Hillsboro High School hosted the first day of the South Central Ohio League (SCOL) track and field tournament on Tuesday. The meet featured all eight SCOL schools, including Hillsboro and McClain.
The meet featured 17 total events, with the preliminary round occurring on Tuesday evening for 15 of the 17 events.
The SCOL athletes gave it their all on the first day of the event with no regard for the finals which are scheduled to take place on Thursday at Hillsboro High School.
The Tigers and the Indians had several athletes qualify for the finals in multiple events.
Notable performances from day one include Chayden Pitzer of McClain who qualified first in both the girls 100-meter and 300-meter hurdle events. Landry Gray also of McClain qualified first in the boys 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles.
Austin Goolsby of Hillsboro was tremendous in the boys long jump competition needing only one jump to qualify for the finals. Goolsby was also impressive in the boys pole vault competition garnering a loud cheer from the crowd after clearing the bar on successive attempts.
Jeremy Hayton of Hillsboro failed to qualify in the boys 100-meter dash, one of his strongest events, after leaving the blocks early and being disqualified for a false start.
Finals from the days field events saw several top finishers for the Hillsboro and McClain teams.
Beth Montgomery of McClain placed third in the girls shot put with a distance of 33-02.00.
McClain’s boys 4×800-meter relay team placed third with a time of 8:56.45.
Hillsboro’s Goolsby won the boys pole vault clearing a height of 15-00.00. Goolsby also won the boys long jump with a distance of 21-06.50.
Owen O’connor of McClain placed third in the boys discus throw with a distance of 119-05.
At the close of day one the boys from Hillsboro were sitting in first place with a total of 37 points. McClain boys finished the day in fifth place with a total of 19 points. The McClain girls finished the day in sixth place with a total of 10 points and the Hillsboro girls were in sixth with seven points.
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