Three-peat! Eisenhower girls capture Region 4 championship

Eisenhower’s Tiffany Work clears the bar in the high jump during last week’s meet against Youngsville. Work and the Lady Knights captured their third straight Region 4 championship with a win over Seneca on Tuesday.

Make it three in a row for Eisenhower girls track and field!

The Lady Knights captured their third consecutive region championship in dominating fashion on Tuesday, beating visiting Seneca 110 2/3-39 2/3.

Like the previous two seasons, this was has been a total team effort for Ike.

“This is a team a lot like the past couple of teams,” said Eisenhower coach Mike Logue, whose squads are 27-1 the past three seasons in dual meets. “You do have some people who stand out and lead us in their events, but it is truly a team effort. We go into meets taking seconds and thirds, we really stress that. Just looking here today, how many seconds and thirds we got. Nothing showed it more than the Titusville meet that was broken on second place finishes.”

That Titusville meet finished in a 75-75 tie, and those second place finishes ultimately led Ike to its Region 4 crown. Impressive considering that Eisenhower is the smallest school in the region, with Titsuville’s female enrollment more than doubling that of the Lady Knights.

“When we first started, we wanted to make sure we had three in every event. We wanted people to see that gold, that Eisenhower girls track was there,” Logue said. “We struggled in dual meets against much larger competition and it was frustrating to know we had good talent but were getting beaten by much larger teams.We have a good work ethic. The girls buy into the team aspect. That’s something that has been passed on through. We have 56 girls in track in grades 7-12. That speaks for itself – 33 varsity, 23 junior high.”

On this day, that total team effort that Logue speaks so highly of was on full display.

The jumpers had a great day, with Emily Wheeler and Delaney Nizzi going 1-2 in the long jump, Michelle Kingsley, Cameran Edwards and Wheeler going 1-2-3 in the triple jump and Alexi Milburn taking first in the high jump with Tiffany Work and Tess Morningstar sharing second with Seneca’s Jordan Klick

Kirsten Baran continues to inch closer, literally, to the school record in the shot put, throwing 33-10 1/2. Logue said she probably would have had it on her first two throws, but she scratched on both of those. Madi Hultman and Breanna Vanderhoof made it a sweep of the shot put, while Lydia Giannini and Baran went 2-3 in the discus, as did Madi and Currie Hultman in the javelin.

On the track, TerryLee Talasky once again swept the 100, 200 and 400 and will go into the District 10 championships on Saturday seeded first in both the 200 and 400.

Work won the 100 hurdles, Nizzi the 300 hurdles and Alecia Straight the 3200. The Lady Knights also swept all three relays.

“I was very pleased with our jumpers today,” Logue said. “We have great young jumpers. Wheeler, Kingsley and Smelko are freshmen and Nizzi, Edwards and Milburn are sophomores. The jumpers have a bright future. Our throwers held their own. Madi (Hultman) had a good season and she will be going to districts. The throwers are senior dominated and were thrown into the fire four years ago as freshman and had to lead us. They have shown us great leadership.”

He also noted the young throwers who have come on this season such as Vanderhoof (freshman), Currie Hultman (freshman) and Giannini (sophomore).

Next up for Ike are Saturday’s District 10 championships at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, OH. The Lady Knights will be sending 11 athletes, including two relay teams. In addition to Talasky, Nizzi is seeded second in the 300 hurdles, Baran top seven in the shot put and Work top seven in the 100 hurdles.

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Eisenhower 110 2/3, Seneca 39 1/3

4×800: 1. Eisenhower (Straight, Morningstar, Richards, P. Hefright) 13:58.1

100 Hurdles: 1. Work (E) 17.9; 2. Troutman (S); 3. Kingsley (E)

100: 1. Talasky (E) 12.9; 2. Edwards (E); 3. Hoover (S)

1600: 1. Myers (S) 6:26.3; 2. Wallin (E); 3. Morningstar (E)

400: 1. Talasky 1:02.4; 2. Smelko (E); 3. Richards (E)

4×100 Relay: 1. Eisenhower (P. Bortz, P. Hefright, Wheeler, Work) 56.2

300 Hurdles: 1. Nizzi (E) 49.3; 2. Klick (S); 3. Giannini (E)

800: 1. Spires(S) 2:47.8; 2. Myers (S); 3. Morningstar (E)

200: 1. Talasky (E) 26.4; 2. Nizzi (E); 3. Turn (S)

3200: 1. Straight (E) 14:14.8; 2. Myers (S); 3. H. Bortz (E)

4×400: 1. Eisenhower (Talasky, Smelko, Richards, Nizzi) 4:34.4

Shot Put: 1. Baran (E) 33-10 1/2; 2. M. Hultman (E); 3. Vanderhoof (E)

Discus: 1. Shreve (S) 90-4; 2. Giannini (E); 3. Baran (E)

Javelin: 1. Tech (S) 106-5; 2. M. Hultman (E); 3. C. Hultman (E)

Long Jump: 1 .Wheeler (E) 13-7 1/2; 2. Nizzi (E); 3. Klick (S)

Triple Jump: 1. Kingsley (E) 27-8; 2. Edwards (E); 3. Wheeler (E)

High Jump: 1. Milburn (E) 4-7; T-2. Work (E), Morningtar (E), Klick (S)

Pole Vault: 1. Smelko (E) 7-0; 2. Martin (S); 3. Senz (E)