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Friday, May 10, 2013PCL track: Musketeers out to dethrone Grove girls
Fort Jennings girls track coach Kevin Horstman still considers his team the underdog entering today's Putnam County League track meet at Ottoville.
Don't tell that to Columbus Grove girls track coach Tim Staley, who is expecting quite a battle as the Bulldogs defend their title.
For Fort Jennings, it's been the school's best season ever on the track in Horstman's 15th campaign as head coach.
The Musketeers celebrated a milestone recently by winning the school's first invitational championship when they took the team title at the Delphos St. John's Invitational.
"For me it was nice knowing we did so well and we are such a small school. We kind of went into the day thinking we could compete pretty well," Horstman said. "When we won, the girls absolutely loved the attention and they deserved it."
The Musketeers have a dynamite group of runners, especially in the sprints.
Returning state qualifier Macy Schroeder is the defending PCL champ in the 100, 200 and 400 while teammate Kaitlin Stechschulte is back to defend her 800 title.
Add in sprinter Lori Bruskotter, who has the area's top time in the 400, and the Musketeers could easily score 50 points in the 100, 200, 400 and 800.
"Last year, we felt like we could get second in the league and this year, it will probably be the same," Horstman said. "Columbus Grove's freshmen and sophomores are going to get them a lot of points in the field events and that will be tough to overcome."
Three more athletes are returning event champions in the girls meet.
Ottoville's Tonya Kaufman is a returning champ in the high jump and long jump. Columbus Grove's Sydney McCluer is the defending champ in the hurdles and teammate Megan Verhoff is back after winning the discus last season.
The boys meet looks to be a runaway for a deep and powerful Columbus Grove team led by five returning champs.
In the field events, returning state qualifiers Dakota Vogt (discus) and Collin Grothaus (pole vault) are defending champs. On the track, Jake Graham (3,200), Colton Grothaus (1,600) and Derek Rieman (hurdles) will try to win their specialties again.
Leipsic's Jordan Chamberlin (100) and Derek Steffan (400) are returning champions in the boys meet along with Continental's Dalton Bradford (200).
The meet is set to begin at 4 p.m.
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