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WAPAKONETA — Nathan Hicks finished first in the shot put and Maty Mauk returned after missing most of the season with a hamstring injury to add a second place effort in the long jump to lead the Kenton boys track team on the first day of the Western Buckeye League championships at Harmon Field on Wednesday.
Hicks’ toss in the shot of 52-7 1/2 was nearly four feet farther than that of the second place finisher Jacob White of Ottawa-Glandorf (48-9 1/2).
Mauk’s top leap in the long jump was 20-4, which was only behind Blake VaVorce of Bath, who had a jump in the finals of 20-10 1/4.
Kenton is currently third in the team standings with 18 points. O-G is in first with 28 points, followed by Elida with 20.
Lance Taylor qualified for the finals in the 200 dash (23.88 seconds) and the 400 dash (51.93 seconds). His 400 time is third fastest entering the finals, while his 200 time is the sixth fastest.
The 800 relay team of Taylor, Zach Wolowicz, Angelo Lombardo and Justin Sawmiller also earned a sport in the finals with a time of 1:37.33, which qualified them sixth.
Qualifying for the finals for the Lady Wildcats on Wednesday was the quartet of Terrill Web, Audrey Miller, Brooke Bostelman and Kaily Whitaker, who advanced in the 400, 800 and 1,600 relays.
Their time of 52.1 seconds was the second fastest qualifying time in the 400 relay, while their 1:48.78 in the 800 relay was the third quickest and their 1,600 time of 4:16.84 was the fourth fastest.
Through the events, the Lady Wildcats have yet to score. Celina leads the girls team standing with 42 points.
The meet continues at 4:30 p.m. Friday.