Van Wert’s girls track team celebrates a Western Buckeye League championship. It is the first league title since 1976 for the lady Cougar track and field program. (Image via @VanWertXC on Twitter)
Van Wert’s girls track team celebrates a Western Buckeye League championship. It is the first league title since 1976 for the lady Cougar track and field program. (Image via @VanWertXC on Twitter)
OTTAWA — When the results were posted late Friday night, Van Wert got official word that their Lady Cougars had won the 2018 Western Buckeye League track and field meet. It is the first league championship for Van Wert’s girls since the 1976 season.

Van Wert (99 points) edged Elida (88) for the top spot. The Cougar boys were fifth. Celina’s boys won the team title.

Senior Megan Braun was leading the way for Van Wert, as she won the 400 meter dash in 58.14, beating Kenton’s Hannah Holland by nearly a full second. She also won the long jump with a leap of 18-5.25, falling only 1 3/4 inches from a conference record. Second place in that event was Ottawa-Glandorf’s Kirsten Siefker, who landed her leap at 16-2.50.

Van Wert’s 4x400 meter relay team (Caylee Phillips, Megan Braun, Cassidy Meyers, Julia Springer) won its event in 4:06.14. Kirsten Clay won the discus, throwing 127’5” to narrowly edge Kenton’s Lauren Johnson, and Abby Jackson threw 37 feet 9 3/4 inches to win the girls shot put, besting teammate Tabatha Saam, who was runner-up.

Cassidy Meyers was second in the 800 meter run. Caylee Phillips finished as runner-up in the 200 and third in the 100 meter dash.

Among the boys, junior Blake Henry cleared 6-2 to win the high jump, with no other competitor reaching the 6-foot plateau. Senior Eli Rager leaped 20 feet 11 3/4 inches to capture the league long jump title, besting Kenton’s Bryce Ellis by nearly 10 inches. Junior Austin Clay won the shot put at 56’ 6 1/4” and was second in the discus.

The Cougars will take part in the Division II district meet, held at Defiance, on Wednesday and Saturday this week.