Growing up a soccer player, Beavercreek High School sophomore Abigail Hobbs decided to run track as a freshman to stay in shape. A season later she’s giving her opponents a workout.
Hobbs won the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes at the Greene County Championships at Beavercreek on Thursday, giving her the unofficial title as the fastest sprinter in Greene County.
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“I knew I was ranked well but I had to come out and give it my all,” said Hobbs, who did just that with personal records in both events.
Hobbs entered the meet ranked No. 3 in the county in the 100 (13.40) and No. 4 in the 200 (27.10). She dropped both times by winning the 100 in 12.83 and the 200 in 26.56. She normally runs the 400, too, but sat that one out Thursday. Her 400 PR of 59 seconds would have ranked No. 1 against the field on Thursday.
Hobbs didn’t mind entering the meet trailing the Greene County competition. She almost prefers it that way.
“I like chasing people down and trying to beat them,” Hobbs said. “Winning the 100 gave me confidence because that was my PR. I knew if I could get that in the 100 I could do my best in the 200 as well.”
Hobbs was one of six Beavers to win individual events Thursday, four on the girls side. Sophomore Ashtyn Gluck won the 300 hurdles (49.90), freshman Elise Canter won the long jump (14 feet, 8.25 inches) and junior Eileen Yang won the pole vault (12-0). Senior Tyler Wasson won the pole vault (12-6), junior Jalen White won the boys 100 dash (11.23), and the Beavers’ 400-relay team won in 46.50.
Beavercreek’s girls won the county title with 165 points to edge Bellbrook’s 160. Bellbrook won the boys title with 147.5 points to Beavercreek’s 127.
Bellbrook’s boys title was highlighted by the 3,200-relay team’s meet record. Sophomore Bryce Levine, sophomore Tyrone Haskins, senior Max Bretland and senior Tyler Dreischarf won in 8:39.71. That lowered the previous best of 8:40.54 set by Beavercreek last season.
A potential showdown in the distance events between the Beavercreek and Bellbrook girls was sidestepped as the Beavers top distance runners skipped the meet. Juniors Taylor Ewert, Savannah Roark, Jodie Pierce and sophomore Juliann Williams rested to run the 1,600 and 3,200 at the Eastern Relays in Louisville on Friday and Saturday.
Bellbrook’s girls swept the 800, the 1,600 and the 3,200 individual runs and the relay teams won the 400 and 3,200.
Senior Amira Faulkner won the 800 (2:34.56), senior Minami Ford the 1,600 (5:50.41) and senior Elise Kemper the 3,200 (12:14.16). Sophomore Naika Nagy won the high jump (4-10) for the Golden Eagles.
For the Bellbrook boys, senior Cameron Brittain won the 400 (52.18) and sophomore Takumi Ford the 3,200 (10:20.49). The 800 and 3,200 relay teams also grabbed victories.
Xenia junior Camille Hughes swept the girls discus (126-4) and shot (34-09.25). The Buccaneers girls also won the 800 and 1,600 relays. Senior Husain Akinyele won the boys high jump (5-10).
Fairborn’s boys won the 1,600 relay.