Fletcher leads area Division III regional track qualifiers
CHILLICOTHE — Cecil Fletcher is making a return trip.
After qualifying for the regional — and state — track meet last year, the Chesapeake Panthers’ sophomore sprinter is heading back for round two.
Fletcher led area Division III qualifiers on Saturday as he ran a 51.39 to win the 400-meter dash.
He also ran a leg on the 4×400 relay team along with David Dotson, J.W. Bartrum and Gabriel Johnson who ran a 3:36.68 to place second. Fletcher added the 100-meter dash to his list of qualifying events as well by running an 11.33 to finish second.
The top four finishers in each event advance to the regional meet to be held Wednesday and Friday at Lancaster Fairfield Union High School.
Rock Hill’s Seth Miller won the 3200 meters with a 9:55.35 clocking.
Johnson also qualified in the 800 meters by placing third with a 2:03.7 clocking. Dotson was sixth at 2:10.18. The Panthers Tayte Combs was sixth in the 400 meters at 1:01.28.
Chesapeake was one of three local teams to qualify in the 4×400 relay.
Rock Hill was third as Brandon Burditt, Brady Knipp, Victor Aguilera and Ethan Miller ran a 3:43.66 time. The Coal Grove Hornets were fourth at 3:44.90 as Kyle Sites, Nathaniel Brumett, Nathan Harmon and Joey Workman teamed up.
Workman also qualified in the high jump as he cleared 5-8 to finish third.
The Hornets’ Ranze Large was eighth in the 110-meter hurdles at 18.08 and the 4×200 relay team of Cole Lehn, Sites, Brumett and Harman was fifth at 1:38.16.
Green’s 4×100 relay team was eight as Noah Roberts, Tyler Thornton, Casey Moore and Tyler Darnell ran a combined 49.15 time.
In the girls’ meet, the Lady Hornets 4×100 relay team of Chelsie Curry, Lauren Fields, Kaylee Beals and Emily Compliment qualified for the regional as they placed fourth with a 54.89 time.
Coal Grove’s Courtney Lewis was second in the pole vault as she cleared 7-6.
Lauren Meyer, Fields, Curry and Compliment ran a 1:56.68 to finish seventh in the 4×200 relay.
Also, the Lady Hornets’ Kayla Curry was seventh in the discus with a toss of 100-2 and Ali Waller was seventh in the 100-meter hurdles at 18.45 seconds.
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