Meighan Stevens from South Webster earned top honors in the high jump, clearing the bar at 5-2, which reserves her a place in the state meet. Stevens' teammate, Kayla Cook, qualified for the state meet in 1,600-meter run, coming in third place. Cook finished with a time of 5:21.54, which was good enough to send her to Jesse Owens Stadium next weekend.
On the boys side, there were also two athletes who qualified for the state meet. Justin Kammler, from Notre Dame, qualified in the 1600-meter run. Kammler finished with a time of 4:36.16, which was good for third place and a spot in Columbus. Jordan Selbee from Eastern Pike also qualified for the state meet in the 3,200-meter run.
The lone SOC II state qualifier was Bo Crabtree from Valley. Crabtree qualified by way of a second-place finish in the shot put. Crabtree threw a new personal best at the Division III Regional Track Meet in Pickerington on Friday, with a heave of 50-6.25.
"It's awesome (to have a kid qualify for state)," said Valley boys coach Randy McClay. "He threw his best throw of the whole year, his personal best to qualify. Almost all of our kids who came up here, everybody ran their best time or made their best throw. You really can't ask for anymore at this level. The kids came up and did their best."
Valley had a sophomore, Joey Brickey, who just missed qualifying in the shot put. According to McClay, Brickey eclipsed his personal best by a couple of feet.
"As thrilled as you are to move on, said McClay, "I'm more happy to see the kids come up and do their very best."
Notre Dame coach Rocky Fields and South Webster girls coach Ryan Willis were unavailable for comment after the conclusion of the meet.
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