WL-S boys, girls claim district track titles


ST. PARIS – The West Liberty-Salem boys track team won the Division III district meet at Graham on Saturday with 134 points. Anna was second with 124.

The Tigers will be sending 15 athletes to the regional meet at Troy this Wednesday and Friday.

Tigers qualifying for the regional included district champions Logan Phillips in the 110m hurdles (15.44) and 300m hurdles (42.28) and Slayde Merriman in the pole vault (12-6).

Finishing second were Jackson Steider 110m hurdles (15.80), Micah Smith 400m (52.94), Asher Knox 3200m (9:51.87), 4x200m relay of Jack Bahan, Gabe McGill, Lincoln Henderson, Jackson Steider (1:34.97), 4x100m relay of Dylan Glunt, Gabe McGill, Logan Phillips, Jack Bahan (45.04), 4x400m relay of Logan Phillips, Micah Smith, Brevin Louden, Troy Bradley (3:35.70) and Mark Bair discus (137-3).

Finishing third were Craig Stanford pole vault (11-0) and the 4×800 relay of Quentin Rudolph, Owen Harrison, Micah Smith, Asher Knox (8:25.60).

Placing fourth and also qualifying for the regional were Owen Harrison 3200m (10:05.42) and Jackson Steider long jump (18-8.75).

For the Triad boys, Tyler Gross advanced to the regional by placing third in the discus (132-4).

The WL-S girls track team held off Botkins on Saturday to win its fourth Division III district title in six years.

WL-S was first with 121 points, Botkins was second with 113.5 and Triad was eighth with 40.

The Tigers were led by the hurdling duo of Sophia Hardwick and Claire Longshore. Hardwick won the 300 meter hurdles (47.38) and took third in the 100 hurdles (16.26). Longshore placed second in the 100 hurdles in a school record time of 16.20 and placed fourth in the 300 hurdles (49.31)

WL-S also qualified all four of its relay teams to the regional meet. Along with the 4×800 relay team that qualified on prelim night, the 4×200 relay team of Tori Douthwaite, Gwen McCullough, Claire Longshore and Mallory Bostick placed third (1:51.10), the 4×100 relay team of Tori Douthwaite, Gwen McCullough, Lena Kauffman and Chloe Griffith placed third (52.77) and the 4×400 relay team of Ashley Yoder, Gwen McCullough, Teagan Boyd and Mallory Bostick placed second (4:16.02).

“It’s always a fun meet when the championship comes down to the 4×400,” said WL-S Coach Ann Vogel. “Our women showed a lot of fight and composure for a young team. Botkins is a well-coached team and gave us all we could handle. I’m proud of the way we battled until the very end.”

Also qualifying for the regional meet for the Tigers were third-place finishers Breece Gullett in the 1,600 (5:24.43), Mallory Bostick in the 400 (1:02.06), Malia Miller in the 3,200 (11:52.45) and fourth-place finishers Ashley Yoder in the 1,600 (5:25.88), Elise Longshore in the pole vault (9-0) and Sophia Hardwick in the discus (99-03).

For the Triad girls, Cayla Eaton advanced to the regional in three events after winning the 100 hurdles (15.36) and placing second in the 300 hurdles (48.65) and long jump (15-8.75).

The Mechanicsburg boys and girls track teams both placed seventh at the Central district meet at Granville on Saturday.

Regional qualifiers for the Mechanicsburg boys included Kailen Butler, second in the 100 (11.14) and second in the 200 (22.79), Will Negley, fourth in the 1,600 (4:26.77) and Austin Haynes, fourth in the 300 hurdles (43.27).

Regional qualifiers for the Mechanicsburg girls included Clair Rodgers, first in the 400 (1:00.65), the 4×400 relay team of Isabelle Rodgers, Olivia Skillings, Taylor Miller and Clair Rodgers, first (4:11.23) and Skillings, fourth in the 200 (27.83).

Division II

During day one of the Division II district track meet at Graham on Thursday, two local athletes qualified for this week’s regional meet.

Urbana’s Lyza Forson placed second in the shot put (36-06.50) and Graham’s Taylor Aldredge placed second in the high jump (5-02).

On Saturday, Urbana’s Xavier Williams advanced to the regional by winning the 100 in 11:09 and the UHS boys 4×100 relay team qualified by placing second in 44:92.

Regional qualifiers for Graham included Cayden Bonham, second in the 3,200 (10:21.92), Kelsey Demarco, fourth in the 1,600 (5:45.92) and Hailey Nash, second in the 3,200 (12:19.60).

The Division II regional meet will be held this Thursday and Saturday at Piqua.

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