By Rob Kiser
TROY — Covington junior Jett Murphy wasn’t satisfied with just going to state in the pole vault.
So, he added regional title to his resume the Troy Division III regional meet Wednesday.
Miami East senior discus thrower Daniel Everett finished third to punch his tickets to state, as well.
Murphy was one of four vaulters to clear 13-4, assuring himself of going to state.
When he returned after running in the 4×200 relay, he missed his first two attempts at 13-8.
“My arms and legs just feel dead after running the relay,” Murphy said. “It feels really difficult, even though I know it isn’t.”
To make matters worse, on his second attempt at 13-8, there tape came flying off his pole as he planted it.
“I don’t know what happened,” Murphy said. “I spiked the pole. I didn’t see what happened after that.”
He calmly gathered himself and sailed over the bar at 13-8 on his third attempt, then cleared what would be the winning height of 14-0 on his first attempt. Neither Fort Loramie’s Alan Holdheide or Wyatt Lefker of Williamsburg cleared 14-0, giving Murphy the title.
“I just had to do it,” Murphy said about the third attempt at 13-8. “It just takes me a little while to get my arms and legs back (after running relays). The jump at 14 felt really good.”
It tied the school record Murphy shares with former Covington state champion Jon Sampson.
Murphy took three attempts at 14-6, but just missed.
“I never really thought about it (being a regional champion),” Murphy said. “I just wanted to have a good year and PR. It feels good to be going to state. I really want to get 14-6 at state.”
The smile on Everett’s face told you it was worth the wait for the Miami East senior.
He finished third in the discus with a throw of 145-8.
“Finally, I am going to state as a senior,” Everett said.
He was fourth going to the finals with a distance of 136-10 and he knew anything could happen.
But on his second throw in the finals, he uncorked the throw of 145-8, a new PR.
“Once, I saw how far I threw that one (145-8) and how good a throw it was, I relaxed,” Everett said.
He almost matched it, with his final throw of 144-8.
“I am hoping to get in the 150s at state,” Everett said. “I would love to get the school record of 152-3, but I think that is a little unrealistic.”
There were some close calls for local athletes as well Wednesday.
Finishing fifth were the Miami East boys 4×800 relay (Bryce Redick, Luke Mengos, Greg Austerman, Gavin Horn) in 8:22.17; the Miami East girls 4×800 relay (Marie Ewing, Kaitlyn Mack, Lindsey Yingst, Lorenza Savini) in 9:42.62; and Lehman’s Kassie Lee in the shot put, 36-6 3-4. Bethel’s Bailey McCabe finished sixth in the high jump, clearing 5-0.
All of the athletes that qualified in the preliminary races on Wednesday will return to Troy Memorial Stadium Friday night, as will the finalists in the distance events and other field events.