Hornets’ Bender 6th in discus during first day of regionals
By JIM WALKER
Tribune Sports Editor
RUSHVILE — Greg Bender was the lone shining light of the day.
The Coal Grove senior track standout was the Hornets’ only player to earn a place in an event during a limited number of events of the first day at the Division III regional track and field meet.
Bender threw the discus 148-2 to place sixth but fell short of his winning distance at the district of 165-7.
Johnathan Miller of Bucyrus Wynford won the event with a toss of 158-9.
The Fairfield Union facilities weren’t kind to two other Hornets as Bryan Steele fouled in his three long jump attempts as did Kyle Estep who no-heighted in the pole vault. Steele leaped 20-2.5 and Estep cleared 12-0 in the district.
In the 4×800 relays, both the Coal Grove boys’ and girls’ teams finished 13th.
The girls’ team of Tori Holmes, Ashley Adkins, Katey Erwin and Leslie Mulkey ran an 11:10.46. The boys’ quartet of Jacob Pauley, T.J. Barrett, Brandon Adkins and Jake Jewell had a 9:00.7 clocking.
The second day of the meet will be Friday.