Lady Indians claim regional championship
By ROB HAMILTON
Thanks to some excellent performances, Mount Gilead’s girls’ track team was able to claim a regional championship on Friday.
The Lady Indians scored 56 points to win the Division III regional meet hosted by Fairfield Union High School. Columbus Academy was second with 46 points in the meet, which saw 46 different teams score at least one point.
Senior Mikaela Bush qualified for the state meet in two individual events and also as part of two relays.
Bush won the 1600 in 5:17.02 on Friday and then took first in the 800 with a time of 2:19.04.
To finish that day, she teamed with Rachel Bush, Bryanna Bolha and Raychel Gress to finish second in the 1600 relay in 4:09.74. Earlier, on Wednesday, those same four girls placed third in the 3200 relay in 9:48.66.
Two more Mount Gilead girls advanced to the state meet by placing in the top four of their events. Shelby Rizor took the regional championship in the pole vault. Her height of 11’9” broke her own regional record of 10’9”, which she set last year. Rizor also placed seventh in the 200 in 28.01.
Jessie Baldridge made it to state competition in the discus, as she took third place with a throw of 118’6”.
Rachel Bush nearly advanced to the state meet in the 300 hurdles, but fell just short, as she placed fifth in 47.81. Also, Marisa Nelson competed in the discus for the team.
Northmor’s girls’ team also had a big meet at regionals, as they placed ninth with 23 points and moved two individuals and one relay team to the state meet.
Allie Tupps finished second in the 400 with a time of 59.83, while in the shot put, Kris Pfister claimed fourth place with a heave of 35’1”.
The school’s 400 relay of Gabrielle Woods, Tayler Coulson, Tupps and Chantel Cline placed third in 52.52 to also advance to Columbus.
Dani Blum fell one spot short of qualifying in the 3200, as she placed fifth in 12:11.2. Also, Kyndall Williams competed in the shot put, as did Cline in the long jump and Coulson in the 200.
Gilead Christian had one girl compete in the meet. Lyndee Sayers placed sixth in the 300 hurdles in a time of 48.96 to conclude her season.
In the boys’ meet, both Mount Gilead and Northmor had one state qualifier, as both schools tallied six points.
For the Indians, Ethan Harris was able to take fourth place in the 300 hurdles in 39.58.
The team’s 3200 relay of Jason Heacock, Camden West, Paul Melcher and Branson West claimed eighth place in 8:38.57 to also place in the meet.
Logan Chapman (discus and shot put) and Harris (long jump) also competed in field events for the Indians, while Harris also competed in the 110 hurdles prelims.
Heacock competed in the prelims of the 400 and also teamed with Chapman, Harris and Kolby Snyder in the 1600 relay prelims.
Northmor’s Ethan Harris advanced to the state meet by virtue of placing fourth in the pole vault by clearing 13’4”.
Clint Crose also placed for the Knights, as he took eighth in the 100 in 11.51. He also competed in the 200 and with Trevor Pryor, Lorin Campbell and Tyler Beck in the 800 relay prelims.
Brandon Neyman competed in the 1600 and 3200 for the Knights, as did Tyler Beck in the shot and discus. Also, Garrett Karcher competed in the high jump, Jamie Baldridge was in the pole vault and the 3200 relay of Neyman, Brandon Loyer, Eric Linn and Jacob Hill also raced.
Of the local boys’ teams, Gilead Christian scored the most points, as they finished with seven.
Danny Bruce tallied fifth place in the long jump to come close to the state meet. His top leap was 19’10”. He also took sixth in the 200 with a time of 23.19.
Cardington’s Zach Zvansky placed seventh in the pole vault by clearing 12’8” to score points for the Pirates. He also competed in the high jump, while teammate Mitchel Yake ran in the 800.
Highland’s track season came to an end at the Division II track and field regionals hosted by Lexington on Thursday and Saturday.
Amanda Mosier placed seventh in the 100 hurdles in 19.31 to score points for the Lady Scots.
For the boys, Shawn Beltz competed in the prelims of the 300 hurdles and Logan Ebersole ran in the 3200, but neither was able to reach the podium.