A Cougar 1st: Frontier boys, Waterford girls win Waterford Quad

WATERFORD – Frontier’s track program had never won a meet during its three-year existence entering this season.

Thursday, Frontier’s boys squad placed first at a quad meet in Waterford to give the Cougars their first ever victory.

“Amazing,” said Frontier head coach Adam Olsen. “Kids did great. Busted their butts. From our throwers, to runners, to jumpers, everyone stepped up tonight.”

The boys grabbed first-place finishes in the 100 meter dash (Donavon Boley), high jump (Derek Heddleson), 1600 meter run (Caleb Lanham) and 400 meter dash (Tyler Gutberlet).

They also won a pair of relays. Heddleson and Boley teamed up with Zach Farnsworth and Devon Wright to win the 4 by 100 meter relay in 51.87 seconds, while Gutberlet and Lanham joined Seth and Heath Foutty to claim victory in the 4 by 400 (4 minutes, 49.69 seconds).

“The boys relays did great,” Olsen said.

“Tonight, for the first time in four years of having track at Frontier, they came together as a team.”

The Cougars scored 83 points to win the boys meet. Southern (60) finished second, Waterford (52) third and Wood County Christian (13) fourth.

The Steve Littler-coached Wildcats were led by Eli Strahler, who was a double-champion in the 800 (2:10.30) and 3200 (11:36.47) meter runs.

Jaret and Jacob McCutcheon finished first and second, respectively, in the long jump with leaps of 17-feet-11 inches and 17-feet-10 inches.

Waterford also posted the fastest time in the 4 by 200 meter relay (1:50.98) thanks to the team of Logan Fouss, Clayton Campbell, Cylus Reynolds and McCutcheon.

On the girls side, the Waterford Lady Wildcats absolutely dominated. Waterford finished with a whopping 138 points compared to second-place Southern’s 27, third-place Frontier’s 25 and fourth-place Wood County Christian’s 14.

“I think, overall, the girls did well,” said Waterford girls coach Scott Miller.

“Times are coming down and that’s the main thing right now.”

Waterford won 13 out of 16 events in the meet. Ally Rohrer won three individual events, including the 100 hurdles (18.14), 300 hurdles (50.06) and 200 meter dash (29.37). She was also apart of the winning 4 by 400 relay team (4:42.23), along with Maggie Kroll, Maddy Sury and Lydia Beardsley.

Sury placed first in the long jump (16-02.25) and 400 (1:04.70) while Kroll and Beardsley won the 1600 (5:54.62) and pole vault (6-06), respectively.

Hope Shilling swept the throwing events, posting marks of 33-04 in the shot put and 82-04.5 in the discus. Cierra Jarvis captured the 100 meter dash title with a time of 14.46.

Frontier’s Erica Hays won the high jump (4-06).

Waterford will compete in the Shadyside Relays Saturday while Frontier takes on Buckeye Trail Tuesday.