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MASSILLON -- In day two action at the Division III regional track meet on Friday at Perry High School several local athletes were able to lock up spots in next weekend's Ohio High School Athletic Association Track & Field Championships with top four finishes in the regional finals.
Junior Emily Paden of Buckeye Trail paced the local effort with advancing to the 'Big Stage' in Columbus for a second straight year in the pole vault, finishing with a runner-up spot thanks to a best effort of 10-04.00.
On the boys side, Barnesville senior Kohl Campbell will be making the trip to C-town following a fourth place showing in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 39.43. Campbell will be busy at the state meet as he will be competing with the 'Rocks 4x400-meter relay team along with senior Kane Stephens, senior Caide Bunfill, and senior Matthew Burkhart by taking fourth place with a time of 3:24.53 to advance.
That same 'Rocks combination just missed moving on in the 4x200-meter relay with a fifth palce finish with a time of 1:30.39.
Advancing on to state action next weekend will be Buckeye Trail's girls' 4x100-meter relay team of sophomore Alauna Butler, junior Sydney Lowry, junior Lindsay Gray and sophomore Arielle Rankin following a fourth place showing with a time of 51.61.
Area performers in action who came up short of advancing included from Caldwell, freshman Chloe McAuley girls 1600-meter run (11th/6:10.29); senior Sean Whetstone boys 1600-meter run (13th/4:59.03); senior Lindsey Furr girls 3200-meter run (11th/12:16.04); sophomore Lauren Fry girls' 800-meter run (13th/2:31.22); senior Sheldon Archer shot put (6th/47-00.50), discus (10th/129-08); sophomore Jeremy Ditch discus (11th/124-11).
Barnesville athletes coming up a bit short of reaching the state meet included junior Justin Lucas high jump (11th/5-08.00); junior Samantha Drake shot put (12th/32-11.25); sophomore Madison Sellers girls high jump (7th/4-10.00); junior Sam Wehr boys' 3200-meter run (14th/10:56.05).
From Buckeye Trail Junior Lindsay Gray girls high jump (12th/4-06.00) and sophomore Tyler King boys' high jump (8th/5-10.00) came up short on their bid for state, along with from Shenandoah senior Jeremy Hall, boys' long jump (12th/18-11.00) and junior Nick Miller, discus (12th/119-07). Junior Erin Lynch, girls' long jump (15th/14-06.25), sophomore Jacob Robinson, boys' 3200-meter run (15th/11:00.85) and junior Kim Halsey, pole vault (9th/8-06.00) from Newcomerstown also failed to advance on.