Bay’s Olivia Bechtel Takes Fourth at State

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Olivia Bechtel of Bay Village placed fourth at the OHSAA Div. I track meet at Ohio State’s Jesse Owens Stadium Saturday. It was her third straight 400-meter state medal. Kyle Mau (below), son of former Rocky River distance great Bob Mau, took first for Hudson in the men’s 3200 meter run. (Photos Villager News/Bob Tuneberg).

Bay High junior Olivia Bechtel stood on the podium for the third year in a row at the OHSAA Div. I track championships at Ohio State University’s Jesse Owens Stadium Saturday.

Bechtel placed fourth in the 400 meter dash. This year’s medal adds to her list of achievements that include placing 7th in the 400 as a freshman and 2nd as a sophomore. She also placed fourth in the long jump in 2014.

The 2015 400 meter field was deep, as Karrington Winters of New Albany won the event in 53.29 while Bechtel placed fourth in 55.81. She ran a 55.40 in 2014 and 56.55 in 2013, a year when Winters also placed first.

Rocky River’s 4 x 400 meter relay team came home with seventh place medals (3.23:04 Klodnick , McDonough , Vehar , Nugent).

Another local connection was the win by Hudson distance star Kyle Mau in the 3200 meter run in 9:00.06. Kyle is the son of former Rocky River distance great Bob Mau.DSC_2688-128

Villager photo gallery here: www.villagerphoto.com/Sports/OSHAA-State-Track-2015

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