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Monday 17 October 2022

Selena’s Dameron wins his third consecutive WBL Championship

by Gary R. Rasberry

Photo by Gary R Rasberry/The Daily Standard

Selina’s Kylie Dameron (2745) leads Alexa Furtman of Ottawa Glendorf (2784) during the Western League Girls’ Race in Ottawa. Dameron won the race for her third title in a row.

OTTAWA – Selena’s Kylie Dameron was two miles ahead of Alexa Furtman in the Western Buckeye League’s high school girls’ race.

Demron wasn’t interested in letting her get any closer, as she slipped the last mile and became a three-time Western League champion on Saturday at Memorial Park in Ottawa.

Damron, who finished second as a freshman before taking the title as a sophomore and junior, started in the group as the racers made it to the first mile and into a loop across the park. After passing the two-mile mark, Dameron was a few steps ahead of Furtmann, the state’s Division II champion last spring in the 400 and 800 metres.

But as fans gathered along the finish line, Dameron was ahead by more than five seconds, crossing the line in 18:54.53 with Fortman finishing second for the second consecutive season at 18:59.97.

“I tried to keep a steady pace and go faster as I went,” Kylie Dameron said after a break to watch my teammates finish the match. “I knew I had to get a good gap (between her and Furtman). I knew the last 800 I had to kick hard.

“It feels good,” she said on winning her third league title. “I love the cooler weather (he was in his mid-40s and active at race time) and the competition. Often this year I haven’t had a lot of competition. Having that helped a lot. Plus it’s the league meets.”

Shawnee’s Molly Stump and Alaina Williams finished third and fourth with OG’s Madelyn Hovest taking fifth. From sixth to twelfth, taking first-team honors from All-WBL, went to Kenton Addie Mann, Jennali Dameron of Selena, Gina Stamp of Shawnee, Kyra Welch of Shawnee, Kenton Leah Harder, Emily Durham of Elida, and Myra Horvath. from Defence.

Mary’s Lauren Schluemer just missed the first 13th team to receive honors. Our teammates Maria Guti and Peyton Gable were 15th and 19th, respectively, to also take home the honors. Zoey Aukerman just missed an honorable mention to finish in 25th place.

The girls’ team title race was a battle between host Ottawa Glendorf and Shawnee, with the Titans winning at their original track by a 63-66 lead. Selena finished third in 96 with Kenton fourth with 108 and St Mary’s fifth with 128. Van Wert (134), Van Wert (134), Deviance (153), Wapakoneta (176) and Elida (216) finished in the lead with Bath. Not sending an entire team.

The Titans took a sweep of the high school team titles in the relegation to win with 72 points. Bath was second by 91 with Van Wert third with 96. Shawnee (100), Deviance (121), Wapakoneta (124), Selena (131), St Marys (147), Kenton (233) and Elida (315) Rounding arrangement.

Shawnee’s Noah Williams, a pre-season runner-up as a sophomore, won with a time of 16:13.77, about 12 seconds ahead of runner-up Ty Rosengarten of the OG. Shawnee’s Carter Cliffs finished third with Wapakoneta’s Axton Fosnow in fourth and Van Vert’s Owen Scott in fifth.

Photo by Gary R Rasberry/The Daily Standard

Tyler Burt works in St. Mary’s for a cross-suburban WBL meet.

The sixth to twelfth place winners with all WBL awards are Josiah Gonzalez of Defiance, Van Vert Drew Ludeck, Tyler Burt of St. Marys, Jacob Wehrmann, Selena Colin Boening, Ty Buckland of OG, and Calvin Morris of St. Marys. Selena’s Conor Krugman finished third to take the honors as Ty Drexler lost 22nd to 24th.

Photo by Gary R Rasberry/The Daily Standard

Celina’s Colin Buening earned All-WBL honors by placing 10th in the league meet.

Selena won the middle school boys’ title with 25 points with Saint Marys finishing fifth. Mary’s Gavin Luebke won the two-mile race in 11:19.10, just two seconds ahead of Celina’s Caleb Dameron. Selena’s Caleb Lehmann finished third, while teammate Harrison Dabelt ranked fifth. Selena’s Cole Boening took 10th place.

Van Vert won the women’s junior team title with 54 points. Selena ranked eighth with Saint Mary’s taking ninth. Lorelei Clifford and Alica Bridge were top of Selena’s list at 28th and 29th, respectively. St. Marys led the 34th place for Casey Regides.

Cross-suburban postseason starts next Saturday. Selena and Saint Mary travel to Columbus Grove for a Division Two meeting.

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