Outside The County-Oak Hill
Results from Oak Hill for Thursday, May 25th
Boys Varsity Golf beats Blackford 170 – 198
The Eagles were blue to defeat Blackford tonight at the Pin Hi Golf Club led by Trent Nelson’s even par round of 36. The Eagles will be back in action Saturday at the Arbor Trace Golf Club where the Eagles will host the Grant Four tournament.
Wyrick-Jackson-Biegel-Sweet Win Regional to Qualify for State Finals Breaking School Record in 4×8 Relay While Sweet Advances in 1600 – Golden Eagles Finish Top 10 as a Team
It was a record breaking night for the OHTF Golden Eagles competing Thursday in the IHSAA Fort Wayne Carroll Regional Championship Meet. The highlight of the night came in the opening event the 4×800 Meter Relay when the Golden Eagle foursome of Senior Landon Biegel, Juniors Owen Jackson and Trenton Sweet, along with Sophomore Lance Wyrick took their #1 seed and ran away from a loaded and talented field. The Golden Eagle Men posted a New Program Best time of 7:53.78 to win the event by nearly 12 seconds. All four team members set personal best splits in doing so. The 1st place finish qualifies the relay for the 3rd straight year to the IHSAA State Finals. Currently the relay sits 6th in the state and is also a New All Time Grant County best mark. The previous program record was 7:59 set in 2021 by Biegel and Jackson along with Sol O’Blenis and Jacob Winger.
It’s the 1st Regional Championship in an event since Tahj Johnson and Sammy Sommers both won events in 2019. It is the 1st Relay Regional Championship since 2006 when the 4×800 Relay of Neno Bellinotti, Bryant Blair, Chris Nolan, and Matt McClain went 8:08 to win the Kokomo Regional.
With the Relay Biegel is now a three time State Qualifier in Track & Field joining Sommers, Johnson, and Cameron Balser on a short list.
Sweet was not done on the night. After closing the record breaking relay off with a personal best 1:57 split the Junior ran to a Runner Up finish in the 1600 Meter Run to earn an individual spot in the State Finals. Sweet’s time of 4:21.16 is a new personal best and moves him further up the All Time OHTF Program Record Board. He passed the mentioned three time State Qualifier Balser on the list and now sits 3rd behind only Tolbert and record holder Alan Thomas. Sweet is the 1st State Qualifier in the 1600 for the Golden Eagles since Balser did it in 2010.
Sweet rounded out his stellar night with a solid 6th place finish in the 3200 Meter Run where he posted his 3rd personal best of the night in 9:46.55. That time bumps him ahead of Brent Grogan on the All Time List for 7th best mark.
Three other Golden Eagles scored points on the night in their respective events. The 4×400 Meter Relay team of Biegel, fellow Seniors Caleb Kroll and Lucas Hasty, along with Junior Levi Trexler ran to a tough 5th place finish just missing a State Finals berth by less than 4 seconds. The foursome entered the event seeded 9th and had a tough lane assignment. Their time of 3:30 ranks as a Top 5 All Time Program Mark.
Junior Golden Eagle Nate Brower battled in a talented Pole Vault field to finish 7th overall with a clearance of 12-6.
Junior Tai Johnson also far exceeded his seed as the after entering as the last place 16th seed in the Discuss Johnson threw 140-11 to make the final and earn 8th place.
Jackson and Wyrick doubled back in the 800 Meter Dash just missing points finishing 10th and 11th.
Seniors Wyatt Strange and Silas Jones rounded out their strong careers with a 13th and 14th palace finish in the Discus and Shot Put. While classmate Grant Elzinga competed in the Pole Vault but did not make opening height. Junior Toby Sneed wrapped up his very successful season with a 13th place finish in the 3200 Meter Run.
As a team the Golden Eagles finished 8th overall with 28 points. It marked the program’s 3rd Top 10 Regional Finish in the last 4 completed seasons. Churubusco won the team Championship with 55 points ahead of Homestead who was 2nd with 45. Busco joins OHTF as 1 of 4 Programs classified as 2A or below to ever win a Boys IHSAA Regional Championship.
The 4×800 Meter Relay and Sweet will compete in the IHSAA State Track & Field Championships on Friday June 2nd at Indiana University.