Murphy claims district PV

Published 2:23 am Thursday, May 20, 2010

OAK HILL — There’s nothing to this pole vault thing.

In only his second varsity match this season, Coal Grove Hornets’ junior Jake Murphy cleared 10-feet, 6-inches to not only win the event but set a new district record originally held by a former Hornet Aaron Conley who went 10-feet last year.

Fellow Hornet Kyle Estep went 10-feet to finish second and give both vaulters a berth in the regional meet next Wednesday and Friday at Lancaster Fairfield Union High School.

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Murphy’s first meet this season was last Friday at the Ohio Valley Conference meet when he vaulted 11-feet to place second. It was Murphy’s first attempt at the pole vault since the eighth grade.

The Ironton Lady Fighting Tigers’ 4×800-meter relay team also qualified for the regional meet with a third place finish.

The quartet of Ariel Schweickart, Taylor Hacker and Shannon and Colleen Walker ran a season-best 10:39.92 time.

Wheelersburg ran a district record 10:16.78 to win the event. South Webster was second, eight seconds ahead of Ironton.

The Hornets’ 4×800 relay team also placed third on the boys’ side as Jordan Beals, Bryan Steele, Jake Jewell and Jacob Pauley ran an 8:48.58 time. Racine Southern ran a district record 8:35.47 to win the race.

Coal Grove’s Aaron Dickess was third in the discus at 135-11 to earn a trip to the regionals. Boo Woods just missed qualifying as he finished fifth in the long jump at 19-6.5.

The top four finishers in each event qualifies for the regional meet.

The remainder of the district finals will be held Saturday beginning at 2 p.m. The Division II meet will hold finals starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, also at Oak Hill.