MANSFIELD — Madison senior Kari Eckenwiler struck Mehock gold for the third time in as many tries.
Freshman teammate Nevaeh Lewis may soon be headed down the same path.
Eckenwiler won her third Mehock long jump championship and added a title in the 300 meter hurdles and Lewis sped to victory in the 100 meter dash as the Rams finished second in the team standings at the 88th edition of the Mehock Relays on Saturday at Malabar Intermediate School’s Mehock Field.
Madison finished with 100 points, 10 behind girls team champ Brunswick (110). Shelby (64) was a distant third.
Eckenwiler’s winning jump of 17-feet, 3-inches was almost two feet better than that of runner-up Janiah Sims of Lyndhurst Brush (15-6). She won the event as a freshman with a leap of 16-10.5 and followed that up with a winning jump of 16-2 as a sophomore in 2019 before the 2020 event was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Eckenwiler followed her win in the long jump with a victory in the 300 hurdles. She finished in 48.29, just ahead of Brush’s Jayna Henderson (48.35).
Lewis was dominant in the 100. The speedy freshman won in 12.56 seconds, a full .25 faster than runner-up Makailah Walker of Columbus Bishop Hartley (12.81).
“It felt good to come out of the blocks fast and keep my stride,” Lewis said. “It feels good. I’ve got three more years to get faster.”
Lewis also ran the anchor leg on Madison’s winning 400 relay team. She teamed with Montana Walker, Alexsia Davis and Mylah Davis to win in 50.35. Alexsia Davis also won the 200 in 26.72.
Galion’s Samantha Comer prevented Eckenwiler from sweeping the hurdle events. Comer won the 100 hurdles in 15.44 while Eckenwiler was runner-up in 15.74.
“Me and Kari have similar times. It’s good competition,” said Comer, who will play college volleyball at Notre Dame College. “Kari had me in the first half, so that was good competition for me.”
Ontario had a pair of individual winners on the girls side in Brie Trumpower and Bree Mills. Trumpower won the 800 run in 2:23.23, while Mills won the shot put with a throw of 37-1.75.
Shelby’s Kassie Stine won the high jump with a leap of 5-2.
On the boys side, Madison’s Isaac Brooks swept the hurdle events and was runner-up in the long jump. Brooks won the 110 hurdles in 14.9 and struck gold in the 300 hurdles in 39.24. His leap of 20-10 in the long jump was a PR by 10 inches.
“I’m pretty happy with where I’m at right now,” Brooks said. “Seeing better competition is a factor and my coaches tell me I need to be aggressive.”
Mansfield Senior’s Aveon Grose joined older brother Angelo as a Mehock champ in the long jump. Aveon’s winning leap was 21-6.
“This is our third or fourth meet and every meet I’m getting better and better,” Grose said. “I hope to at least get to 22 by districts.
“My brother won it a couple years back, so it feels pretty good to come out here and win it.”
Grose was also a member of Senior High’s winning 800 relay team. He joined with Aaron Thornton, Malachi Johnson and Keontz Bradley to win in 1:33.21.
Crestview’s Tanner Moore was a double-winner, taking gold in both the 100 meter dash (11.31) and the high jump (6-0).
“My goal is to break our school record (in the 100), which is 10.7,” Moore said. “I need people to push me, which is why I came here.”
Ashland’s Josh Hawley and Clear Fork’s Ethan Staley were the area’s other two individual winners. Hawley won the 800 in 1:59.93 while Staley won the pole vault with a winning effort of 13-6.
“Today wasn’t my best but it was good to get my first Mehock win in colder weather,” Staley said. “It feels really good to have that win.”