June 26, 2016

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Track & field: Pirates’ Becca Herte breaks a record

SULLIVAN TWP. — In the last home track meet of her prep career, Black River’s Becca Herte wanted to leave her mark.

The senior did that and then some, winning all three events she competed in — one with a school-record result — as the Pirates fell 83-57 to Buckeye on Wednesday in a Patriot Athletic Conference dual.

Black River’s Becca Herte broke the school record in the pole vault Wednesday vs. Buckeye. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JUDD SMERGLIA)

Black River’s Becca Herte broke the school record in the pole vault Wednesday vs. Buckeye. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JUDD SMERGLIA)

For the second time in a week, Herte broke her school record in the pole vault, this time clearing 11 feet in her final performance at Art Stevenson Field. Last Thursday, she jumped 10-6 to win the Crestview Pruner Invitational.

“It felt great,” she said with a smile. “Compared to last year, I feel like a new person. I feel like all the practice I did over the winter time is all coming together at the right time. It’s been working out well.

“My goal this season was to break the school record and I was able to do that last week and today.”

A year ago, Herte failed to advance out of the rugged Orrville Division II District, falling one spot short of qualifying for regionals.

“I was just having some problems with pushing on the pole and stuff,” said Herte, a state qualifier as a sophomore. “Now that I’ve figured that out and I’ve got my run faster. It’s all coming together. Last year my run wasn’t good, but now I have my steps figured out and it’s all flowing perfectly.”

Herte’s success didn’t stop at the pole vault, as she calmly walked over to the long jump and cleared 16-5½ to win that event. She also won the 100 hurdles in 17.98 seconds.

While Herte stole the show, Buckeye won both meets, with the boys triumphing 86-57.

Paced by multiple-event winners Rhyanna Wroblesky, Trisha Widenmeyer and Summer Setliff, the Bucks dominated the girls meet.

Wroblesky took first in the 100 and 200, while Widenmeyer claimed the high jump and took first in the 400 by almost a full 10 seconds.

Setliff clocked a season-best 5:48.34 to win the 1,600 meters before winning the 800 and helping the 4×400 relay to victory.

“I never thought I would get that this year,” Setliff said of her mile time, which is just a couple of ticks off her personal record. “It felt great. I had to finally find a pace. I never really had that last year and now my times are getting better.”

Abby Miller and Amber Neuman won the shot and discus, respectively, for Black River.

On the boys side, Buckeye swept the field events. Seniors Matt Wuensch (shot/disc) and Carlton Watkins (high jump/long jump) continued their impressive seasons, while sophomore Aaron Klubnik recorded a PR in his pole vault win, jumping 11-6.

Kyle Gatt won both hurdle events. The senior had some extra motivation in his 300 win, as he beat Black River’s Derek Haff and his twin brother Chad Gatt for the gold.

“I felt I ran a good race and overall I was happy,” Kyle Gatt said.

Ryan Gallagher continued to taper his times while winning the 800 and 1,600, while Jeff Haddad (200) and Jordan Canedy (400) also won.

The Pirates’ Jared McFadden crossed the finish line first in the 3,200 and Matt Joppeck edged teammate Seth Terry for a win in the 100.

Contact Dan Brown at sports@medina-gazette.com.