There’s nothing like a cold, windy day to bring out the best in a track and field athlete.
Tuesday’s conditions certainly didn’t seem conducive to clutch performances, but Liberty’s Grant Cartwright didn’t have any trouble setting a pair of throwing records, embracing the wild weather while lifting the Patriot boys to an 84-53 OCC-Cardinal Division dual-meet win against visiting Olentangy.
Cartwright won the discus with a school-record toss of 170-6 and the shot put with a school-record heave of 54-6.
“I don’t know how he did it, really, aside from the fact he’s just a hard-working kid who gets it,” Liberty coach Ryan Snivley said. “He knows how to warm-up in the cold and knows how to take care of his body. With the disc, throwing into the wind can help hold it up a little. He’s been throwing in the 160s, so 170-6 is great for him. That said, I think his performance in the shot was his most impressive of the day.”
Other Liberty winners included Nick D’Amico, who won the 100 in 11.3 seconds; Zach VanGundy, who won the 200 in :23.60; Wiemels, who won the 800 in 2:06.7; Anderson, who took top honors in the 1,600 in 4:48.3; and Jacob Cawthon, who won the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles in respective times of :17.1 and :45.9. The Patriots also won the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.
Olentangy, meanwhile, was boosted by Jeff Clark, who won the high jump with an effort of 5-8; Ramal Iverson, who won the long jump with a leap of 19-4 1/2; Brennan Brooks, who won the pole vault by clearing 12-0; Colin McShane, who won the 400 in :51.6; and Chase Benson, who won the 3,200 in 10:53.3. The Braves also picked up first-place points in the 4x200 and 4x800 relays.
In girls’ action, Liberty authored an equally impressive showing, picking up a 95.5-41.5 win.
Top Patriot point producers included Halee Wex, who won the shot with a heave of 36-1 1/2; Morgan Dye, who won the 200 in :27.1; Trinity Wiles, who won the 800 and 1,600 in respective times of 2:31.1 and 5:31.5; Mhairi Johnston, who won the 3,200 in 12:40.5; Alena Southwick, who won the 100 hurdles in :15.8; Martin, who won the 300 hurdles in :54.4; and Ma, who won the discus with a toss of 99-2. Liberty swept the relay events to pad its point total.
Olentangy was led by Gabbi Dodd, who won the high jump by clearing 4-6; Hanel, who won the long jump with an effort of 15-2; Whitney Bice, who won the pole vault after clearing 10-6; Nicey Bauman, who won the 100 in :12.9; and Courtney Simmons, who won the 400 in 1:06.
Orange vs. Licking Heights
The Orange boys had a solid outing Tuesday against visiting Licking Heights, picking up a 70.66-66.33 non-league win.
Pioneer winners included Beck, who won the 100 in :11.65; Josh Parker, who won the 200 in :24.81 and the long jump with a leap of 19-7 1/2; Jess Glover, who picked up top honors in the 400 in :56.87; Triston Richardson, who won the pole vault by clearing 12-6; and Andy Bosley, who won the high jump with an effort of 5-4. Orange also won the 3,200 and the 4x400 relay.
Orange’s girls battled, standing out in the distance events, but fell to Licking Heights 71-66.
Pioneer winners included Dove, who won the 1,600 in 6:10.8; Davis, who won the 3,200 in 13:36.6; Allison Priest, who won the 300 hurdles in :53.08; and the 4x100 relay team, which took top honors with an effort of :54.05.
Big Walnut vs. New Albany
The Golden Eagle girls put together a solid all-around outing Tuesday against the visiting Eagles, picking up wins in all the major categories (field events, sprints, hurdles and relays) to notch a 79-58 triumph.
Big Walnut winners included Layla Crawford, who swept the throwing events with wins in the shot (28-9 1/2) and discus (94-1 1/2); Olivia Small, who won the long jump (18-2); Jordan Lyle, who won the pole vault (8-6); Shelby Bradford, who won the 100 hurdles (:16.8); Leah Thomas, who won the 100 (:13.0); Brea Medlock, who won the 200 (:27.0) and 400 (1:01.6); and Beth Bogantz, who won the 800 (2:34.4). The Golden Eagles also won the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.
The boys’ results were not available at press time.