Hunt 2nd in hurdles; Smith 3rd in 800

Published 12:00 am Sunday, June 8, 2003

DAYTON -- Michael Hunt just missed placing on Friday. When he got his second chance on Saturday, he didn't miss.

Hunt just missed placing in the long jump of the Division III state track meet, and then failed to reach the finals of 110 meter hurdles which would have guaranteed him of a place.

However, the Chesapeake Panthers senior track star did qualify in the 300 meter intermediate hurdles and all his fortunes changed on Saturday as he finished second in the event.

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Hunt ran the race in 39.0 seconds to finish as runner-up to Bobby Komisarski of Xenia Christian who had a 38.25 clocking.

Hunt ran a 39.67 to qualify for the finals. His time was third best in his heat and fourth overall.

In the 110 hurdles, Hunt ran a 16.02 and was sixth in his heat as he failed to make the finals.

The second place finish was the second of the meet for the Panthers. T. R. Hannan was second in the high jump on Friday.

Hunt just missed placing in the long jump when he leaped 20-10 and placed ninth. Jonah Taylor of Dayton Jefferson was eighth with a jump of 20-11 1/4.

Doug Overholtz of New Lebanon won the event with a 22-9 3/4 jump.

Two other local standouts finished among the elite as South Point senior distance runner Zach Smith took third place in the 800 meter run and Fairland senior sprinter Jennifer Jones was fifth in the 400 meter dash.

Smith ran a 1:56.06 to place third in the 800, just behind winner John Sheppard of Oberlin Firelands and Kent Collins of Upper Sandusky.

Sheppard had a 1:55.08 winning time while Collins, who had the fastest qualifying time, ran a 1:55.86 and placed second.

Jones ran a personal-best 58.59 time in the 400 meter dash and finished fifth while running in lane five.

Stacey Clausing of St. Mary's Memorial was the winner with a 57.51 clocking. Cierra Bennett of Youngstown Ursuline was second at 58.26.

Gallipolis' Kayla Perry, who beat Jones in the district and regional meets, finished eighth.

South Point sophomore sprinter Porcha Ball did not run in the state meet due to a leg injury.

Ball placed seventh in the 100 meter dash last year at the state meet.