By David Fong
and Josh Brown
MIAMI COUNTY — While the school year is winding down for most students in Miami County, things are truly heating up for local track and field athletes.
Dozens of boys and girls from throughout the county will be competing at the Division I, II and III regional track and field meets, with hopes of placing in the top four in their respective events and moving on to next week’s state meet.
No team in the county will have more at stake in the regional meet than the Troy girls track and field team, which has regional qualifiers in 14 of 17 possible events.
The Division I meet will take place today and Friday at Welcome Stadium, the Division II meet will take place Thursday and Saturday at Piqua’s Alexander Stadium and the Division III meet will be held today and Friday at Troy Memorial Stadium.
Here’s a look at the (lengthy) list of local regional qualifiers who will be hoping to earn trips to the state meet in Columbus:
Division I Boys
The Troy boys track and field team will be sending three individuals and a pair of relay teams to regionals. Senior Travis Hall was a double qualifier for regionals after placing second in the shot put and fourth in the discus at districts. Junior Zach Boyer qualified for regionals in the 110 hurdles after placing third at districts. Senior Josh Browder placed fourth in the 100 at districts to qualify for regionals. Troy’s 4×100 (third at districts) and 4×200 (fourth at districts) relay teams both qualified for regionals.
Tippecanoe had three individuals qualify for regionals. Bryce Conley will be competing at regionals after placing third in the 3,200 at districts. Keenan Fraylick placed fourth in the 1,600 at districts to qualify for regionals Michael Stearns qualified for regionals in the 800 after placing fourth at districts.
Division I Girls
You’ll probably need a roster to keep up with all of the Troy girls competing at regionals this week.
Freshman phenom Lenea Browder qualified for a pair of regional events, winning both the shot put and discus at districts. Senior Ashley Barr qualified in the 400 after capturing a district championship. Junior Morgan Gigandet won the 3,200 at districts to earn her spot at regionals, while sophomore Olivia Tyre won the 1,600 to qualify for districts.
Five Trojan individuals placed second at districts to secure their spots at regionals: senior Caitlyn Cusick in the 300 hurdles, senior Emma Bryant in the 800, junior Emma Shigley in the 3,200, junior Christine Moser in the pole vault and junior Alaura Holycross in the shot put.
Senior Jenna Zimmerman placed third in the 1,600 to get to regionals. Junior Camryn Moeller placed fourth in the long jump and junior Kylee Brooks placed fourth in the discus at districts, earning both trips to regionals.
Finally, all three Troy relay teams will be competing at regionals. The 4×800 team won a district title, the 4×100 and 4×200 relays both were second and the 4×400 relay team placed third at districts.
Division II Boys
Milton-Union’s boys sent a pair of relay teams on to the regional level, with the 4×200 team finishing third at the district meet and the 4×400 team finishing fourth.
Division II Girls
Milton-Union’s girls will be represented well in the field events at the regional level, and Tippecanoe’s distance runners will be busy, as well.
Two-time state qualifier Beyonce Bobbitt won district titles in the shot put and discus and is looking to reach the state level yet again this weekend. Joining her will be freshman pole vaulter Emily Hornberger, who finishing second in the district, and high jumper Allison Freistler, who was third at the district, as well as the Bulldogs’ 4×100 and 4×200 relay teams, both of which turned in fourth-place district finishes.
And for the Red Devils, a series of district titles have Tippecanoe distance runners in every event. Katie Taylor won both the 1,600 and 3,200, Kaili Titley won the 800 and the 4×800 team also won. Abbi Halsey was third in the 3,200 and qualified, and Dietz was third in the 800. In addition, Lydia Stueve was second in the district in the 100 hurdles, and the 4×400 team finished third to qualify for the regional.
Division III Boys
Miami East’s boys finished second in the district’s team standings and Covington’s were third, and both will be heavily represented at the regional meet as a result.
Miami East’s 4×100 relay team won a district title, the 4×800 and 4×200 relay teams finished second and the 4×400 team was third. Pole vaulter Blaine Brokschmidt finished second. In the 1,600, Gavin Horn finished second and Jonah Brautigan was fourth and qualified. Aaron Lawrence qualified by finishing fourth in the 110 hurdles, and Taton Bertch was fourth in the 300 hurdles.
Covington’s Zach Parrett and Tyler Fraley finished one-two in the high jump to qualify for the regional. Cade Harshbarger won a district title in the 300 hurdles and was second in the 110 hurdles, and Cade Schmelzer was third in the 300 hurdles. Pole vaulter Jett Murphy — who placed fourth in the state last season — was third at the district and qualified for the regional. The 4×400 relay team added a district title, and the 4×100 relay team finished second.
Newton’s Ethan Cook finished third in the 100 and fourth in the 200 to qualify.
And coming to Troy from the Dayton district, Bethel’s Korry Hamlin won the 3,200 and was second in the 1,600.
Division III Girls
With Covington’s girls team winning an overall district title and Miami East’s girls finishing third, there is naturally a huge group of qualifiers in Division III.
Covington’s Lauren Christian won a district title in the shot put and was second in the discus, qualifying in both. Breanna Kimmel was second in the 100 and 200. Anna Dunn was second in the 3,200 and fourth in the 1,600. Natalie Snyder was third in the 100 hurdles, The Buccs’ 4×400 relay team was second, and the 4×800 relay team was third.
Miami East’s Lindsey Yingst finished second, as was high jumper Liza Bair. Rachel Ondera qualified with a third-place finish in the discus, as did Jillian Wesco in the long jump. Kaitlyn Mack finished third in the 300 hurdles, and Marie Ewing finished third in the 800. The 4×800 relay team finished second and the 4×100, 4×200 and 4×400 relay teams finished fourth.
Bradford’s Karmen Knepp was a district champion in the 3,200. Maia Stump finished fourth in the long jump.
Troy Christian’s Kenley Blake qualified for the regional with a third-place finish in the high jump.
Newton’s Aliya Stine was fourth in the 100.
Lehman’s 4×100 relay team finished third, as did Alanna O’Leary in the 200.
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