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Kaner Butler hurdles to a second-place finish in the 110 hurdles during  the regional meet held in Troy last week. Both Okia and Butler, along with Julie Roberts advanced to the state track meet this weekend in Columbus. (Submitted photo)

Kaner Butler hurdles to a second-place finish in the 110 hurdles during the regional meet held in Troy last week. Both Okia and Butler, along with Julie Roberts advanced to the state track meet this weekend in Columbus. (Submitted photo)

June 2, 2016 Bulldog Sports Round-up

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The YSHS boys and girls track team enjoyed their most success since 2007 at the regional championship track meet last Friday at Troy Memorial Stadium. Three Bulldogs qualified for the state meet, which will be held this Friday and Saturday at the Jesse Owens Stadium on the campus of The Ohio State University.

Oluka Okia earned a first-place gold medal in the high jump with a leap of 6´4˝ while Kaner Butler sped to a second-place silver medal with a personal best of 15.22 in the 110 hurdles. Junior Julie Roberts set a school record in the 300 hurdles (45.91) with a runner-up finish. All three will represent the largest contingent of YSHS athletes to qualify for the state meet since 2007.

Senior Dy’meisha Banks earned a spot on the podium with a seventh-place finish in the 200 meters (26.91). Senior Charlotte Walkey finished a fine career with a 14th place in the 800 meters while ninth-grader Jude Meekin competed in the 3200 meters and finished in 11th place. Amani Wagner threw the discus for a 14th-place finish. Olivia Brintlinger-Conn and Ayanna Madison also competed at the regional meet.

“Having three athletes competing in the state meet means that they are among the top 16 in their respective events. That only 16 athletes qualify for the state meet demonstrates the depth and quality of our track team,” said coach John Gudgel. “Julie, Kaner and Oluka, along with all of our track and field athletes, are fine examples of dedication, hard work and perseverance.”

Oluka Okia jumps 6’4” in the high jump, earning first-place during  the regional meet held in Troy last week. (Submitted photo)

Oluka Okia jumps 6’4” in the high jump, earning first-place during the regional meet held in Troy last week. (Submitted photo)

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