TROY — After a delayed start to the season due to weather, the Butler Aviator track teams opened their spring campaign on Wednesday at the Up and Running Invitational in Troy.
The Aviator boys team won the meet with 96 points over Northmont (84) and Milton Union (83.5). Butler’s girls finished fifth with 28 points.
The boys team won five events including Long Lin in the 1600 meter run (4:34.08), Daiton Sharp in the 300 meter hurdles (43.78 seconds), Sharp in the long jump (21 feet, 7 inches), Charles Ellington in shot put (50-02.5) and Dalton Shepler in the pole vault 914-00).
The Aviators placed in several other events. Lin placed second (2:03.15) and Austin Neff was fourth (2:11.69) in the 800 meter run.
Butler placed 2-4 in the 3200 meter run with Gabe Warren second (10:11.60), Matthew Mescher third (11:11.73) and Caleb Veith less than a second behind at 11:18.15.
Daniel Logan was fourth in the high jump with a leap of 5-06.
Noah Bueno placed sixth in the discus with a throw of 116-05. Nathan Mercer was sixth in the pole vault at 7-06.
Other placers were Logan who was eighth in the 100 meter hurdles (21.71), Jeremy Carnes who was eighth in the 400 meter dash (56.26), and Anthony Koewler who was eighth in the 200 meter dash (25.05).
“The boys were excited to get out and compete against other schools,” said Butler boys track coach Corey Zickefoose. “With multiple athletes placing and four athletes getting first in five events it will be an exciting season this year. I’m really excited to see these boys progress through the season and see what they can accomplish.”
Lady Aviators place fifth
The Butler girls placed fifth with 28 points and were led by Abbie Schoenherr who won the 800 meter run in a time of 2:21.73.
Tyree Fletcher placed third in two events, the 100 meter hurdles (18.31 seconds) and the high jump at 4-10.
Mya Stammen was fourth in the 100 meter hurdles 918.54) and Rachel Redmond placed eighth (19.56).
“This was a very productive meet for our young team,” said Butler girls track coach Kyle Schoenherr. “We have a lot of freshmen, and they just got their first track and field experience at the high school level. We kept our approach simple so that each athlete could focus on just one or two events. We asked our more experienced athletes to act as mentors and lead by example, and they did a great job. We were able to learn a lot about the kids at this meet, and this group has a lot of potential. As we get deeper into the season, it’s going to be exciting to see them continue to gain confidence and develop into a well-rounded team.”