OAK HARBOR — Liberty-Benton’s Lindsey Bishop, Meghan Bartel, Taylor Thomas and Leah Recker set a meet record in the 3,200-meter relay on Tuesday to highlight a strong start for the Eagles’ girls track and field team on the first day of the Division II District I tournament at Oak Harbor.

The Eagles’ 3,200 relay team finished in 9:34.89, breaking Lexington’s record of 9:35.95 from last year.

The top four individuals in each event advance to next week’s Lexington regional.

Liberty-Benton leads the team standings with 49 points, while Eastwood is second with 31 points. Fostoria is last with no points.

Bishop added a win in the long jump with a 16-8. Emma Swisher (10-3) won the pole vault for the Eagles, while Katie Clouse (111-1) and Livie Smelcer (110-1) finished second and third, respectively, in the discus.

In the preliminaries, Liberty-Benton’s Michaela Butler had the top 100 time (12.04) and fastest 200 time (25.19). Rossford’s Regan Clay, who finished second to Butler in the 200 at last year’s Division II state meet, was second in the 100 (12.88) and 200 (25.34) as the duo raced against each other for the first time this year.

The Eagles’ Sophie Norden and Alexa Lenhart advanced to Friday’s finals in both the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles. Norden had the second-best 100 hurdles time (16.20) while Lenhart had the second-best 300 hurdles time (49.27).

The meet continues today with the finals of the boys pole vault, long jump and discus, as well as the prelims in the track events.

GIRLS TEAM STANDINGS
1, Liberty-Benton 49. 2, Eastwood 31. 3, Oak Harbor 24. 4, Port Clinton 19. 5, Genoa 13. 6, Bellevue 10. 7, Lake 4. 8, Rossford 3. 9, Fostoria 0.

TUESDAY’S FINALS
DISCUS — 2, Clouse (L-B) 111-1. 3, Smelcer (L-B) 110-1. LJ — 1, Bishop (L-B) 16-8. 5, May (L-B) 15-3. PV — 1, Swisher (L-B) 10-3. 8, Miller (L-B) 8-0. 3,200 RELAY — 1, Liberty-Benton (Bishop, Bartel, Thomas, Recker) 9:34.89 (meet record).

FRIDAY’S QUALIFIERS
100 — 1, Butler (L-B) 12.04. 200 — 1, Butler (L-B) 25.19. 400 — 6, Taylor (Fos) 1:05.82. 7, Brown (L-B) 1:06.27. 100 IH — 2, Norden (L-B) 16.20. 7, Lenhart (L-B) 17.63. 300 LH — 2, Lenhart (L-B) 49.27. 4, Norden (L-B) 50.05.

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