KENDALLVILLE — Columbia City’s boys track team came out on top of the competitive John Reed Relays on Saturday.

The Eagles scored an impressive 140 points, comfortably ahead of host East Noble with 107. Bellmont finished third with 94.5 points, followed by Goshen with 72.5, DeKalb with 60.5 and Lakeland with 38.

The boys once again had a strong showing in the field events.

Alex Scharpenberg took a definitive win in high jump, clearing 6 feet, 5 inches, five inches higher than his closest opponent.

Liam Hesting dominated the throwing events, tossing the shot put 51 feet, 11.5 inches to place first by 7 feet, and the discus 160 feet, 2 inches to win by 13 feet.

In other field events, Chris Johnson took third in pole vault and Michael Sievers finished fourth in long jump.

Doug Hill and Sievers led Columbia City in the 100-meter dash, placing second and third, respectively.

Nathan Mills took second in the traditional John Reed Mile, and Jacob Wigent and Jacob Bolt took second and third, respectively, in the 110-meter hurdles.

Columbia City faired well in the relay events, winning the 400-, 800- and 1,600-meter relays, as well as the distance medley.

The distance medley team was comprised of Mills, Bryce Taylor, Nick Mills and Landon Wakeman.

The 1,600-meter relay team was comprised of Wigent, Cole Meyer, Taylor and Hill. The 800-meter relay team was comprised of Hill, Jon O’Dell, Sievers and Wigent; and the 400-meter team consisted of Meyer, Sievers, Hill and Wigent.

The 3,200-meter relay team of Nick and Nathan Mills, Wakeman and Taylor finished in second behind Bellmont.

The sprint medley team of Drew Diamente, Tyler Lane, T.J. Bedwell and Jordan Hale took third.

Columbia City’s girls finished second behind host East Noble. Columbia City scored 105 points and East Noble finished with 120.5. Other girls scores were: Bellmont, 70.5; Central Noble, 55.5; DeKalb, 55; Goshen, 52; Lakeland, 41; and Eastside, 37.5.

The boys and girls both on meets over Northeast 8 foe DeKalb last week, as the girls won 89-43 and the boys dominated with a 113-19 win.

The girls won all but one running event, including all three relays.

Abigael Chapman, Sarah Pepple and Haley Willson swept the 300-meter hurdles, and Pepple, Willson and Caroline Shelton swept the 100 hurdles.

Kendall Longenbaugh won the 200-meter dash and placed second in long jump.

Lillie Oddou won the 400-meter dash and Eden Oddou won the 800.

Willson took second behind DeKalb in the 1,600-meter run.

Mariah Schaefer won both the 100-meter dash and pole vault.

Megan Oilar won high jump.

The boys won every event, both on the track and in the field.

Hesting won shot put and discus, Sievers won long jump, Scharpenberg won high jump and Johnson won pole vault.

Meyer won the 300 hurdles and Wigent won the 110-meter hurdles.

Wakeman took first in the two-mile and Nathan Mills won the one-mile.

Taylor picked up the win in the 800, and Hill won the 100, 200 and 400.

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