By Rob Kiser
COLUMBUS — Versailles junior Zach Steinbrunner will join his teammate Joe Spitzer in running on championship Saturday at Jessie Owens Stadium in the Division II state track and field meet.
Steinbrunner ran a 14.51 in the 110 high hurdles Friday to advance to today’s finals, while Spitzer will run in the 3,200 today.
Steinbrunner had been 10th in the semifinals the last two years, with nine advancing to the finals.
“After two years of not making the finals, it feels good to be going to the finals,” he said. “I really can’t describe it other than being really excited about the opportunity.”
For the second straight race, Steinbrunner ran a PR.
“I guess it is just getting stronger and working on the hurdles,” he said. “I am looking forward to tomorrow.”
So, is the Versailles girls 400 relay team (Jenna Frantz, Lucy Prakel, Cassie Peters, Ava Moran) after running the fifth fastest time of 49.65.
“This feels great to be going to the finals,” Moran said. “I definitely think we can get our school record tomorrow and get up on the podium.”
“We really ran well today,” she said. “We are getting close to that school record and with the pressure of tomorrow, I am sure it will push us to the record.”
Frantz will be busy today.
She will be competing in the long jump and pole vault as well, while Prakel will also be competing in the pole vault.
“This was a nice short race today to start the meet,” Frantz said. “It was a good race to get back on the track and get familiar again with surroundings of Jesse Owens Stadium.”
Camille Watren scratched from the 400 to help her team make the finals of 1,600-meter relay.
Then Watren did what she always does — leave everything on the track.
Battling through a hamstring injury, she anchored the team (with Ellen Peters, Liz Watren and Emily Langenkamp) to the eighth fastest time in 4:01.19 and a spot in the finals.
“She (Camille Watren) is in a lot of pain right now,” her sister Liz said. “I am just hoping she can run tomorrow. I feel bad for her. This is what happend last year (when she had her season end early because of a hamstring injury). I took her place (on the relays).”
Versailles switched things up — with Peters running the first leg and Camille Watren running the anchor.
“We felt like we needed her on the anchor, with all the girls running the sub 60s,” Peters said. “The goal was to make the finals.”
And avoid what happend last year — a ninth place finish.
“We don’t want ninth this year,” Langenkamp, who like Camille Watren, will be running her final race. “We want to get up on the podium.”
The D-II field events are in the morning today, with running events in the afternoon.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.