TROY and PIQUA — Cole Bishop, Whyatt Lakes and Josh Martin are headed to state.
The trio will represent Twin Valley South and Eaton this coming weekend at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus on Friday and Saturday, June 3-4 at the OHSAA State Track and Field Championships.
They earned their trip by placing in the top four at the regional meet last weekend. The Division III regional was held on Wednesday, May 25 and Friday, May 27 at Troy High School, while the Division II regional was held at Piqua on Thursday, May 26 and Saturday, May 28.
Bishop qualified for the Division III state tournament in the 100, 200 and 400 meters for Twin Valley South.
Bishop was the regional runner-up in the 200-meters with a time of 22.80. He placed third in the 100-meters with a time of 11.28 and he was third in the 400 with a time of 50.91.
He will compete in the state semifinals on Friday. He will run the 100 at 10:25 a.m. the 400 at 11:10 a.m. and the 200 at 11:50 a.m. The top nine runners in each race will advance to Saturday’s finals.
The finals on Saturday are scheduled for 9:40 a.m., 10:35 a.m. and 11:25 a.m.
Lakes, also from South, advanced in the 300 hurdles. The junior turned in a time of 41.18 to place third and earn his trip to state.
He will run at 11:30 a.m. on Friday in the semifinals. The finals are schedule for Saturday at 10:40 a.m/
Josh Martin was the lone Eagle to advance to state. The senior soared to a personal best jump of 6 feet, 3 inches to finish as regional runner-up in the high jump. He will compete on Saturday at 9:30 a.m.
Martin also competed in the long jump at the regional. He finished 12th with jump of 20-00-75 during the first day of competition.
On the first day of the Division II regional at Piqua, Eaton’s girls 4×800 relay team finished seventh with a time of 9:56.23.
Matthew Michael just missed placing in the discus. He finished ninth with a throw of 124-08.
Addison Guiley finished 11th in the 400-meters with a time of 1:02.58.
The girls 4×400 relay team finished 12th overall with a time of 4:14.55.
Amyah Thacker was 14th in the 200-meters with a time of 27.79.
On Saturday, Clayton Kiracofe had a throw of 50-5.50 feet to finished seventh in the shot put. Gabe Puckett was 10th with a throw of 47-9.50.
Lauren Guiley finished 11th in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:23.34. She also qualified for the 1,600 at the regional but opted not run the event.
Kolby Hamilton turned a personal best time of 10:09.34 in the 3,200-meter run to finish 12th.
On the first day of the Division III regional, National Trail’s Nick Brubaker finished ninth in the long jump with a leap of 19-3.50. Joel Hunt finished 13th with a jump of 18-11.50.
Kendyl Johnson was the lone girl from the county to compete in the Division III regional. The Trail sophomore finished 11th in the 100 hurdles with a time of 17.39.
For South, Jake Sarver finished 11th in the long jump with a leap of 19-1.75.
South’s boys 4×200 relay was 12th in 1:34.31 and the Panthers 4×800 relay team finished 13th in 9:11.91.
South’ Griffin Roell was ninth in the 1,600 with a time of 4:44.06.
Tri-County North’s Alex Klingenberger was 15th in the long jump with a leap of 18-00-75. He also finished 15th in the 200-meters with a time of 25.06.
Jonathan Landis finished 11th in the pole vault for North, clearing 11-00.
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