Early returns produce regional qualifiers

Published 1:34 am Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Jim Walker



OAK HILL — Early returns have produced some early qualifiers.

The top four finishers in the district meet qualify to the regional track meet Thursday, May 30, and Saturday, June 1, at Athens High School.

Several competitors at Tuesday’s Division II district track meet’s first day have earned a berth in the regional meet.

The Fairland Dragons’ 4×800 relay team took first place with an 8:41.20 time. The team was comprised of Logan Rowe, Raine Wireman, Josh Sifford and Taylor Lewis.

The Dragons’ Jake Wireman was second in the pole vault with an 11-6 height. Joel Craft of Gallipolis won as he cleared 12-6. Fairland’s Zach McKinney was second in the discus at 124-7 to earn another week of competition.

In the long jump, Fairland’s Nathan Campbell was fifth at 19-5 and Ironton’s Patrick Lewis went 19-3 to place seventh.

In the girls’ meet, Fairland’s 4×800 relay team finished second to earn a trip to the regionals.

Megan Ashton, Shanan Ashton, Sydney Pettit and Jessica Price had a 10:36.74 time to finish behind Athlens who ran a 9:59.70.

Chesapeake’s Jordan Porter won the shot put and a trip to the regional. Not only did Porter win, but she set a district record with a 40-10.5 heave.

Rock Hill’s Lexie Nelson was seventh with a 29-1 distance and Ironton’s Samone Greene was eighth with a 28-6 toss.

Chesapeake’s Tia Spaulding was seventh in the high jump with a 4-8 jump.

All other events held qualifiers on Tuesday. Finals will be held Saturday at Oak Hill High School.