Prep track: Regional Track Capsules

Regional Track Capsules

Division I

WHERE: Amherst Steele High School.

SCHEDULE: Today, 4 p.m. field events (boys PV, LJ, discus, girls HJ, shot put); 5 p.m. running events (3,200-meter relay followed by running event semifinals). Friday 4:30 p.m. (remainder of field events); 6 p.m. (running event finals).

ADVANCEMENT: Top four finishers in each event plus two at-large times from across the state in running events qualify for next week’s OHSAA state meet at Jesse Owens Stadium.

AREA GIRLS QUALIFIERS: Five individuals, one relay.

AREA BOYS QUALIFIERS: Two individuals, two relays.

WHAT TO WATCH: It’s one of the smaller groups the Trojans have sent to regionals in recent years.

If anyone is going to get to state this season, they’ll have some work to do. Lexie Layne has the top seed mark for the FHS girls team as she ranks tied for eighth with three other jumpers in the high jump at 5-1. She has the 11th-best mark of the 16 competitors in the long jump.

Katie Corbin and Megan Casata are ranked 12th and 13th, respectively, in the 800 while the 3,200 relay team is seeded 11th.

In the boys meet the 400 and 800 relays are both seeded 13th. Senior Cade McCaskey is seeded 15th in the 200 and Robbie Riffle ranks 13th in the high jump.

Division II

WHERE: Lexington High School.

SCHEDULE: Thursday, 4 p.m. field events (boys PV, LJ, discus, girls HJ, shot put); 5 p.m. running events (3,200 relay followed by running event semifinals). Saturday 11:30 a.m. (remainder of field events); 12:30 p.m. (running event finals).

ADVANCEMENT: Top four finishers in each event plus two at-large times from across the state qualify for next week’s OHSAA state meet at Jesse Owens Stadium.

AREA GIRLS QUALIFIERS: One individual.

AREA BOYS QUALIFIERS: One individual.

WHAT TO WATCH: Upper Sandusky is the lone area team competing and it will be Kenedi Hayden in the girls 300 low hurdles and Dylan Ham in the boys shot put.

Hayden could be in position to advance for the Rams. She has the second-fastest time in her heat and the fourth-best time overall at 47.70 seconds. Ham had a career-best throw of 51-4½ in the shot put and ranks third among the 16 throwers competing.

Division II

WHERE: Piqua High School.

SCHEDULE: Thursday, 5 p.m. field events (boys PV, LJ, discus, girls HJ, shot put); 6:30 p.m. running events (3,200 relay followed by running event semifinals). Saturday 11 a.m. (remainder of field events); 12:30 p.m. (running event finals).

ADVANCEMENT: Top four finishers in each event plus two at-large times in running events from across the state qualify for next week’s OHSAA state meet at Jesse Owens Stadium.

AREA GIRLS QUALIFIERS: One individual.

AREA BOYS QUALIFIERS: Two individuals.

WHAT TO WATCH: Three individuals for Ottawa-Glandorf will try and qualify for state at the Piqua Regional and all three Titans won’t be in action until the regional’s second day on Saturday.

Sophomore discus thrower Grace Hoffman ranks sixth in her specialty with a toss of 119-1. Senior Caleb Verhoff is seeded ninth in the boys shot put (49-½) while classmate Brent Siefker ranks 13th in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:42.75.

Division III

WHERE: Tiffin’s Frost Kalnow Stadium

SCHEDULE: Today, 4 p.m. field events (boys PV, LJ, discus, girls HJ, shot put); 5 p.m. running events (3,200-meter relay followed by running event semifinals). Friday 5 p.m. (remainder of field events); 6 p.m. (running event finals).

ADVANCEMENT: Top four finishers in each event plus two at-large times from across the state in running events qualify for next week’s OHSAA state meet at Jesse Owens Stadium.

AREA GIRLS QUALIFIERS: 70 individuals, 16 relays.

AREA BOYS QUALIFIERS: 57 individuals, 18 relays.

WHAT TO WATCH: Liberty-Benton’s boys and girls, both back down in Division III, should be a factor in the regional team races. It will also be a bit different on the girls side as 2017 regional champion Columbus Grove has been shipped off to the Troy Regional.

Nine area top seeds will be in action when the meet begins today.

Elmwood’s Brock Reinhard (pole vault), Liberty-Benton’s Justin Risner (110 high hurdles), Will Poling (long jump) are ranked No. 1 in their events as are Kalida’s boys 800 relay team and the Eagles’ boys 400 relay team.

In the girls meet, Lakota’s Hope Watson (100 intermediate) and Continental’s Katie Keller (300 low) are the top seeded hurdlers. Leipsic’s Grace Rigel ranks No. 1 in the girls shot put and Liberty-Benton’s 1,600 relay team is also seeded first in the girls meet.

Expect area athletes to have plenty of success at Tiffin this week.

Division III

WHERE: Lancaster Fairfield Union High School.

SCHEDULE: Today, 5 p.m. field events (boys PV, LJ, discus, girls HJ, shot put); 6 p.m. running events (3,200-meter relay followed by running event semifinals). Friday 5 p.m. (remainder of field events); 6 p.m. (running event finals).

ADVANCEMENT: Top four finishers in each event plus two at-large times from across the state in running events qualify for next week’s OHSAA state meet at Jesse Owens Stadium.

AREA GIRLS QUALIFIERS: 20 individuals, six relays.

WHAT TO WATCH: The area will send girls only to Fairfield Union this week. And it will be a few more athletes than usual competing there as girls from Mohawk, Carey, New Riegel, Hopewell-Loudon and Tiffin Calvert will head to the regional approximately 90 miles to the south while their boys teams compete just a handful of miles away at Tiffin.

Mohawk senior Destini Oler could be primed for a big day. A returning state placer in the 800, Oler will also compete on the Warriors’ 3,200 and 1,600 relay teams that are both seeded second heading into today’s prelims.

Carey’s Addystin Lykins and Hopewell-Loudon’s Emily Pace will both have busy days. Lykins will run in the 200 and 400 and in the Blue Devils’ 800 relay while Pace will compete in the 1,600 and 3,200 relays for the Chieftains today and in the 800 on Friday.

Division III

WHERE: Troy Memorial Stadium.

SCHEDULE: Today, 4 p.m. field events (boys PV, LJ, discus, girls HJ, shot put); 5 p.m. running events (3,200-meter relay followed by running event semifinals). Friday 5 p.m. (remainder of field events); 6 p.m. (running event finals).

ADVANCEMENT: Top four finishers in each event plus two at-large times from across the state in running events qualify for next week’s OHSAA state meet at Jesse Owens Stadium.

AREA GIRLS QUALIFIERS: 14 individuals, four relays.

AREA BOYS QUALIFIERS: 5 individuals.

WHAT TO WATCH: There will be plenty to see from the Putnam County contingent from Columbus Grove, Fort Jennings and Ottoville at the Troy Regional.

Columbus Grove’s girls will have entries in 11 of 17 events, including three of four relays.

Rylee Sybert (100, 200, 800 relay, 1,600 relay) and Carlee McCluer (both hurdles, 800 relay, 1,600 relay) will both run in four preliminary races today for the Bulldogs. Senior Taylor Ellerbrock will compete in all three relays for Grove.

Ottoville, meanwhile, has a strong quartet in the 1,600 relay and Brynlee Hanneman is looking to return to state in the discus.

While there are just three area boys competing, Ottoville’s Brendan Siefker, the defending state champ in the 1,600, will try and qualify for state in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 for the second straight year.



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