Three local athletes participated in the state track and field meet on Saturday. McClain’s Tara Karnes and Kaylee Hurley, and Fairfield’s Michael Mangus all competed at the highest level and two came away from the day with podium finishes.
Michael Magus’ goal coming into the state meet was to be in the top two in the boys 3200-meter run. Mangus met his goal on Saturday morning with a second place finish with a time of 9:27.15, four seconds ahead of the third place finisher. Mangus missed the top spot by a mere five seconds with the winning time being a 9:22.85.
Tara Karnes placed ninth in the girls shot put with a throw of 38-02.27. The winner of the event threw a distance of 45-06.75.
Kaylee Hurley qualified for and competed in four events at the meet in the wheelchair division. The wheelchair division was added by the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) as a sanctioned high school sport, and Saturday was only the second time these athletes have been able to compete in the state meet.
Hurley’s best event came in the early afternoon when she raced against her competitors in the 400-meter dash. Not only did she come in second place in the race, she also broke last year’s state record with a time of 1:17.20, only four seconds behind the first place finisher. The previous record for the event was 1:23.64. She also placed second in the girls shot put with a throwing distance of 14-07.50. Hurley came in third in her other two events. The first was the 800-meter race with a time of 2:56.02 and she also finished third in the 100 meters with a time of 23.78.
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