Liberty-Benton sophomore Michaela Butler headlines a big area contingent headed to the University of Akron on Saturday for the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches Indoor Track and Field State Championships.
Individuals from the regional have qualified for the indoor state meet in 20 individual events and a pair of relays.
Butler, a state champ during the outdoor season as a freshman, is the top seed in the girls Division II-III 60-meter dash with a qualifying time of 7.69 seconds. She is seeded 12th in the 200 (27.275) and will team with Mackenzie Briggts, Madi Greiner and Katie Hyre on the Eagles’ 12th-seeded 1,600 relay team (4:31.39).
Riverdale’s Carrol Pauley will be one of the athletes to beat in the Division II-III girls weight throw as she is seeded second with a toss of 49-31/2.
In the boys meet, Liberty-Benton’s Dylan Cornwell is the defending Division II-III indoor pole vault champ. He is seeded second with a jump of 15-0.
There is one athlete qualified in the Division I meet as Findlay High School’s Emily Stahl earned the 16th and final qualifying spot in the girls 3,200 run with a time of 11:43.0.
The meet will start at 9:30 a.m. with the Division I field events followed by the Division I running events at 10 a.m.
The Division III field events begin at 3:30 p.m. with the running events set to start at 4 p.m.
AREA GIRLS QUALIFIERS
60 — 1, Michaela Butler (L-B) 7.69. 200 — 12, Butler (L-B) 27.275. 1,600 RELAY — 12, Liberty-Benton (Mackenzie Briggs, Butler, Madi Greiner, Katie Hyre) 4:31.39. 3,200 RELAY — 11, Liberty-Benton (Greiner, Devony Miller, Briggs, Taylor Thomas) 10:43.27. HJ — 6, Samantha Thepsourinthone (McC) & Megan Peplinski (L-B) 5-0. PV — 6. Mackenzie Shepherd (HN) 10-0. 8, Samantha Johnson (L-B) & Courtney Emmitt (Elmwood) 9-0. SHOT — 4, Holly Averesch (Leip) 39-6. 7, Molly Leppelmeier (McC) 37-11. 16, Katie Dewey (Elm) 35-1. WEIGHT THROW — 2, Carrol Pauley (Riv) 49-31/2. 5, Molly Leppelmeier (McC) 44-4. 7, Holly Averesch (Leip) 41-11/2. TJ — 7, Sarah Hunter (Riv) 31-31/4.
AREA BOYS QUALIFIERS
60 HURDLES — 6, Zach Nye PH 8.3. HJ — 5, Brian Miller (L-B) 6-3. PV — 2, Dylan Cornwell (L-B) 15-0. LJ — 13, Chase Cook (L-B) 20-10. WEIGHT THROW — 12, Shae Watkins (Arc) 45-7. TJ — 10, Logan Whitaker (L-B) 38-91/4.
AREA GIRLS QUALIFIER
3,200 — 16, Emily Stahl (Fin) 11:43.0.
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