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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.