By ROB HAMILTON
While the Mount Gilead girls finished second for the first time this season on Saturday at the Division III sectional meet held at Whitehall-Yearling High School, they were able to send a lot of athletes on to this week’s regional meet.
Scoring 80.33 points to finish second to Columbus School for Girls in the 24-team meet, the Indians advanced athletes to regionals in three relays and five individual events.
Rachel Bush qualified in all four events she competed in to highlight the Mount Gilead performance. She won the pole vault by clearing 9’6” and took third in the 300 hurdles with a time of 46.85. Also, Bush teamed with Taryn Chapman, Bryanna Bolha and Jenna Shipman to win the 1600 relay in 3:59.48 and take second in the 3200 relay in 9:37.5.
Shipman won the long jump with a leap of 17’ to provide another event win for the Indians. Rebecca Kindred took third in the 100 hurdles in 16.54 and Bolha ran fourth in the 300 hurdles with a time of 48.57. Also, Olivia Brewer took fourth in the 100 in 12.99 and teamed with Kindred, Makaylee Wyatt and Morgan Brooke to finish third in the 800-meter relay in 1:50.05.
Several girls placed in events, but finished out of the top four necessary to advance to regionals. Shipman took fifth in the 800, as did Bolha in the 100 hurdles. Brooke took sixth in the 400 and Brewer placed the same in the 200. Also, Hannah Scott tied for eighth in the high jump. Northmor’s girls placed 10th as a team. Kyndall Williams was their sole regional qualifier, as she took third in the discus with an effort of 112’4”. Lauren Bood finished fifth in the pole vault and Tia Downard tied for that place in the high jump to just miss out on qualifying. Isabelle Ditullio took sixth in the 3200, while Alisha Pletcher finished sixth in the discus. Also, Williams was seventh in the shot and Chelsea Trainer tied for that place in the pole vault. Cardington tied for 16th in the meet with eight points, all of which were scored by Nadia Kerman, who advanced to regionals in the shot put by placing second with a throw of 33’11.5”. The boys’ teams competing at Whitehall were separated into two districts. Northmor competed in the first one and placed seventh of 12 teams with 39.5 points.
Both Jamie Baldridge and Brody Mayes advanced in the pole vault. Baldridge was second with a height of 11’6” and Mayes took fourth by clearing 10’. Also moving on was Trevor Pryor, who took third in the 110 hurdles in 16.72.
Jacob Hill finished fifth in the 800, while Collin Berg took sixth in both the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles and Andy Fissell nabbed that place in the discus.
Also finishing sixth was the 800 relay team of Berg, Mason Jardon, Baldridge and Pryor. The 1600 relay of James Walker, Baldridge, Hill and Jardon placed seventh. Walker also tied for seventh in the high jump and the 3200 relay of A.J. White, Michael Adkins, John Pfister and Chris Stiver placed eighth.
In the second district, Cardington placed ninth of 14 teams with 27 points, while Gilead Christian was 11th with 24.
The Pirates were led by Mitch Yake, who won the 800 in 1:59.83. He also teamed with Dallas Crum, Josh Queener and Jacob Long to place third in the 3200 relay in 8:51.29. Long also took third in the 3200 in 10:13.06 to also qualify for regionals as an individual. Long also took fifth in the 1600, while Josh Queener ran eighth in the 3200.
For Gilead Christian, Danny Bruce finished third in the long jump with an effort of 20’5.5”. Also, the 3200 relay of Aaron Martin, Kyle Mattingly, Derek Goodman and Caleb Mosher took fourth in 9:00.73.
Those four also competed in the 1600 relay, where they placed sixth. The 400 relay of Nick Kerman, Eric Gray, Zach Baker and Joe McCormish ran seventh. Also, Martin finished fifth in the 800, Mosher was sixth in the 1600 and Bruce placed eighth in the 100.
Division II district meets
Competing in the two Division II district meets hosted by Heath, both the Highland and Mount Gilead boys’ teams enjoyed a decent amount of success.
In the first district, Highland placed fourth of 15 teams with 70 points, qualifying several distance runners to this week’s regional meet.
Kevin Jones had a huge day for the Scots. He won the 1600 in 4:27.52 and took the 800 in 1:58.39. Jones also teamed with Logan Ebersole, Josh Irvin and James Hubbard to win the 3200 relay in 8:13.36.
Irvin also advanced in the 800 with a time of 2:03.07, while Ebersole finished third in the 3200 in 10:29.41. Also, Kyle Minyo took second in the 110 hurdles in 16.35, while Tyler Dudgeon ran third in the 300 hurdles with a time of 41.96.
Ebersole also placed fifth in the 1600, while Hubbard was sixth in the 400 and Irvin took eighth in the 3200. The 1600 relay of Minyo, Jones, Hubbard and Ebersole placed sixth; while the 800-meter relay group of Alex Mason, Garrett Mentzer, Hubbard and Minyo ran eighth.
In the second district, Mount Gilead placed fifth of 14 teams with 63 points, winning four events during the course of the meet.
The 3200 relay team of Tyler Beck, Austin Hallabrin, Luke Hutchinson and Ethan Hatfield won in 8:16.48. Beck added two more wins, as he took the 1600 in 4:37.45 and the 3200 in 10:19.86. Hallabrin also advanced in the 800 with a first-place time of 1:57.63, while Hutchinson took third in that event in 2:01.44.
Grant Picker just missed out on advancing by placing fifth in the 3200. Keane Delp placed sixth in the shot put, while Hutchinson took seventh in the pole vault, as did Joseph Elson in the 400. The 800 relay team of Jonah Barnett, Deandre Cook, Andrew Baer and Elson finished sixth in the meet, as did the 1600 relay team of Elson, Baer, Hallabrin and Hutchinson.
All the girls’ teams competed in one large district, with Highland taking 11th of 21 teams with 27 points. Lydia Morgan advanced to regionals in the 300 hurdles by placing third in 48.1, while Nichole Carter was fourth in the shot put with an effort of 32’8.75”. Also advancing was the 1600 relay of Morgan, Kayla Davies, Katie Lloyd and Meg Mitchell, which placed fourth in 4:18.86.
Russell also finished fifth in the long jump, as did Morgan in the 100 hurdles. The 3200 relay team of Davies, Jena Buchholz, Angelica Presley and Laura Spearman ran seventh, while Bethany Porter took eighth in the discus.
Rob Hamilton can be reached at 419-946-2148, Ext. 1805.