Fort Recovery High School’s Trevor Heitkamp runs the 4x800 relay April 12 during the Indians’ meet against Versailles and St. Johns. Heitkamp won both the 1,600-meter run and 3,200 run Thursday at the Mercer County Meet at Coldwater. (The Commercial Review/Ray Cooney)
Fort Recovery High School’s Trevor Heitkamp runs the 4x800 relay April 12 during the Indians’ meet against Versailles and St. Johns. Heitkamp won both the 1,600-meter run and 3,200 run Thursday at the Mercer County Meet at Coldwater. (The Commercial Review/Ray Cooney)
COLDWATER — Trevor Heitkamp is the best distance runner in Mercer County.

Heitkamp led the Fort Recovery High School track teams at a soggy Mercer County Meet on Thursday at Coldwater, winning a pair of championships.

Abbie Francis added a second individual title for the girls team, which already had a win from Mara Pearson in the long jump on the opening day of the meet Tuesday. Francis was also part of a championship relay.

Fort Recovery’s girls scored 92 points to finish third behind dual champions Celina and Coldwater, which each scored 125 in the six-team event. Marion Local was fourth with 76.

Heitkamp tallied nearly two-thirds of the points for the Indian boys, who were last with 31 points. Parkway finished fifth with 46 while Marion Local had 171 to run away with the title.

It was a dominating day for Heitkamp, especially in the longest race of the evening. He finished the 3,200-meter run before anyone else even made the turn to the home stretch, winning by more than 18 seconds over Marion Local junior Troy Stucke in 10 minutes, 14.01 seconds.

The sophomore faced a tougher challenge from Parkway senior Blake Strickler in the 1,600 run, but he was equal to the task. Heitkamp crossed the finish line in 4:39.25 to fight off Strickler (4:41.82) for first place.

Francis showed she had held something back Tuesday when she earned the No. 3 qualifying spot for the 100 dash. She ran 0.79 seconds faster in Thursday’s final, posting a time of 12.8 to finish 0.13 ahead of Parkway’s Morgan Hunter.

She also teamed with Anna Roessner, Mara Pearson and Allysen Fullenkamp to take the top spot in the 4x100 relay in 52.37, a half-second ahead of Marion Local.

Francis anchored a pair of runner-up relays as well, teaming with Roessner, Fullenkamp and Pearson again for second in the 4x200 relay in 1:50.44 and joining Megan Diller, Natalie Brunswick and Roessner for the No. 2 spot in the 4x400 relay in 4:18.75.

Whitley Rammel followed up her second-place finish Tuesday in the discus with another runner-up result. She turned in a toss of 39 feet, 2.5 inches, in the shot put to trail only Molly Winner (40 feet, 6.25 inches) of Marion Local.

Roessner, a freshman, took second place in the 400 dash in 1:04.15, trailing only Coldwater senior Ava Griere.

Also turning in a third-place finish for the FRHS girls was Ellie Will in the 3,200 run.



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Parker Brunswick and Reed Albers each won a title for the Fort Recovery boys, who scored 40 points to finish in fifth place. Marion Local won with 179.

The Tribe girls posted 28 points as they finished in last place. Marion Local won the meet with 118.

Brunswick’s victory came in the 1,600 run as he finished in 5:07.37. He was nearly two seconds faster than Marion Local runner-up Ryan Stucke.

He was also third in the 800 run.

Albers shared his high-jump championship with Luke Everman of Marion Local. They both cleared the bar at 5 feet even.

He added third-place finishes in the 400 dash.

Makenna Huelskamp came up just short of a victory for the Fort Recovery girls in the 1,600 run. She and Celina’s Brinley Korte battled down to the wire, with Huelskamp finishing second by just 0.22 seconds in 5:31.11.

Huelskamp was also the runner-up with a time of 2:42.22 in the 800 run.