Locals qualify for state meet

By: 
BRAD FRANK
Sports Editor

Fourteen local high school athletes qualified for state track and field championships which will be held Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.

The Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers advanced to state in three of the four relays.

W-G's 4x100-meter quartet — Tyler Eller, Dustin Klenke, Gabe James and Connor Whitaker — broke the school record in its fourth straight race, while the 4x400 team consisting of Eller, James, Zane Wicker and Whitaker also broke the school record. Eller, Whitaker, Caleb Beale and James are going in the 4x200. 

Tigers senior Drew Lament is returning to Columbus in the high jump. He placed fifth there as a sophomore in 2014. Whitaker took the final qualifying spot in the 110 hurdles for his first state appearance in the event.

Trojans junior Josh Miller and freshman Grace Homan will appear in both throwing events at state. Miller qualified for the discus on Wednesday, while Homan advanced in the shot put. They duplicated that feat in the other throwing events Friday. Miller advanced to state last season in the shot put.

Botkins Trojans senior Chloe Flora won regional titles Friday in the 1,600 and 3,200, breaking her own school record in the 1,600, in which she was the state runner-up last season. She also qualified on the 4x400 along with Kayla Heuker, Hannah Bailey and Adriana Jutte.

Wapakoneta junior Sidney Sutton qualified for the Division I championships in the pole vault.