ARCHBOLD — Liberty Center’s girls track and field team were the favorites entering the Northwest Ohio Athletic League championships this week.
The Lady Tigers ran away with the team title on Day 2 of the meet Friday at Archbold High School.
LC racked up 190 team points, which included wins in nine of 17 events, in racing past second-place Bryan (103 points). Wauseon finished third with 85 points followed by Patrick Henry 63, Evergreen 60, Archbold 59, Swanton 50 and Delta 32.
Liberty Center swept the relays, which included a pair of meet records.
The Lady Tigers’ team of Peyton Armey and Kate, Haley and Elle Mohler won the 800 relay with a time of 1:46.10, surpassing the meet record by 0.19 seconds set by Archbold in 2015. That same group of four also set the record in the 400 relay, running a time of 50.53 seconds, which bested Archbold’s 2015 record of 50.70.
Armey, Haley and Elle Mohler and Gracie Miller ran a 4:11.25 to win the 1600 relay, while MaKayla Meller, Hope Oelkrug, Mallory Stark and Miller won the 3200 relay by more than 15 seconds with a time of 9:53.25.
Hope Oelkrug added a win in the 1600 with a time of 5:20.85, while Kate Mohler ran a 47.06 to win the 300 hurdles, Elle Mohler had a first-place finish in the 200 with a time of 25.92 and Gracie Miller took first in the 800 with a 2:24.38.
Emili Cramer won the discus Tuesday with a throw of 116-11.
Runner-up finishes for LC included Aubree Hollenbaugh in the 100, Hope Oelkrug in the 800, Armey in the 200 and Emersyn Gerken in the high jump.
LC’s other top-four finishers included Maddie Bailey (3rd, 100 hurdles), Aleah Minnich (3rd, 100), Carly Roth (3rd, long jump), Cramer (3rd, shot put), Meller (4th, 1600 and 3200), Haley Mohler (4th, 400), Alyssa Giesige (4th, shot put) and Calla Oelkrug (4th, pole vault).
Patrick Henry was led by three runner-up finishers.
Megan Meyer placed second in the 400 and also ran on the 1600 relay team, which included Chloe Baird, Lexi Holloway and Brooke Bostelman, that finished second. Paige Boyer was the runner-up in the pole vault and teammate Kelsey Smith took third.
Baird, who was fourth in the 800, teamed with Meyer, Bostelman and Emily Gillson to finish third in the 3200 relay, while Meyer, Holloway, Karsyn Weber and Karlie Gubernath were fourth in the 800 relay.
Other notable winners included Archbold’s Sophie Rupp (400, high jump) and Chloe Merillat (100 hurdles) and Wauseon’s Teagan Rupp (pole vault).
Additional notable finishers included Wauseon’s Grace Rhoades (2nd, 3200; 3rd, 1600), Rupp (2nd, long jump), Marie Hutchinson (2nd, discus), Johanna Taylor (3rd, high jump), Abigail Smith (4th, 100), Eva Mennetti (4th, 100 hurdles) and its 3200 relay team. Archbold’s Merillat was second in the 300 hurdles, while Hailey Wooley was third in the discus and Alanna Pedraza took fourth in the 300 hurdles.