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Chiefs sit second at DI district, Johnson wins shot put



Bellefontaine’s girls track and field team got the postseason off to a strong start Wednesday at the Division I district meet in Piqua.

The Chiefs are currently sitting in second place.

Sophomore Brenda Johnson highlighted the first day of action for the Chiefs by winning a district title in the shot put with a toss of 41-6.

After three events scored, Wayne holds a 25-22 lead over Bellefontaine for first place. Greenville and Tippecanoe are tied for third with 10 points, while Troy, Butler and Northmont are tied for fifth with nine points.

The district meet concludes with the finals at 5 p.m. Friday. The top four in each event advance to the regional meet.

Bellefontaine’s girls also had regional qualifiers in Ashley Artis and Shauna Smith on Wednesday. Artis took third in the high jump with a height of 4-8 and Smith finished fourth in the shot put with a toss of 36-4 1/4.

Also for the Chiefs, Erin Levine tied for sixth place in the high jump (4-6), while the 3,200 relay of Destiny Brown, Kinsey Harman, Hannah Clayton and Amber Jones finished in ninth (11:12.6), but did not score.

Qualifying for Friday’s finals were Rebecca Carman in the 100 hurdles, Jessica Kinchen in the 100 hurdles, Regan Price in the 200, the 400 and 800 relay teams, which are both made up of Kinchen, Price, Artis and Kameren Haley, and the 1,600 relay of Artis, Price, Amber Jones and Kenzie Patton.

Tigers’ Gardner, girls 3,200 relay advance in DIII

West Liberty-Salem sent two of its track and field athletes to the regional meet and saw another set a meet record after the first day of action at the Division III district meet in Milton-Union on Wednesday.

As a team, the Tiger girls are fifth with 10 points after scoring three events and the boys are 10th with seven points after scoring four events.

The Division III finals conclude Saturday at 9:30 a.m. The top four in each event advance to the regional meet.

WL-Salem’s girls saw a runner-up performance from the 3,200 relay of Jasmine Smith, Alyssa Strickland, Jodie Hamren and Meghan Vogel in a time of 9:54.5, while the Tiger boys qualified Alex Gardner with a fourth-place finish in the discus (142-8).

Another highlight for WL-Salem was Taylor Cordell, who set a new meet record in the prelims of the boys 110 hurdles. Cordell earned a top qualifying time of 14.98, which broke the previous record of 15.13 set by former Tiger standout Eric Zirkle in 2010.

Placing seventh, but not advancing, were Madison Gantz in the girls shot put (33-5) and the boys 3,200 relay of Ross Kelley, Joey Adams, Alex Adams and Aaron Scott (9:00.5).

Vogel leads the Tiger girls with the top qualifying time in the finals of the 1,600 (5:40.2) and she also advanced in the 800.

Also in Saturday’s finals are Abigail Rabenstein in the 100 hurdles and the 300 hurdles, Morgan Freyhof in the 100 and 200, Jasmine Smith in the 800 and the 1,600, Darby Thomas in the 400, the 400 relay of Rabenstein, Freyhof, Megan Etgen and Michaela Rausch, the 800 relay of Rabenstein, Rausch, Thomas and Savanna Shipp and the 1,600 relay of Thomas, Freyhof, Vogel and Caylee Karg.

The Tiger boys have two relays with the fastest qualifying times heading into Saturday’s finals. That includes the 400 relay of Jacob Ortman, Kelvin Shank, Ross Hickenbottom and Cordell (44.5) and the 800 relay of Ortman, Shank, Hickenbottom and Conner Karg (1:34.4).

Other finalists for the Tigers include Cordell in the 300 hurdles, Shank in the 200, Karg in the 400, Levi Spencer in the 800, Ross Kelley in the 800, Joey Adams in the 1,600 and the 1,600 relay of Cordell, Shank, Karg and Hickenbottom.

Triad freshman Allyssa Eaton placed sixth in the high jump (4-10), while Riverside standout Kerri Meade took eighth in the high jump (4-8).

The Pirates’ Ryan Davidson also qualified to the finals of the 200.

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