TROY — Richie Faber thought his team had a chance to finish near the top of the standings at the Division III regional track and field meet at Troy last week.
His Twin Valley South team proved him right as the team set two new school records and qualified two individuals and two relay teams to the state meet, while placing third at the regionals.
South scored 36 points to finish behind regional champion Marion Local (71 points) and Anna (41).
“We had a great meet,” Faber said. “We knew coming in we were kind of gunning for anywhere from second to about fifth and I was hoping to get by Anna for a second there, but they had a good meet also. Definitely happy with the third-place finish though.”
Junior Cole Bishop was the regional champion in the 200 meters. He set a new school record of 22.34 seconds to qualify for the state meet, which is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, June 2-3 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.
Bishop also finished second in the 100 in 11.07.
He will be joined at state by Whyatt Lakes, who finished third in the 300 hurdles in 40.91.
The Panthers 4×400 relay team of Griffin Roell, Brayden Koeller, Lakes and Bishop finished second with a season best time of 3:28.59. They entered the final as the final qualifying team.
The 4×200 relay team of Koeller, Lakes, Bishop and Easton Kurtz finished fifth with a new school record time of 1:31.67. With that time, the team earned one of two wild cards spots at state.
Roell finished 15th in the 1600-meter run with a time of 4:51.04 and Jake Sarver was 11th in the long jump at 19-6.5.
Lakes also competed in the 110 hurdles. He finished ninth in 16.24.
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