ST. PARIS —Eaton’s track team will be sending six athletes in seven events to this week’s regional meets.
The Eagles competed in the Division II Graham District meet on Saturday, May 21 and coach Randy McKinney saw several of his athletes advance to next week’s respective regional tournament.
“I was very pleased with the overall effort and accomplishments of all our men and women who participated in the district championships,” said McKinney after the event. “The district, like most years, was very tough and difficult to advance out of to the next level, at the regional championships. Advancing six athletes in seven events made it an outstanding weekend for our program. Many young and rookie athletes competed well and did not place, but gained valuable experience for the future.”
Drew Campbell advanced to the regional tournament for the second consecutive year by placing fourth in the high jump.
Madison Bowman also advanced for the second consecutive year in the girls by placing fourth in both the shot put and discus.
Darius Spears finished fourth in the shot put. Sasha Taxter was another athlete who advanced for the second consecutive year in the 800-meter run by taking second place.
Senior Seth Wright advanced to the regional for the fourth consecutive year in the pole vault.
Junior Seth Gard advanced for the first time in the 3,200-meter run, finishing a strong second place behind Joe Spitzer of Versailles.
Other placers included: Miranda Lee, sixth place, pole vault; Katie Bassler, seventh place, 3,200; Trey Gregory, seventh place, 800; Kylee Moore, eighth place, pole vault; Chase Smith, eighth place, discus; girls 4×200 relay team of Mariyah McKelvin, Gabby Best, Kelsey Brock, Sidney Lamberson, eighth place; boys 4×400 relay team of Damon Willard, Trey Gregory, Connor Gowanny, Wyatt Cox, seventh place.
The men’s regional qualifiers will travel to the Lexington regional preliminaries on Thursday and Saturday. The women’s regional qualifiers will travel to the Dayton Regional, also on Thursday and Saturday.
Reach Oliver Sanders at 937-683-4062 or on Twitter @osanders_RH