It was a stumble near the top between the top teams in the girls District II track meet at Oak Harbor.
Second to fourth place were separated by a single point.
Perkins was second with 62 points, while Ontario was third with 61.5 and Clyde was fourth with 61. Shelby was first with 84.
Bellevue was fifth at 54, followed by Oak Harbor in sixth (50.5), Huron in 10th (31), Edison in 11th (30), Norwalk in 12th (28), Port Clinton in 14th (24), Willard in 15th (20.5) and Margaretta in 18th (4).
The Lady Pirates will send 11 girls on to regionals to be held in Lexington next week.
The lone first place finish for Perkins was Jenna Baker in the 3200 in 11:39.13. She was second in the 1600 at 5 minutes, 22.74 seconds, less than a second behind Galion’s Paige Poffenbaugh.
Baker also joined Amber Hunter, Alyssa Hunter and Kerry Fial to take third in the 4x800 on Wednesday.
“We’re a young team and we had a great day today,” Perkins coach Tracey Hiss said.
Anika Kumar went 9 feet, 4 inches in the pole vault, good enough for a second place finish and a Perkins school record. Emily Lowe was second in the shot put at 36-2, Kayla Lewis was fourth in the discus (111-3) and the 4x100 relay team of Stacy Grathwol, Katie Galloway, Natalie Sabo and Jasmine Aaron was third in 52.20.
“Anika Kumar set the school record, Emily Lowe had a great day at shot and had a personal best ever,” Hiss said. “Kayla Lewis also had a personal best. Jenna Baker had a nice strong day in the distance.
“We’re looking at a young team. We really pulled together today.”
Hiss said she looks at the district meet as a big Sandusky Bay Conference meet since so many of the conference schools participate in the district.
In fact, the conference accounted for a total of eight district championships.
“It was nice to see us pull things together after some mishaps at the beginning, but it’s a great group,” Hiss said. “We have good representation going into regionals.”
While the Lady Pirates were second, Clyde was just behind them.
“They performed well tonight,” Clyde coach Mike Martin said of his squad. “Finally had a nice night. The weather was real nice for us tonight.”
Four members of the Lady Fliers will represent Clyde in Lexington.
Meghan Gill took first in the high jump (5-5) while Stephanie Meyer was first in the 200 (26.89) and second in the 100 (13.22).
Meyer and Gill joined Lindsay Smetzler and Jamie Hoppe in taking second in both the 4x200 (1:48.25) and 4x400 (4:11.59).
“The kids were able to get some PR’s,” Martin said. “They’re excited about moving on to the next level. They knew they had to be in the top four, but anytime they step on the track, they want to win.”
Bellevue’s 4x800 team took first in Wednesday’s portion of the district with Abby Smith, Shawna Roth, Krista Gibson and Wendy Sumser running in 10:03.74. Sumser was also third in the 800 (2:25.50).
Julia Walters was first in the pole vault (10-0), while Amanda Myers was third in the discus (111-8).
The Lady Rockets won the 4x400 as the team of Kathleen Arent, Sam Boss, Erica Lipstraw and Kristin Rios finished in 4:09.93.
Lipstraw won the 300 hurdles (45.68) and the 100 hurdles (16.14). Courtney Snider was tied for third in the pole vault at 9-0 and joined Anna Grieger, Boss and Sam Scott in taking fourth in the 4x100 (52.20).
Huron’s Sarah Orndorff won the 800 in 2:23.97, and joined Sarah Colley, Macy MacFarland and Emily Dircks in winning the 4x800 from Wednesday (10:09.70).
Colley was also third in the 3200 (11:56.03) and Abby Strbjak was fourth in the 300 hurdles (48.11).
“They stepped up a lot,” Huron coach Vicki Ritchie said. “They got a lot of heart this year and they want to go to state.”
Cami Shine won the long jump for Edison wtih a leap of 17 feet, 2 inches and the 4x100 team of Sophie Johnson, Kayla Nelson, Nicole Swartz and Stephanie Campana won in 51.40.
Madelyn Stevens, Campana, Swartz and Johnson took third in the 4x200 (1:48.75).
Norwalk’s Tiffany Williamson took third in the 200 (26.94), Sarah Ream took fourth in the long jump (16-5.75) and Whitney Roth was third in the shot put (36-1.5).
Port Clinton had two girls advance to regionals with Kelly Logsdon taking third in the long jump (16-7) and fourth in the 100 (13.37) and Alex Underwood taking third in the high jump (5-1).
Rachel Fitzwater was second in the discus (118-6) and teammate Tracey Stockmaster was fourth in the 3200 (11:56.20).
Margaretta’s top finishers were Jaime Frisch in the 800 (2:28.10) and Amanda Dauch in the high jump (5-0) each of whom placed seventh.
Regionals will be at Lexington starting at 4 p.m. Thursday and continuing at 11:30 a.m. May 26.