By Garth Shanklin
Clermont County will be well represented at the track and field regionals this week, as a host of local athletes advanced to the next round of action.
In the girls’ high jump, West Clermont’s Mia Mulloney placed second, clearing 5 feet, 2 inches. Another Lady Wolf, Maddie Walker, qualified for the 1600 meter run, finishing second to Turpin’s Samantha Bush, who set a new district record with a time of 4:51.72. Walker finished in 5:00.34.
Teammate Morgan Walsh advanced to the regionals by placing second in the 800 meter run. Walsh finished in 2:13.90 seconds, just behind Kings’ Karleigh Conner.
Milford’s Manny Fernandez placed third in the 110 meter hurdles, finishing in 15.27 seconds. Andrea Armstrong joined Fernandez, finishing fourth in the 400 meter dash in 58.81 seconds.
Goshen’s Matthew Hodge also advanced in the Division I meet, placing fourth in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 39.86 seconds.
In Division II, New Richmond’s Aubree Story placed second in the 200 meter dash, finishing in 26.86 seconds to advance to the regionals. Teammate Jenna Burns also advanced, finishing fourth in the 1600 meter run by posting a time of 5:44.36.
Burns also placed fourth in the 3200 meter run, finishing in 12:23.37 to qualify for the regional meet.
New Richmond’s Hannah Lewin placed fourth in the 100 meter hurdles, finishing in 17.29 seconds. She edged teammate Jocelyn Nehls for the final qualifying spot by .36 seconds.
Goshen’s Miranda Meyer placed fourth in the 300 meter hurdles, finishing in 52.52 seconds to advance to the regional meet.
New Richmond’s 4×200 meter relay team of Lizzie Duncan, Wentzel, Nehls and Story placed second in the 4×200 meter relay, finishing in 1:50.57. Another Lady Lion relay team, the 4×800 meter squad, placed fourth to advance to regionals. Cortney Iding, Abby Swensgard, Diana Mancilla and Catie Biehle finished in 10:54.28.
In the field events, Nehls placed second in the high jump, clearing five feet. CNE’s Leah Decatur placed sixth, with Bethel-Tate’s Reagan Leonard in seventh.
Locals dominated the pole vault, with New Richmond’s Alyssa Weitzel placing first by clearing 9 feet, 6 inches. Clermont Northeastern’s Carson Fishback placed second, with Goshen’s Morgan Horr in fourth.
Three more locals advanced in the long jump. Goshen’s Hailey Carrier placed second, with a 15 foot leap. New Richmond’s Lizzie Duncan and Trisha Winkelbach both tallied a 14 foot, 11 inch leap to place third and fourth, respectively.
In the shot put, Bethel-Tate’s Brooke Stiles placed fourth with a throw of 29 feet, 10 inches. New Richmond’s Allie Bird placed fourth in the discus, recording a distance of 87 feet.
On the boys’ side, New Richmond’s Herwens Horgan advanced to regionals in the 200 meter dash, placing second in a time of 22.89 seconds. Teammate Corey Bozic qualified in the 400 meter dash, placing third with a time of 52.38 seconds. Clark Montessori’s Brazeil Moore won the event, finishing in 50.37 seconds.
Bethel-Tate’s Jackson Coates advanced to regionals in the 800 meter run, finishing in 1:58.39. New Richmond’s Ryan Wolf narrowly missed the cut, finishing less than four seconds behind Madeira’s Diego Arredondo for fourth place.
A quartet of Lions advanced to regionals in the 4×100 meter relay. Jack McDonough, Scotty Troxell, Cody Feldkamp and Aaron Pike placed fourth, finishing in 46.51 seconds to advance.
New Richmond’s 4×200 meter relay team also advanced. Chandler Kinhalt, Corey Bozic, McDonough and Horgan placed fourth, finishing in 1:34.73.
Horgan and Bozic were joined by Wolf and Austin Ruhstaller for the 4×400 meter run, where the Lions placed third to advance to regionals, posting a time of 3:29.58.
Finally, Bethel-Tate’s quartet of Coates, Noah Rees, Matt Hall and Sam Frondorf placed second in the 4×800 meter relay, finishing roughly two seconds behind race winners Indian Hill.
In the field events, New Richmond’s Seth Mattingly placed third in the pole vault, clearing 11 feet. Clermont Northeastern’s Layne Todd finished third in the shot put with a throw of 46 feet, 5 inches. Bethel-Tate’s Owen Holtke placed fifth with New Richmond’s Jason Ackerman in sixth.
Another Lion, Toby Khan, finished third in the discus. Khan recorded a throw of 127 feet, 1 inch to advance to regionals. Todd will join him, placing fourth with a 126 foot, 8 inch mark.
In the team standings, New Richmond won the women’s title by six points over Indian Hill. Goshen placed ninth. The Lions placed second to Indian Hill in the boys’ standings, finishing with 65.5 points.
The first local to qualify in Division III did so in the 100 meter hurdles. Williamsburg’s Lily Williford placed second in the event, finishing in 17.82 seconds.
The Lady Wildcats also sent a quartet of runners to regionals, with Hailey Beesten, Emma Beesten, Amanda Mitchell and Camille McManus placing fourth in the 4×200 meter relay.
In the field events, Williamsburg’s Emery Kellerman placed second in the high jump, clearing 5 feet, 2 inches. Williford placed second in the pole vault by clearing the 8 foot, 3 inch mark.
The Lady Wildcats claimed the top two finishers in the shot put, with Aubrey Siekbert recording a throw of 31 feet, 1 inch to win the event. Willow Kenneda placed Rsecond with a 33 foot, 6.5 inch distance.
Kenneda also placed second in the discus with a mark of 105 feet.
Felicity’s Madison Winter finished third in the long jump, leaping 14 feet, 11.5 inches.
Williamsburg’s Blake Miller qualified for regionals in the 100 meter dash, finishing in third place with a time of 11.47 seconds. Miller also placed third in the 200 meter dash to advance to the regional meet.
Felicity’s Jared Boeckmann finished fourth in the 800 meter run, finishing in 2:09.83. He also placed third in the 1600 meter run, posting a time of 4:48.33.
In the 110 meter hurdles, Williamsburg’s Brendon Madigan placed second, posting a time of 18.71 seconds to advance to regionals. Madigan placed second in the 300 meter hurdle event to earn a trip to the regional meet, finishing in 45.07 seconds.
Madigan, Miller, Jordan Block and Adam Donohoo comprised the Wildcat 4×200 meter relay team, a squad that placed second to advance to regionals. The Wildcats finished in 1:35.49.
In the field events, two Wildcat pole vaulters advanced to the regional meet. Wyatt Lefker won the event, clearing 14 feet. Skylar Gries placed third, clearing 10 feet, 6 inches.
Jake Patterson placed second in the shot put for the Wildcats with a throw of 37 feet, 6.5 inches. Teammate Tim McPhillips won the discus with a 113 foot, 9 inch toss.
In the team standings, the Wildcats placed fourth on the girls’ side with 85 points behind Madeira (105), Cincinnati Country Day (108) and Summit Country Day (126). The boys’ team placed third with 83.5 points. CCD won the title with 102.5 points, followed by Summit Country Day at 96.5.
The regional meets begin on Wednesday, May 23 and continue on Friday, May 25 in Division I and III. Huber Heights hosts the Division I meet, with the finals in track beginning at 6:30 p.m. and field events starting at 5 p.m. In Division III, held at Troy High School, all final track events begin on May 25 at 6 p.m. and field events start at 5 p.m.
Locals competing in the Division II meet will do so at Piqua High School beginning on Thursday, May 24. Field events begin at 5 p.m. with track events starting at 6:30 p.m. The Division II meet will conclude on Saturday, May 26 with field events beginning at 11 a.m. and track events at 12:30 p.m..V