Bennington won the girls division with 159 points, followed by Bishop Neumann in second place with 124 points, Wayne finished third with 69 points, Columbus Lakeview took fourth with 61 points as the host Columbus Scotus rounded out the top five teams with 59 points.
Wayne High’s lone champion came from Brooklyn Kruse who won the shot put (36’ 7”).
Brooklyn Kruse also finished runner-up in the discus throw (112’ 2”); Kyla Krusemark placed second in the 1600-meter run (5:55) followed by Jala Krusemark in third (5:59) as Jala Krusemark also took third in the 3200-meter run (13:04);
The Blue Devil 4×800-meter relay team placed runner-up in a time of 10:23 (Kiara Krusemark; Kyla Krusemark; Jala Krusemark and Faith Powicki). The 4×400-meter relay team of Haase, Brooklyn Kruse, Kiara Krusemark and Kyla Krusemark) also placed third (4:33).
Columbus Lakeview won the boys division with 142 points, followed by Bishop Neumann in second place with 108 points, Bennington finished third with 86 points, Wayne High took fourth with 66 points as David City Aquinas Catholic rounded out the top five teams with 53 points.
Wayne High champions came from Eli Barner winning the pole vault (11’ 6”) as Jesus Zavala won the 1600-meter run (5:00) and the 3200-meter run (10:59).
Other top finishers came from Ethan Wibben who placed third in the 1600-meter run (5:14); Sedjro Agoumba placed third in the 200-meter dash (23.81) and Mason Ley tied for third in the pole vault (9’ 6”).
The Blue Devil 4×800-meter relay team placed second in a time of 9:14 (Jesus Zavala, Colson Nelson, Mason Ley and Ethan Wibben).
The Wayne High girls and boys track & field team will next host their first of two meets in the month of April. WHS will welcome in Aurora, Boone Central, Columbus Lakeview, Pierce, Columbus Scotus and Wakefield on Tuesday, April 5 with field events beginning at 1 p.m. at Kern Track and Field. After taking part in the Wisner-Pilger Invite on Saturday, April 9, the Blue Devils will host their second invite on Tuesday, April 12.