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Dawgs beat heat to place runner-up at districts

From left, Brianna Chenevey, Lauren Clos, Ava Martinez and Amelia Knetzer.

Gazette &  News sports writer

Dalton High School’s track and field team battled through the heat during the district tournament last week for both the boys and girls team to finish district runner-up. East Canton took the top spot in the boys meet and Rootstown won the girls meet.

The Dawgs broke records during districts. Brianna Chenevey set a new Dalton record for the 200 meter dash with a time of 25.43. The record was previously set by Courtney Carathers in 2016. Evan Hodkinson broke his own record, which he set earlier this season, for the 800m run. The new record is now 1:56.24.

Dalton’s coach Jodi Augspurger noted the athletes were affected by the heat during the meet. She said the temperature was a big obstacle the team was not ready for, especially on the first day. Augspurger said the team is already planning for the weather at the regional tournament
and they are focusing on hydration for the meet.

Dalton is sending many athletes to the regional meet at Perry High School May 26 and 28. The 4x800m relay team of Bailey Chenevey, Miki Fath, Emberlynn Nolt and Addesa Miller placed first at districts to advance to regionals. Brianna Chenevey, Lauren Clos, Ava Martinez and Amelia Knetzer make up the regionals-bound 4x200m relay team that took second place at districts. The 4x400m relay team of Clos, Fath, Knetzer and Brianna Chenevey came in first at districts and will go on to regionals. Bailey Chenevey’s fourth place districts finish in the 800m
run earned her a spot at regionals. At districts, Brianna Chenevey placed second in the 200m run and Clos came in third. Both athletes will compete at regionals. Katie Good earned a place at regionals with third place finishes in shot put and discus.

On the boys side at districts, Dalton’s 4x800m relay team of Jordan Muth, Lucas Oswald, Mitchell Kutz and Hodkinson placed third and will go to regionals. The 4x100m relay team of Ozzie Miller, Adam Marthey, Dillon Horst and Jaiden Malone finished second at districts to advance to regionals. Horst, Malone, Marthey and Ozzie Miller made up the 4x200m relay team which will head to regionals after a second place districts finish. The 4x400m relay team of Muth, Oswald, Horst and Jorden Wenger came in third place at districts to progress to regionals.

Ozzie Miller won the 100m dash and Marthey came in fourth at districts for both athletes to move on to regionals. Adam Soehnlen grabbed a spot at regionals with his third place finish in the 300m hurdles at districts. Hodkinson won the 800m run at districts and he will compete at regionals. Rounding out the athletes who will compete at regionals is Kutz, who placed fourth in the 3200m run at districts.

“We are really proud of what our athletes achieved at districts,” said Augspurger. “I don’t think we’ve ever had so many move on to regional competition and we’ve definitely never had both teams as runners-up in the same season. Everyone will have to perform their best at regionals because only the top four move on to state, but our district competition was strong and gave us a good taste of what we will encounter at regionals.”

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