Regan Clay runs the anchor leg for Rossford in the 800-meter relay at the Division II district. The freshman will compete at state in the 200, 400, and 800 relay. THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH
Eastwood will be well represented at the Division II state track and field championships Friday and Saturday at Ohio State’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
The Eagles’ boys team has qualifiers in three individual events and three relays after winning a second straight regional championship.
Devin Snowden and Tim Hoodlebrink lead the way.
Snowden will be competing at state in four events (long jump, 300-meter hurdles, 400 relay, 1600 relay). Hoodlebrink is a state qualifier in three events (800, 1600 relay, 3200 relay).
Their performances will have plenty to do with where the Eagles will finish in the team results.
“I think we have a pretty good shot on improving what we did [at regional] and just keep everything going,” Snowden said.
Gabe Fredericks, Logan Baugher, Grant Geiser, Jake Hoodlebrink, Joe Salinas, Brennan Seifert, and Noah Smith are other members of the relay teams.
Michaela Butler leads a list of 10 members of Liberty-Benton’s girls team to reach the state meet.
Butler is a state qualifier in the 100, 200, and 400 relay.
Leah Recker (800, 3200 relay) is also competing in multiple events for the Eagles. Sam Johnson (pole vault), Mackenzie Briggs (3200 relay), Devony Miller (3200 relay), Taylor Thomas (3200 relay), Katie Hyre (400 relay), Kelsey May (400 relay), and Megan Peplinski (400 relay) are L-B’s other qualifiers.
Genoa’s Logan Bryer has high expectations for himself after advancing to the state competition as a regional champion in the shot put and discus. He owns the top qualifying mark in the shot put (59 feet, 7½ inches) and fourth best in the discus (172-9).
“I’m just going to take each event one at a time,” Bryer said. “I’ve got a big break. I’ve got Friday morning and Saturday morning, so I’ve got a nice long break in between the two to relax and recover.
“I want to go in with a clear mind and keep the confidence in my training and all the stuff that I’ve learned throughout the years. I want to go out and just have fun because this is my last go-around.”
Napoleon’s Sam Meece will also compete in the discus.
Rogers’ Stratman Cooke, John Gauldin, Kameron Jones, and Elijah Triplett have reached state in the 800 relay.
Otsego’s Cole Gorski qualified in three events (100, 200, pole vault). He heads to state as the favorite in the pole vault (15-10) and has the second-best qualifying times in the 100 and 200.
Delta’s Tyler Fraker, Dylan Nostrant, Lynken Price, and Bailey Storeholder look to contend in the 400 relay. Fraker is also a contender in the pole vault.
Brandon Avers is a contender in the 1600, while Swanton’s Thomas Bryant will run in the 100.
Rossford’s Regan Clay will compete in three events (200, 400, 800 relay) at state as a freshman. Jessica Pietrasz, Shelby Redway, and Taylor Stolar complete the Bulldogs’ 800 relay team.
“I’m definitely expecting to run my best times,” Clay said of running in the state meet. “I’m expecting better competition, so I should be expecting better times.
“I’m hoping to make it in the finals and I’m hoping our [800 relay] can make it to the finals. That would be nice.”
Oak Harbor’s Athena Eli and Allie Jett lead the way for three Rockets relay teams to qualify for state. Eli and Jett are members of Oak Harbor’s 400, 800, and 1600 relays. Karis DeWalt, Rebekah Rayburn, and Cydney St. Clair are also relay members. Rockets teammate Jordyn Dunn is among the discus contenders.
Genoa’s Carly Gose enters state as a legitimate contender in the 800 after placing first at the regional with a time of 2 minutes, 17.39 seconds.
“I’m peaking now instead of at the league meet like last year, and I think that will help,” Gose said.
Eastwood’s Sarah Bettinger, Maddie Jackson, Meagan Kaminski, and Hannah Sponaughle make up a 3200 relay that qualified. Brittany Brittian qualified in the discus, as did Port Clinton’s Morissa Mallory.
Delta’s Mary Miller will compete in the pole vault, while Napoleon’s Peyton Lee looks to challenge in the 100 hurdles.
Wauseon’s Taylor Vernot is a legitimate contender in the 1600 and 3200, while teammate Seneca Wyse looks to challenge in the 400 and Brandi Thompson in the shot put.
— Donald Emmons