Area track standouts head for state meet

Published 12:00 am Sunday, June 1, 2003

Next stop, Dayton.

Seven individual events including a multi-qualifier and one relay team will make one more stop on the tournament trail after qualifying Friday for next week's state track and field meet at Welcome Stadium in Dayton.

The top four finishers in each regional event advanced to the state meet.

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Five runners claimed regional championships led by Chesapeake's Michael Hunt who also had a pair of third place finishes.

Chesapeake led the qualifiers in the Division III meet held at Lancaster High School.

Hunt, a senior, won the 110 meter hurdles with a 15.06 time in the finals.

Hunt was third in the 300 hurdles with a 40.67 clocking. Tyler Zimmerman of Sugarcreek Garaway won at 39.84 and Michael Yotive of Fairbanks was second at 39.87.

The other third place finish was in the long jump as Hunt leaped 20-feet, 9 and one-half inches.

Chesapeake's T. R. Hannan cleared 6-foot-5 as he won the high jump by one inch over Fredericktown's Travis Shuff.

Cody Hunt, a junior and Michael's younger brother, was seventh in the 100 meter dash (11.64 seconds) and 200 meters (23.69). Both Hunts joined Tyler Marcum and Jaime Alvaro to finish sixth in the 4×100 meter relay with a 44.89 time.

The Lady Panthers 4×100 relay team qualified for the state meet as Lindsey Thomas, Joy Mayenchein, Brittney Pollock and Lisa Perry ran a 52.08 to finish fourth.

Coal Grove senior Dan Cordle earned a trip to the state meet in the discus with a toss of 150-feet, 10-inches. He was seventh in the shot put with a heave of 47-6.

Fairland senior discus thrower Britani Keeney was second in the state meet last year and she'll get another chance at the title after her regional championship in the Division II meet held at Meadowbrook High School in Byesville.

Keeney improved on her district title distance by six feet as she threw 132-1. She beat Tara Cooper of Logan Elm who threw 131-6.

Zach Smith and Porcha Ball of South Point are headed back to the state meet, too.

Smith, eighth in the state meet last year, easily won the 800 meter run with a 1:55.85 clocking. Kris Jones of Morgan was second at 1:58.79.

Ball is going back to the state meet in the 100 meter dash after her 12.34 seconds won the 100 meter dash. She edge Kayla Johnson of Bellaire who ran a 12.43 time.

Fairland senior Jennifer Jones earned her first trip to the state meet after placing third in the 400 meter dash with a 59.43 time. Abbie Shook of Philo ran a 57.76 and Kayla Perry of Gallipolis had 58.81 time to finish 1-2, respectively.

The Lady Pointers 4×100 relay team of Jessi Craft, Sarah Stevens, Brandi Thacker and Ball was sixth with a 51.91 time while the boys 4×400 relay was eighth as Josh Tibbetts, Tim MacArthur, Benji Smith and brother Zach combined for a 3:35.17 time.

Rock Hill senior Cassie Chaffins leaped 16-1 and one-half inches to finish seventh in the long jump. The Pointers Quentin Smith cleared 6-2 to place seventh in the high jump.

Ohio High School

State Track & Field Meet

at Dayton's Welcome Stadium

Friday, June 6

10 a.m. -- Girls Div. II discus

1 p.m. -- Boys Div. III high jump

3:30 p.m. -- Boys Div. III discus

and long jump

Saturday, June 7

9:35 a.m. -- Boys Div. III 110 high hurdles

10:35 a.m. -- Boys Div. III 300 meter hurdles

1:25 p.m. -- Girls Div. II 100 meter dash

1:55 p.m. -- Girls Div. III 4×100 meter relay

2:10 p.m. -- Girls Div. II 400 meter dash

2:30 p.m. -- Boys Div. II 800 meter run