Lady Knights capture Cowen Invitational title

Lady Knights capture Cowen Invitational title
Andrea Povick

The West Holmes Lady Knights won the Cowen Invitational at Loudonville High School on Saturday, April 17, and the boys grabbed runner-up honors to complete a strong weekend.


Another weekend track meet, another terrific effort by the West Holmes Knights track program. The West Holmes girls emerged victorious while the Knights boys grabbed runner-up honors at the annual Cowen Invitational at Loudonville High School on Saturday, April 17.

The Lady Knights racked up 106.5 points to easily move past runner-up Rittman’s 79. It was a scramble for the Indians to grab runner-up honors, with Highland (76), Chippewa (75) and Fredericktown (73) all lurking.

But this day belonged to WHHS.

Jasmine Giauque raced to victory in the 100-meters, winning in 13.13, but she was far from done collecting gold. She also topped the charts in the 200, finishing in 27.25, 13-hundredths ahead of Hillsdale’s Sydney Elliott. Giauque also would fire off a winning time of 62.27 in the 400-meters, winning by nearly three full seconds. Katie Sprang also emerged victorious in the 800-meters, where she burned the competition in 2:24.30, two seconds ahead of the field.

In the discus Amy Hughes and Zoe Norris took fifth and sixth, respectively, but it would be Hughes coming up big in the shot, where her toss of 32-09.5 was nearly 2 feet beyond anyone else. Brenna Myers claimed fifth in the 3200-meters in 12:40.14.

In the long jump, Hannah Rohr and Katie Sprang added solid points, placing fourth and fifth, while in the long jump, Laney Duff and Daphne Alexander each cleared 4-10 on their way to placing third and fourth, respectively. Brenna Myers claimed fourth in the 1600-meters in 5:54.35 while Daphne Alexander placed eighth in the 100-meter hurdles.

The 4-by-400 relay team of Giauque, Rohr, Areceii Kandel and Sprang raced their way to the win in a time of 4:24.99 while the 4-by-800 relay group of Kandel, Madisyn Glassford, Taelor Patterson and Olivia Sampsell finished eighth.

On the boys’ side of the ledger, the same Highland team that topped West Holmes in the Knights’ Invite did it to the Knights again, posting a score of 114, which eased them by WHHS’s runner-up score of 106. Fairless was third with 97, with the rest of the 12-team field well behind.

Lane Graham took home titles in both the shot and discus, with winning heaves of 55-06.5 and 152-08, respectively. The discus throw was more than 30 feet beyond the nearest competitor.

In the 200-meters, Brady Taylor waged an epic battle against Highland’s Landyn Albanese. At the wire Taylor’s time of 22.78 was three-hundredths of a second behind Albanese while Grant Miller also qualified for the finals and placed sixth in 24.36.

Taylor did get the gold beforehand in the 400-meters, where he tore to victory in 51.76, easily besting runner-up Conner Durant of Fairless’ time of 53.37.

Gavin Freeman grabbed fifth in the long jump, and in the high jump, Zander Schultz cleared 5-10 on his way to finishing in the runner-up spot. Emmett Myers worked his way to third in the pole vault by clearing 13-06 while Zeke Galbraith was steady in the 3200-meters, placing fifth in 10:23.78.

Cade Wagers placed seventh in the 800-meters in 2:10.34. In the 300-meter hurdles, the Knights placed two competitors, with Austin Myers taking second in 44.03 and Logan Kula grabbing seventh in 47.63. In the 1600-meters, Cade Wagers earned a fourth-place finish in 4:42.09 but was less than two seconds out of second place in a frantic finish.

The 4-by-100 relay team of Gavin Freeman, Graham, Emmett Myers and Taylor would win in a time of 44.87, well ahead of Loudonville’s runner-up time of 46.27.

The 4-by-200 relay team of Freeman, Austin Myers, Emmett Myers and Taylor romped their way to victory in 1:33.06, their three-second victory putting them well ahead of the field.

The girls WHMS track team dealt Mansfield Senior a 100-12 loss. Earning first place for the Lady Knights were Jozlynn Giauque in the 100-meter hurdles; Brianna Poventud in the 100-meters and pole vault; Zora Starner in the 1600-meters; the 4-by-100 team of Ogi, Poventud, Smith and Giauque; Lexy Starner in the 400-meters; the 4-by-200 team of Bertram, Holasek, Bruce and Kandel; Noelle Smith in the 800-meters; Casey Ogi in the 200-meters and tied for first in the pole vault; the 4-by-400 team of Smith, Starner, Giauque and Starner; Haley Gallion in the shot put; Keely Mellott in the disc; Lilli Al-Sulten Brown and Piper Porter tied for first in the high jump; and Laini Weber in the long jump.

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