By ROB HAMILTON
Rachel Bush advanced to the Division III state track and field meet in all four events she participated in to highlight a strong Mount Gilead girls’ team showing at the Fairfield Union regional last week.
Bush advanced in two individual events and as part of a pair of relays for the Lady Indians, who finished fifth with 41 points. Columbus School for Girls followed up their district championship from the previous week by winning the regional with 70 points.
On Wednesday, Bush teamed with Bryanna Bolha, Jenna Shipman and Taryn Chapman to take third in the 3200 relay in 9:41.26. Bush, Bolha, Shipman and Morgan Brooke also finished with the third fastest time in the 1600-meter relay prelims to qualify for the finals, while she individually advanced to the 300-meter hurdles finals with the fifth-best prelim time.
She then qualified for state in the pole vault Friday by taking second place, clearing 9’9” in the process. In the 300 hurdles, she finished third in 46.49. To close the day, she teamed again with Bolha, Shipman and Brooke to take second place in the 1600 relay with a time of 4:02.48.
Mount Gilead’s 800-meter relay also made it through regionals. After prelims, the quartet of Makaylee Wyatt, Rebecca Kindred, Brooke and Olivia Brewer had the sixth best time. They were able to improve on that placement Friday, finishing fourth in 1:49.56.
Kindred also advanced to the state meet in an individual event, as she placed fourth in the 100 hurdles with a time of 16.36. She had the second-best time in the two preliminary heats.
Also scoring points for Mount Gilead was Shipman, who placed sixth in the long jump with a top effort of 15’10”. Also, Brewer competed in the prelims of the 100, as did Bolha in the 300 hurdles; however, they were unable to advance to the finals of those events.
Two other Morrow County girls competed at Fairfield Union. Cardington’s Nadia Kerman finished 11th in the shot put, while Kyndall Williams of Northmor took 15th in the shot put.
No local Division III boys were able to advance to the state meet, although Cardington’s Jacob Long and Northmor’s Jamie Baldridge only missed qualifying by one spot.
For Cardington, who finished in a tie for 25th place with six points, Long took fifth in the 3200 with a time of 9:56.62. In the 800, Mitch Yake placed seventh with 2:03.35. Long, Yake, Dallas Crum and Josh Queener placed 11th in the 3200-meter relay on Wednesday.
Northmor’s Baldridge cleared 11’6” in the pole vault to place fifth in that event. Also, Trevor Pryor competed in the prelims of the 110 hurdles and Brody Mayes also was in the pole vault on Wednesday, but neither placed.
Gilead Christian’s quartet of Kyle Mattingly, Derek Goodman, Brad Mohre and Nick Kerman placed 13th in the 3200-meter relay to represent the Eagles at the regional meet.
Division II Regionals
The Highland and Mount Gilead boys’ track teams continued their strong seasons in the distance events by advancing runners to the Division II state track and field meet in those events.
Competing at the Division II regional hosted by Lexington, the Scot boys got off to a great start in the meet by leading part of Thursday’s 3200-meter relay on their way to a second place finish in 8:01.27. Running in the event were Logan Ebersole, Kevin Jones, Josh Irvin and James Hubbard.
Highland, who finished sixth in the meet with 24 points, also advanced Jones in the 1600 on Saturday, as the junior won that race in 4:24.28. Jones also placed sixth in the 800 in 1:58.9 and Ebersole was sixth in the 3200 with a time of 9:52.85 to pick up the rest of Highland’s points.
Irvin also ran in the 800, placing 13th. In the hurdling races, Kyle Minyo competed in the prelims of the 110 hurdles and Tyler Dudgeon did the same in the 300 hurdles, but neither were able to advance to the finals.
For the Indians, both Austin Hallabrin and Tyler Beck were able to advance in distance events. Hallabrin finished second in the 800 with a time of 1:56.24, while Beck took third in the 3200 in 9:48.1.
Those two, along with Luke Hutchinson and Ethan Hatfield, placed sixth in the 3200 in 8:08.96 to provide the rest of their team’s scoring.
Highland’s girls also competed at the Lexington regional. Lydia Morgan competed in the prelims of the 300 hurdles and teamed up with Kayla Davies, Katie Lloyd and Meg Mitchell to run in the prelims of the 1600-meter relay. Also, Nichole Carter took 10th place in the shot put.
Rob Hamilton may be reached at 419-946-3010, ext. 1805.