Fort Recovery High School senior David Trobridge sprints to the finish line ahead of Jackson Center’s Tyler Lett in the 100-meter dash Friday at FRHS. Trobridge beat Lett in both the 100 and 200 dash, but the Tribe boys fell to the Tigers, 77-41. (The Commercial Review/Chris Schanz)
Fort Recovery High School senior David Trobridge sprints to the finish line ahead of Jackson Center’s Tyler Lett in the 100-meter dash Friday at FRHS. Trobridge beat Lett in both the 100 and 200 dash, but the Tribe boys fell to the Tigers, 77-41. (The Commercial Review/Chris Schanz)
FORT RECOVERY — The Indians already have a lack of numbers working against them.
It didn’t help they were missing some runners who were on a band trip to Chicago.
With a depleted squad Friday, the Fort Recovery High School girls track team lost a close meet to the visiting Jackson Center Tigers, 59.5-52.5.
The Tribe boys weren’t able to compete in four events, and as a result, lost to the Tigers 77-41.
Despite missing some key contributors in Elle Sutter and Issac Siegrist, FRHS coach Eric Hemmelgarn said he was still pleased with how well his teams performed.
“Tonight we had some guys run different events,” he said. “It’s nice to have guys like that, that will help out when they need to. They don’t gripe about it. You ask them to do it and they’re more than willing to help out and that’s a good mentality to have with a track team.
“You never know when an absence or an injury is going to happen, so for all my kids to be able to pitch in. (It’s) nice to know I don’t have to change much around and I’ll still have the kids to do it.”
One of those injuries was to freshman Alexis Hobbs, who after winning the 300-meter hurdles — she also placed first in the 110 hurdles — complained of shin splints and wasn’t able to continue. Because of her absence, Hemmelgarn was forced to scratch her from the 4x400 relay team.
It was the third event in which the girls were not able to compete.
Jocelyn Kaiser, who won the shot put with a throw of 30 feet, 0.5 inches, and also competed on the second-place 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams, was forced to end her meet early with an injury as well.
Although the Indians’ two leading freshmen left with injuries, Hemmelgarn said he is hopeful they will bounce back and continue to help the team the remainder of the season.
“For the future, I think we’re in the right direction because our freshmen are contributing,” he said. “Our freshmen have varsity letters only three meets in. It’s nice to know we have a solid core.”
Angela Heitkamp (800 run) and Grace Gehle (3,200 run) also picked up individual victories.
Sierra Pugh added a pair of second-place finishes in the 100 and 200 dashes. The senior, who Hemmelgarn said missed the first half of the school day with a sickness, was six tenths of a second behind Jackson Center’s Pauline Meyer in both races.
In the 100 dash, she came out of the block slow but recovered in the final 70 meters to edge teammate Emily May and Katrina McGowan by one-tenth of a second. May and McGowan crossed the finish line in 14.4 seconds.
“For some seniors they would have been done if they were not feeling well,” Hemmelgarn said of Pugh, who also ran the first leg of both sprint relays. “For her to show the guts to come out, participate, and do as well as she did, it’s nice.”
David Trobridge was the highest scoring Fort Recovery boy, placing first in both the 100 dash (12.2 seconds) and 200 dash (26 seconds). He had a strong start out of the block in the 100 dash for an early lead over Jackson Center’s Tyler Lett, who was on Trobridge’s coattails the entire race. The Fort Recovery senior held on to his advantage, beating Lett by two tenths of a second.
Trobridge was also second in the 400.
Caylen Rockwood (shot put) Sam Huelskamp (300 hurdles) and Travis Sutter (3,200 run) also won their respective events.
“I’m happy with what we have,” Hemmelgarn said of his low-numbered squad. “I wouldn’t take anyone else right now and I wouldn’t trade any of them.
“Compared to last year when we weren’t scoring at some meets, now we’re scoring 20, 30, 40 points. The girls are scoring in the 50s and 60s. It’s nice to see we’re working … making progress and being rewarded for it.”
Paige Hemmert (400 dash), Rachel Pugh (300 hurdles), Bre Jutte (long jump) and Hobbs (high jump) also scored for the Indians with second-place finishes.
For the Tribe boys, Rockwood (discus), Trobridge (400 dash) and Sutter (800 and 1,600) placed second and Huelskamp was third in the 800 run and long jump.