Indian Hill & Taylor Are League Track & Field Champs


The CHL Track & Field Championships were held at Taylor High School Thursday & Friday.  The girls set or tied 9 league records.  The boys set 2 league records.
Starting two years ago, the CHL has two sets of running records.  One is hand time and the other is fully automatic time (FAT).

Indian Hill was champion with 157 points.  For the Braves, it was their first league title since 2011 and their 8th overall CHL title.  Taylor was 2nd with 145 points. Wyoming was 3rd with 121 points and Mariemont 4th with 111 points.  Reading was 5th (47), Madeira 6th (34), Finneytown 7th (22), & Deer Park 8th (15).  Indian Hill had five individual and one relay league champ.  Four of those individual first places were from one athlete.  Sophomore Anna Podojil had great year as a freshman winning three events and being named CHL Runner of the Year.  She topped that this year by winning four events.  To make it even more impressive, she tied or broke records in all four events.  In the long jump, Podojil went 17'1 to tie the record set back in 2000.  In running, she defended her three titles from a year ago.  Her 12.15 broke her FAT record from last year in the 100 meter dash.  Likewise, her 200 meter record from last year was lowered to 24.86.  In the 400 dash, Anna ran a 57.63.  That not only broke the FAT record but is the fastest time in CHL history! Ashley Prugh set a FAT record in the 1600 with a 5:18.31.  Indian Hill's sixth first place was the 4 x 200 Relay with a time of 1:53.60.  Marley Manigault of Wyoming broke the shot put record which had stood for 28 years. Her record attempt was 37'7.  She also won the discus with a throw of 106'4.5.  Two other first place finishes by the Cowboys were Tiffany Chen in the 800 run (2:28.19) & Whitley Elsass in the 3200 run (12:04.3).  Taylor & Mariemont each had two individual champs.  For the Yellowjackets, Bridget Lanham won the pole vault (8') and Jessie Lakamp won the 100 Hurdles (15.96).  Lakamp set a FAT record as she edged out Carson Fields of Mariemont by .08 second.  Fields won the 300 Hurdles with a FAT record time of 44.69.  Teammate Marin Valentine won the High Jump (5'2).  Mariemont's 4 x 400 Relay won with a FAT record time of 4:17.61.  The league Runner of the Year for the 2nd year in a row was Anna Podojil.  Marley Manigault was Field Athlete of the Year.  Sue Savage of Indian Hill was the Coach of the Year.

Taylor was league champion with 141 points.  It was the Yellowjackets first league title since 2003 and their 4th overall CHL title.  Taylor snapped Wyoming's five year streak of league titles.  Before that, Finneytown had won four in a row.  Reading was 2nd with 120.5 points.  Wyoming was 3rd with 107 points & Indian Hill 4th with 104 points.  Madeira was 5th (58.5), Mariemont 6th (57), Deer Park 7th (46), & Finneytown 8th (14).  Despite scoring 141 points, Taylor only had two first place results.  The Yellowjackets won because of their depth in many events.  Brad Greene won the 800 Run with a time of 2:01.54.  Taylor's 4 x 400 Relay also was 1st in a time of 3:35.12.  Reading & Wyoming each had five first place finishes.  Nate Stidham of Reading remained undefeated this season in the shot put (49'4.5) and discus (148'11.5).  Justin Dreyling also remains undefeated in the long jump (22'2.25).  Blue Devil Gabe Van Skaik was a double winner in the 400 Dash (51.62) & the 200 Dash (23.17).  Zach VanFossen of Wyoming won the High Jump (5"10).  Teammate Jacob Hancock won the Pole Vault (10'6).  Jack Schwartz won the 1600 Run with a FAT league record of 4:32.74.  The Cowboys had two relay teams finish 1st; the 4 x 200 (1:33.79) & the 4 x 100 (45.26).  Indian Hill was league champ in three events.  Chase Dumaulin won the 110 Hurdles (15.79).  Ben Bayless won the 3200 Run (10:10.61).  The 4 x 800 Relay won with a time of 8:21.15.  In the closest race of the day, Alec Vianello of Mariemont edged out Lonnie Grayson of Wyoming 11:53 to 11:56.  Spenser Cox of Madeira won the 300 Hurdles in a FAT record time of 40.85.  Gabe Van Skaik was the league Runner of the Year and teammate Nate Stidham was the Field Athlete of the Year.  James Tenhundfeld of Taylor was the Coach of the Year.  He was the girls' coach of the year last year.

Next up for track & field will be the district meet in New Richmond Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday.