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up and down GWOC Finals

Posted Saturday, May 12, 2012 by Mike Hout
What a great night for the GWOC finals.  The weather was much steadier than on Wednesday, yet some of the Viking results were not quite so steady.

The evening started off with a downer when Zak Kruer had trouble overpowering his pole and could not clear opening height in the pole vault.  Meanwhile, Tyler Ikert had a solid series of throws in the shot put and brought home some points for the team as he placed seventh.  We had to watch a few races and dream of what could have been before we could see some Miamisburg athletes on the track in the boys 4x200 relay.  They put together a solid race and came home with some more points and a sixth place finish.  A few more races without Miamisburg athletes made us a little restless but Andrew Denlinger pulled us out of our lull with a nice pr race in the 400.  He finished in a stunning third place and things were starting to rock and roll for the blue and the white.  Brooklyn Mikesell followed up with another pr in her fine 300 hurdle race for a nice fifth place finish.  Then, just as Kruer stunned with his frustrating pole vault results, he stunned again in the opposite way as he nearly pulled off an upset victory in the 300 hurdles.  He kept the pr parade rolling by dropping over a second off his best time and brought home eight big points in second place.  Michael Melko dropped another pr bomb running way under two minutes in the 800 and bringing home another point for the Burg.  Although Anna and Rachel Flores did not bring home any points for the team, they ran good races in the 3200 and nearly placed.  The M and M crew showed their stuff in the 3200 and nearly pulled off another shocker before settling for sixth and seventh in a pr time for Quentin Mullen and a near pr time for Melko.  In the final event of the day our girls were running well in the 4x400 until Ayanna Pringle took the baton and suddenly we were running great.  Her one minute flat leg put us in contention and nearly pulled off a giant upset.  The boys then took the track and did all they could to follow in the girls footsteps.  Good legs were put in by the first three runners but it was the anchor of Robert Young that brought the biggest oohs and ahhs.  Once again, he put his life on the line and ran us into the upper echelon of the GWOC, before barely making it to the finish line and dropping over at the tape.  What an inspiring finish to the 2012 GWOC championships!

Here are the complete results:
http://www.finishtiming.com/Results/GWOC/2012/HS/Day2/index.htm

And here is our website with results for all the athletes:
http://oh.milesplit.com/teams/1MIA

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