The first day of the 2016 Division II District track meet was held Tuesday under cool, cloudy and, toward the end of the evening, rainy conditions at Washington High School.
As was reported in Wednesday’s Record-Herald, the Miami Trace girls and Circleville boys teams were the leaders after three and four events respectively.
The Lady Panthers have two student-athletes advancing to the Regional meet at Athens High School.
Sophomore Katie Seyfang won the District shot put title with a best throw of 38’ 7”.
Miami Trace freshman Tori Morrison placed fourth in the high jump at 4’ 10”.
After the first day’s competition, those were the only Fayette County athletes who had qualified to the Regional.
On Saturday, field events to be contested will be girls pole vault, girls discus and girls long jump, and, on the boys’ side, it will be the high jump and shot put.
Prelims and semifinals were held Tuesday in the track events, except for the 4 x 800-meter relays.
On the girls’ side, Washington senior Maria Wilson has qualified to the finals in the 100-meter hurdles with the third-fastest time of 17.28.
In the 100-meter dash, Washington senior Holly Inskeep is through to the finals. She recorded the fourth-fastest time of 13.27.
In the 4 x 200-meter relay, the Lady Lions had the fastest time of 1:48.91. That team was comprised of all seniors: Alexis Gray, Megan Mullins, Haley Petitt and Holly Inskeep.
Washington also had the fastest time in the 4 x 100-meter relay, 52.72. Those team members are, again, all seniors: Wilson, Inskeep, Petitt and Mullins.
Alexis Gray has reached the finals in the 400-meter dash with the fastest time of 59.29.
Miami Trace’s Macy Creamer, a freshman, will be in the finals of the 300-meter hurdles. She has the fifth-fastest time of 52.00. Creamer will also be in the finals of the 300-meter hurdles with the fifth-fastest time of 52.00.
In the 200-meter dash, Holly Inskeep made the finals with the sixth-fastest time of 27.87.
In the 4 x 400-meter relay, the Lady Lions recorded the fastest time in the semifinals at 4:13.86. That team is made up of Petitt, Mullins, sophomore Maddy Garrison and Gray.
Miami Trace placed ninth at 1:56.18. That team consisted of freshmen Laralyn LeBeau and Tori Morrison, junior Macey Stires and senior Alexis Smith.
The 800, 1600 and 3200-meter races will be contested as finals Saturday.
Alexis Gray brings in the fifth-fastest time of 2:30.00 in the 800.
In the 3200-meters, Maddy Garrison brings in the third-fastest time of 12:18. However, the times for two runners from Unioto, long known for producing top-flight distance runners, were not available.
Garrison has the fifth-fastest time in the 1600, 5:45. This does not include the time for one runner from Unioto.
Washington sophomore Alexa Harris will also run in the 800-meters. Her seed time is 2:54.
Senior Kirsten List will also run for the Lady Lions in the 1600 (6:19) and 3200-meter events (13:45).
For Miami Trace, freshman Tori Evans (6:02, 13:29) and senior Julia Barrett (6:50, 14:45) will compete in the 1600 and 3200-meter events.
Miami Trace has one relay through to the finals, that being the 4 x 100-meter relay. The team of freshmen Macy Creamer, Olivia Flerchinger, Laralyn LeBeau and senior Alexis Smith had the seventh-fastest time of 55.86.
In the long jump, Flerchinger and LeBeau will compete for Miami Trace and Megan Mullins and sophomore Savanna Davis will compete for Washington. Out of 30 competitors, Mullins has the third-best distance of 16’ 4”.
In the discus throw, freshman Taylor Smith and sophomore Trinity Ragland will compete for Washington.
Katie Seyfang and sophomore Gretchen Ivers will go for Miami Trace. Seyfang has the third best distance coming in of 115’ 11”.
There are just 11 competitors in the pole vault. For Washington, it will be sophomore Jaelyn Mason and freshman Megan Downing.
For Miami Trace, it will be junior Elizabeth Kratzer.
The lead vaulter coming in is Zane Trace junior Olivia Pflaumer at 10’ 6”.
On the boys’ side, for Miami Trace, sophomore Jonah Meehan is in the finals of the 110-meter hurdles with the eighth-fastest time of 17.33. He also made the finals in the 300-meter hurdles with the seventh-fastest time of 44.29.
Washington sophomore Caleb Rice made the finals in the 110’s with the fourth-fastest time of 16.17.
Neither local school has a finalist in the 100-meter dash.
Miami Trace junior Drake Litteral with the second-fastest time of 22.80.
In the 400-meter dash, Miami Trace junior Tyrae Pettiford is in the finals with the second-fastest time of 52.34, which is just .02 of a second behind sophomore Tanner Jennings of Waverly.
Washington sophomore Brandon Underwood (2:12.18) will compete in the 800-meter run finals.
In the 1600-meter run, Miami Trace freshman Jake Atwood (5:07) will compete, as will Washington freshman Lee Shaffer (5:35). The pace-setter in the field is Unioto senior David Magda (4:22).
In the 3200-meter run, Miami Trace junior Blake Pittser (10:38), freshman August Langley (11:57) and Washington sophomore Chris Conger (11:28) and freshman Connor Lane (12:18) will compete.
Unioto freshman Tucker Markko leads the field with a time of 10:06.
Miami Trace’s 4 x 200-meter relay made it through to the finals with the fourth-fastest time of 1:33.86. That team is made up of juniors Tyrae Pettiford and Elijah Sauceda, sophomore Noah Wiseman and junior Drake Litteral.
The fastest time Tuesday was turned in by Zane Trace (1:33.19).
Washington’s 4 x 2 relay suffered a disqualification.
The Panthers made the finals in the 4 x 400-meter relay with the seventh-fastest time of 3:39.76. Those team members are: Pettiford, Wiseman, Atwood and sophomore Justin Reed.
The Blue Lions were 13th in the 4 x 4 in 3:57.78. Those runners were: two sophomores, Brandon Underwood and Josh Trimmer and two seniors, Jerry Knapp and Branton Mitchell.
Miami Trace was 10th in the 4 x 100-meter relay in a time of 47.43. That team was made up of senior Devin Bainter, sophomore Malik Jackson and juniors Corey Olley and Elijah Sauceda.
Washington was 12th in the 4 x 100-meter relay in 48.81. Those runners were sophomore Jacob Rice, senior Jerry Knapp, senior Hunter Sever and sophomore Caleb Rice.
In the high jump on Saturday, Washington freshman Caden Smith (5’ 1”) and junior Jordan Morris (5’ 3”) will go and for Miami Trace, it will be Malik Jackson (5’ 4”) and freshman Wyatt Cory (5’ 4”).