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May 30, 2013 Bulldog sports round-up

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Six girls advance to regionals

After finishing in second place at the Metro Buckeye Conference Championships in Troy just seven days earlier the Yellow Springs girls track and field team strode into Dayton’s Welcome Stadium last week full of confidence. And it brought about superior results as the girls team finished eighth overall out of 19 schools.

The Bulldogs also advanced six athletes in five events to the Southwestern Ohio Regional Championship in Piqua this week.

Competing at regionals on Wednesday, May 29, will be high school junior Kennedy Harshaw in the shot put and the 4×800-meter relay squad of Charlotte Walkey, Lois Miller, Niki Worsham and Alex Brown. Harshaw advanced with an outstanding personal record in the shot put. Early in the competition Kennedy tossed the shot 31´ and 5˝. And despite the attempts of the other 26 competitors to surpass her, that mark held up for a third-place finish. The 4×800-meter relay foursome advanced with a third place finish in 10:44.02.

On Saturday, June 1, Yellow Springs’ school record holder in the discus, Angela Allen, will compete at regionals. Allen advanced with a third-place finish at districts in the discus with a toss of 98´4˝. Senior Alex Brown will be in the lead pack in the metric-mile race. The school record holder in both the 1600-meter and one-mile runs, Brown advanced with a third-place finish in 5:32.18.

The last qualifier competing at regionals on Saturday will be Lois Miller. Miller defended her 2012 district championship in 3200-meter run with a school-record-setting performance. Miller broke away from Bethany Norman of Xenia Christian on lap six of the eight-lap event to win in 11:44.73. Miller’s previous best, the former school record established just two weeks ago at the Bulldog Invitational here in Yellow Springs, was 11:51.

Other individuals who contributed to the Lady Bulldog effort at the district meet last weekend were AnnDee Pettiford and Walkey, each of whom finished sixth in their individual events. Pettiford placed sixth in the long jump with a new personal record of 14´ 5.75˝. Walkey garnered her three points in the 3200-meter run as she finished with a time of 13:09.01.

Last week, the Yellow Springs’ girls team finished second overall in the Metro Buckeye Conference Championships. Athletes named to the Metro Buckeye Conference First Team in track by virtue of winning their events were Charlotte Walkey, Lois Miller, Niki Worsham and Alex Brown (4×800 relay), AnnDee Pettiford, Kennedy Harshaw, Rachele Orme, Angela Allen (4×100 relay), Allen (discus), Harshaw (shot put) and Brown (800-meter run).

Boys track finishes 14th

The Yellow Springs boys track and field team finished in 14th place at the recent Dayton District Division III Track and Field Meet.

Eli Biggs narrowly missed a regional berth by placing fifth in the pole vault with a jump of 9´0 (only the top four finishers advance to regionals). Connor Gravley-Novello also just missed qualifying with a fifth-place finish in the 3200-meter run in 10:59.48.

Other strong performances were turned in by Oluka Okia, who got sixth place in the high jump with a leap of 5´4˝, and Dylan Borchers, who placed seventh in the 300-meter hurdles in 45.67.

All of the above performances were season bests.


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