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LEXINGTON — The Kenton girls track team will be competing in Columbus this weekend.
The Lady Wildcat foursome of Terrill Webb, Audrey Miller, Brooke Bostelman and Kaily Whitaker advanced to Division II state competition by finishing second in the 400 relay with a time of 50.34 seconds during Saturday’s regional in Lexington.
As would likely be expected, the KHS girls, who broke their own school record, had no complaints with the second place finish.
“No complaints at all, we’re going to state,” Whitaker said.
Juniors Webb, Miller and Whitaker said that coming into the season they didn’t believe they would do as well as they’ve done in the past after having to replace Elida Nokland from their 2011 team that competed at regionals.
“I didn’t expect this,” Whitaker said. “I really didn’t think we would be as good as we were last year (coming into the season).”
“It was Brooke’s first year and we didn’t expect this because we went so far last year with Elida,” Miller said. “But Brooke (a sophomore) has done really well.”
Ottawa-Glandorf won the race in 49.95 seconds, while Eastwood was third (50.41 seconds) and Liberty-Benton was fourth (50.79 seconds).
Webb is also competing this weekend in the pole vault after finishing second in that event on Saturday.
Webb cleared 9-10 on her third and final attempt at that height to ensure her spot in Columbus. Bryan’s Alyssa McBride cleared a regional record 12-0 to win the competition, while St. Marys’ Kelly Heitkamp and Alex Johnson both cleared 9-6 to finish third and fourth, respectively.
“It was kind of a shocker, because I thought I’d have to go a lot higher,” Webb said. “Making the (third jump at 9-10) was the biggest relief I’ve ever felt.”
Webb, Miler, Bostelman and Whitaker weren’t as fortunate in the 1,600 relay, finishing seventh in a time of 4:11.01. Celina won the race in 3:57.66, followed by Granville (4:01.74), Shelby (4:03.75) and Liberty-Benton (4:04.23).
The Lady Wildcats finshed 10th in the team standings with 18 points. Celina was first with 84 points, while Liberty-Benton was second with 73 1/2. Lima Bath was fifth with 28 points and Ottawa-Glandorf was sixth with 24.
In the boys meet, Kenton’s Nathan Hicks finished sixth in the shot put with a throw of 52-0 1/4. Hicks had the fourth best throw going into the finals, before being passed by Port Clinton’s Cody Smith on the second to last throw and Ontario’s Connor Haverfield on the final round of attempts.
Hicks, who fouled on four of his six attempts, was not able to get a clean throw on his final two attempts.
Sandusky Perkins’ Michael Ebert won the event with a throw of 57-10 1/2, while Huron’s Ryan McNulty was second with a toss of 55-1. Haverfield was third and Perkins’ Aaron Mawhirter ended up fourth (53-1 1/4).
Hicks’ Wildcat counterpart Gabe King was 15th in the shot put with a toss of 44-7 1/2.
Also for Kenton, Lance Taylor finished sixth in the 400 dash with a time of 51.12 seconds. Columbus Eastmoor’s Dareyus Person was first in a regional record 48.15 seconds. Clyde’s Adam Turner was second (49.13 seconds), Van Wert’s Chad Phillips was third (49.55 seconds) and Eastmoor’s DeShawn Marshall was fourth (50.0 seconds).
Adding in Maty Mauk’s second place finish in the long jump on Thursday, Kenton’s boys finished 14th in the team standings with 17 points. Eastmoor won the meet with 60 points, while Perkins was second with 50. Van Wert was seventh with 34 points.
By KENDRICK JESIONOWSKI
Times sports editor