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DAYTON — Benjamin Logan girls high jumper Alex Thompson qualified for the state meet in Columbus for the first time after clearing a height of 5-1 Thursday afternoon at Dayton’s Welcome Stadium.
Thompson could only describe her feelings one way.
“It feels pretty awesome,” she said. “I’m just a sophomore and last year I did pretty badly. So this year, it feels pretty good.”
After missing her first of the highest jumps, Thompson said she didn’t think she had advanced, but soon found out otherwise.
“My first jump I missed and I was kind of worried,” Thompson said, “but when they told me I got fourth place, it felt amazing.”
Following a regional showing last year, at the beginning of this season she said she expected to make it back to the same level.
“Well I made it to regionals last year, so I thought I’d make it to regionals again this year, but I never imagined I’d make it to state,” Thompson said.
Also for Ben Logan, Monica Mannings was third in her heat of the 100 dash, qualifying for the finals with a time of 13.11 seconds.
Mannings just missed making the finals in the 200 dash as she finished fifth in her heat and with the ninth best time overall of 27.20 seconds.
The top two times in each heat and the four fastest times after that advanced to Saturday’s finals.
The Raiders’ Marissa Wilbur was not able to move into the final in either of the hurdle events.
In the 100 hurdles, the junior was seventh in her heat in 18.44 seconds, while in the 300 hurdles she duplicated that placing with a time of 50.0 seconds.
Madison Leis was 14th in the high jump with a leap of 4-8.
The Raiders 400 relay team of Caleb Titus, Zak Wirick, Jeremy Brison and Colby Terrill advanced to Saturday’s finals after finishing third in the heat with a time of 43.85 seconds. They take the fifth fastest time into the finals.
Titus, Wirick, Terrill and Dylan McGarry also moved into the finals in the 800 relay as their time of 1:31.45 was third in their heat and fifth overall on Thursday.
Titus was not able to move on in either the 100 or 200 dash. In the 100 dash, the Raider senior was sixth in his heat with a time of 12.01 seconds and in the 200 he was also sixth in 23.41 seconds.
Casey Greavu finished 10th in the pole vault, clearing 12-0, while McGarry was 11th in the long jump with a leap of 19-10.
The meet continues on Saturday with the field events beginning at 11:30 a.m. and the running finals starting at 12:30 p.m.
By Ty Thaxton
Times sports editor