By ARIEL STAHLER
Gazette & News sports writer
The Division III district meet is an emotional time for athletes. Feelings of joy, sadness, nostalgia and excitement can wash over the athletes and such was the case with Dalton High School’s varsity boys and girls track and field teams during districts at Norwayne High School May 18 and 20.
“Districts is always bittersweet,” said Dalton’s coach Jodi Augspurger. “It is an end to a season for some athletes, as well as a culmination of four years of track and field for some seniors, but it also has that element of anticipation and excitement for those athletes moving on to regionals.”
As is frequently experienced during this time of year, the weather was a challenge. The athletes dealt with rain the first day and soaring temperatures and wind on the final day.
Augspurger said the elements played a role in the results, but her athletes were able to adapt well to the conditions.
Dalton had several girls advance to regionals after great districts performances. Lauren Clos finished second in the 100-meter dash. She set a new school record of 12.59 which broke the old record of 12.67 set by Brianna Chenevey last year. Chenevey placed third in the 100-m dash. Chenevey and Clos came in second and third, respectively, in the 200-m dash. Vivi Cisar placed fourth in the high jump. The 4×100-m relay team of Clos, Courtney Weaver, Macy Seeman and Chenevey won the event. The 4×400-m relay team of Clos, Molly Soehnlen, Addesa Miller and Chenevey came in second place.
Dalton’s boys also punched tickets to regionals after success at districts. Adam Soehnlen placed fourth in the 300-m hurdles. Adam Marthey, Sammy Tomlinson, Max Zoldak and Jaiden Malone made up the 4×100-m relay team that finished second. The 4×200-m relay team of Colin Pearson, Tomlinson, Zoldak and Malone placed third. Quentin Lehman finished third in discus.
“We are fortunate to have a really strong field of competition in every event in our district,” said Augspurger. “It pushes our athletes to perform their best. Many athletes ended their season at districts with their season’s best performances and we have athletes scheduled to compete in nine events at next week’s regional competition.”
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