Hillsboro’s Stodgel and Burns move on to State Meet in D II


Lions’ Duffie and Hodson advance in D III

By Ryan Applegate - rapplegate@timesgazette.com



Hillsboro’s Draven Stodgel (left) and Deon Burns each qualified for the OHSAA State Track and Field Championships. Stodgel qualified with a Regional Championship best discus throw of 169 feet and also earned a spot in the boys shot put event with a second place finish. Burns took fourth in the shot put to earn his spot at the State Championship.

Hillsboro’s Draven Stodgel (left) and Deon Burns each qualified for the OHSAA State Track and Field Championships. Stodgel qualified with a Regional Championship best discus throw of 169 feet and also earned a spot in the boys shot put event with a second place finish. Burns took fourth in the shot put to earn his spot at the State Championship.


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McClain’s Kerigan Pollard just missed qualifying for the OHSAA State Track and Field Championship with a fifth place finish in the girls 300-meter Hurdles.


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On Saturday at Muskingum University and Fairfiel Union High School the 2019 edition of the the OHSAA Regional Track and Field Championships in Division II and D III respectively came to a close and four Highland County athletes; Draven Stodgel and Deon Burns of Hillsboro advanced in D II while Brandtson Duffie and Bennett Hodson of Fairfield moved on in D III; advanced to the State Track and Field Championships at Jesse Owens Stadium on the campus of Ohio State University in Columbus Friday and Saturday, May 31-June 1.

Stodgel qualified for the State Meet on day one of the Muskingum Regional Meet when he won the boys Discus Throw Regional Championship with a throw of 169 feet.

On Saturday Stodgel and teammate Deon Burns each qualified in the boys Shot Put event. Burns was fourth in the event with a distance of 52 feet seven and one-half inches and Stodgel qualified as the Regional runner up with a throw of 53 feet nine and one-fourth inches.

Meanwhile in Lancaster at the D III Fairfield Union Regional Meet Brandtson Duffie and Bennett Hodson each qualified for the State Track and Field Championships in the boys 800-meter run.

Duffie took the Regional Championship in the 800-meter race with a time of 1:56.62 and fellow Lions Track and Field athlete Hodson used an outstanding burst over the final stretch to take third place with a time if 2:00.09.

D II

McClain’s Kerigan Pollard reached the D II Regional Championship podium in the girls 300-meter Hurdles and ran a time of 47.85 seconds and finished in fifth place.

The Lady Tigers 4×100-meter relay team of Ashley Hardesty, Iva Easter, Emma Stegbauer and Pollard qualified for the finals in the relay. The team ran a time of 52.05 seconds and finished in eighth place.

Pollard also took part in the girls 100-meter dash but was eliminated in the preliminary race with a tenth place time of 13.25 seconds.

Matt Bliss competed for the Tigers in the boys 100-meter Dash and finished with a time of 12.11 seconds for 14th in the preliminary race.

The Tigers’ 4×400-meter relay team of Alex Snyder, Matt Bliss, Trevor Newkirk and Reece Schluep participated in the preliminary race but were eliminated in 16th place with a time of 3:46.03.

McClain’s Kobe Penwell took part in the boys Long Jump event and finihsed in 13th place with a jump of 19 feet six and one-half inches.

The Lady Indians 4×200-meter relay team of Molly McCreary, Sydney Callahan, Eden Edenfield and Jaeleigh Hart were eliminated in the preliminary race in 13th place with a time of 1:53.25.

The Indians 4×200-meter relay team of Ty Alexander, Keith Doughman, Anthony Richards and Kai Rickman were the final qualifiers in the preliminary race and finished in eighth place in the finals with a time of 1:34.47.

Alexander also competed in the boys 400-meter Dash and was eliminated in the preliminary race with a time of 52.65 seconds in 12th place.

Lady Indians McCreary, Cierra Lively, Callahan and Hart competed in the girls 4×400-meter relay race and finished the preliminary race in 16th place with a time of 4:46.61.

Lively also competed in the girls High Jump and finished in a tie for 10th place with a cleared height of 4 feet eight inches.

Hillsboro’s Quinn Conlon competed in the boys High Jump event but did not record a cleared height in the event.

The Hillsboro boys Track and Field team earned 24 points at the Regional Meet and finished in 10th place.

D III

The Lady Lions 4×800-meter relay team of Ciara Colwell, Sammi Shepherd, Morgan Richmond and Emily Price competed at the D III Regional in Lancaster and finished in 16th place with a time of 11:50.30.

The Lions 4×800-meter relay team of Hodson, Ethan Davis, Gavin Campbell and Duffie finihsed in fifth place with a time of 8:33.27.

Fairfield girls 4×200-meter relay team of Mikayla Griffith, Payton Harvey, Paige Teeters and Ailean Duffie finihsed in 14th place in the finals race with a time of 1:55.82.

The Lions’ 4×100-meter relay team of Bryce Posey, Ethan Saunders , Tristan Victor and Wyatt Fent finished 12th with a time of 47.61 seconds.

Ciara Colwell of Fairfield took seventh in the girls 3200-meter run in the Lancaster D III Regional Championships with a time of 12:04.19.

Chen Frost represented the Lions in the boys 3200-meter run and finished in 10th place with a time of 10:29.52 while teammate Ethan Davis was 11th with a time of 10:32.41.

The Lions’ 4×400-meter relay team of Hodson, Campbell, Blake Haines and Duffie finished eighth with a time of 3:46.59.

Fairfield’s Sammi Shepherd competed in the girls Pole Vault and finished in eighth place with a vault of 9 feet.

Ethan Saunders was ninth in the boys Pole Vault competition with a vault of 11 feet.

The Whiteoak Wildcats 4×800-meter relay team of Zach Deatley, Jacob Campbell, Atlee Carr and Hunter Morgan ran a time of 9:23.08 in 14th place.

The Wildcats were represented by Garrett Miller in the boys 110-meter Hurdles in the preliminary race where he finished with a time of 17.26 seconds in 14th place.

Lady Wildcat Kensley Bailey qualified for the finals in the girls 100-meter Dash and finished in seventh place with a time of 13.06 seconds.

Whiteoak’s boys 4×200-meter relay team of Jacob Campbell, Taylor Newton, Titus Taylor and Bryce Bailey finished in 15th place with a time of 1:46.16.

Hunter Morgan represented the Wildcats in the boys 1600-meter run and finished in tenth place with a time of 4:50.44.

Morgan was also a participant in the boys 3200-meter run and finished with a time of 10:55.87 in 13th place.

Miller also competed in the boys 300-meter Hurdles and finished in 11th place with a time of 43.92 seconds in the preliminary race.

Bailey represented the Lady Wildcats in the girls Long Jump event and finished in sixth place with a jump of 16 feet two and one-half inches.

Hunter Balon represented the Lynchburg-Clay Mustangs in the boys 300-meter Hurdles event and finished the preliminary race in 15th place with a time of 44.78 seconds.

Ryan Applegate is the Sports Editor for The Times-Gazette. Reach Ryan Applegate at 937-402-2572, or on Twitter @RCApplegate89.

Hillsboro’s Draven Stodgel (left) and Deon Burns each qualified for the OHSAA State Track and Field Championships. Stodgel qualified with a Regional Championship best discus throw of 169 feet and also earned a spot in the boys shot put event with a second place finish. Burns took fourth in the shot put to earn his spot at the State Championship.
https://www.timesgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/33/2019/05/web1_Stodgel-and-Burns-State-qualifiers-2019.jpgHillsboro’s Draven Stodgel (left) and Deon Burns each qualified for the OHSAA State Track and Field Championships. Stodgel qualified with a Regional Championship best discus throw of 169 feet and also earned a spot in the boys shot put event with a second place finish. Burns took fourth in the shot put to earn his spot at the State Championship. Chris Hoppes | AIM Media Midwest

McClain’s Kerigan Pollard just missed qualifying for the OHSAA State Track and Field Championship with a fifth place finish in the girls 300-meter Hurdles.
https://www.timesgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/33/2019/05/web1_Kerigan-Pollard-Regional-300H-2019.jpgMcClain’s Kerigan Pollard just missed qualifying for the OHSAA State Track and Field Championship with a fifth place finish in the girls 300-meter Hurdles. Chris Hoppes | AIM Media Midwest
Lions’ Duffie and Hodson advance in D III

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