PIQUA — Area athletes reached the podium seven times at the first day of the Division II regional track and field meet Thursday at Piqua, while eight individuals and five relay teams advanced to today’s finals.
Leading area athletes was Wauseon’s Hayley Meyer, who tossed a 36-9 to place third in the shot put and is the lone local competitor to punch their ticket to the state championship meet in Columbus at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium June 2-3.
Four others and a pair of relays reached the regional podium.
The boys 4x800 relay for Wauseon (8:30.40) reached the podium with a sixth-place finish, while the girls 4x800 relay for Bryan placed eighth (10:12.97).
Individuals reaching the podium included Swanton’s Miranda Yeager (sixth, high jump, 5-0) and Archbold’s Sophie Rupp (eighth, high jump, 4-7) in the girls competition, as well as Delta’s Walter Hallett (sixth, discus, 136-10) and Justin Ruple (sixth, pole vault, 13-0) on the boys side.
Napoleon’s and Delta’s boys team led area teams by qualifying for today’s finals in four events, while Bryan’s Jolana Schenkel paced the girls side by qualifying in a pair of events.
The top two times in each heat and the next four best overall times advanced to today’s finals.
Napoleon’s Landin Wiechers finished first in the 400 prelims with a time of 50.37 and Masen Switzer was fourth in the 200 prelim with a time of 22.66. The Wildcats’ 4x100 (second, 43.96) and 4x200 (first, 1:31.39) relay teams also advanced to today’s finals.
Delta’s Eli Mora won the 300 hurdles prelim with a time of 39.99, while Ronnie Wyse was third with a time of 15.28 in the 110 hurdles prelim. The Panthers’ 4x200 (sixth, 1:34.02) and 4x400 (sixth, 3:30.16) relays will also run in today’s finals.
Also advancing to regional finals on the boys side is Bryan’s Rylan Garza and Brody Devlin. Garza had the top time in the first 100 prelims heat (11.09) and will be seeded fourth, while Devlin ran a 50.89 for the fourth-fastest time (third in heat) and fourth seed in the 400 prelims.
In the girls competition, Schenkel led the way by winning the prelim races in both the 100 (12.27) and 200 (25.25). She also broke the program record in the 200 (25.31), which she set at the final day of the Northwest Ohio Athletic League Championships on May 12.
Thormeier (1,600, 3,200), Stickney (3,200) and Smith (800) will also compete as individuals today.
Archbold’s Mariah Mireles advanced to today’s finals by placing fifth in the 300 hurdles prelims with a time of 47.47 and Napoleon’s 4x400 relay team notched an eighth-place finish with a time of 4:13.17.
Competition continues today at Piqua High School, with field events beginning at 11 a.m. and running events schedule for a 12:30 p.m. start time.
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