Davis pleased with second place finishes by Hunt, Hannan

Published 12:00 am Monday, June 9, 2003

DAYTON - Michael Hunt and T. R. Hannan didn't let the pressures of being in the state meet bother them.

In fact, it brought out the best in them.

The Chesapeake senior track standouts turned in personal-best performances as they each took a runner-up spot in the Division III state track and field meet this past weekend at Welcome Stadium.

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Hannan matched his best effort of 6-foot-5 in the high jump. Hunt ran his best time in the 300 hurdles at 39.0 seconds.

"They performed when it counted. You do your best and see what happens," Panthers coach Phil Davis said.

Hunt also had his best leap in the long jump on Friday as he went 20-10, but placed ninth. Jonah Taylor of New Lebanon edged Hunt by just one and one-quarter inch.

The only negative of the meet was Hunt's finish in the 110 high hurdles. Hunt ran a 16.02 and failed to make the finals.

"If Michael hadn't hit a hurdle in the highs, I think he could have won," Davis said. "He did great. The kid who beat him (in the 300 hurdles) was a quality kid.

"I'm happy for both Michael and T.R. We'll take two guys up (to the state meet) and get second any time."

Other area athletes also fared well.

South Point's Zach Smith was third in the Division II 800 meter run. Fairland's Jennifer Jones was fifth in the 400 meter dash and Britani Keeney placed sixth in the discus. Coal Grove's Dan Cordle was eighth in the Division III discus.