Regional track action underway

LANCASTER — Regional track competition kicked off Wednesday in Ohio, and Belpre’s Hunter Gilbert was the lone athlete from the area to punch his ticket to state.

Gilbert placed fourth in the pole vault with a mark of 12 feet, 6 inches to earn a spot in Columbus next weekend. He’ll look to place in the top eight to earn Division III All-Ohio honors.

Waterford’s George Pantelidis finished three spots behind Gilbert in seventh at 11-6.

The Golden Eagles also had Collin Alloway finish 12th in the discus (127-1).

Federal Hocking’s Jaylen Rogers was ninth in the high jump at 5-0.

Over in Massillon, more D3 regional action took place. Caldwell’s Michael Gerard finished eighth in the 200 preliminaries (23.22) to advance to Friday’s finals, where he’ll need a fourth-or-better placement to move on to state.

Shenandoah’s Shakur Payton scored in the long jump but did not advance with a seventh-place finish (21-0.75). Monroe Central’s Joey Wise was 10th in the 100 prelims with a time of 11.58. The Fort Frye 4×800 relay team of Braden Lipot, Justin Anderson, Jevin Ward and Brady Schilling came in 11th (8:42.00)

A pair of local throwers competed in the discus, with Caldwell’s Jeremy Ditch coming in 10th (137-11) and Shenandoah’s Tanner Brown finishing 14th (131-2).

In Division I at Pickerington North, Marietta’s girls 4×100 relay team of Meadow Benton, Courtney Schuck, Lexie Mullen and Torrance Nonnenamacher broke another school record with a time of 49.93. However, they missed out on advancing to Friday’s finals with a ninth-place finish. The same quartet also competed in the 4×200 prelims and came in 15th, while Nonnenmacher and Benton competed in the 100 prelims and finished 14th and 15th, respectively.

On the boys side, Quintin Southerly just missed scoring a point for the Tigers in the long jump, finishing ninth with a mark of 21-4.25.