Shawnee, Greenon, Northwestern all have regional champs

Shawnee had two winners and Greenon and Northwestern one apiece in the Division II regional track and field meet at Piqua High School on Saturday.

Winning for Shawnee were Robie Glass in the high jump and Jace Mitchem in the pole vault. They were joined by regional champs Delaney Benedict of Greenon in the 400 meters and Northwestern’s Adam Riedinger in the shot put.

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The top four regional placers advance to the season-ending state track and field meets at Ohio State University’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus on Friday and Saturday

Defending boys D-II state champ Dunbar won seven events, including three by senior standout Jalani Allen, and won the boys team title, 81-64 over runner-up Versailles. Shawnee was fourth (40 points) and Northwestern sixth (29).

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Central Buckeye Conference member Bellefontaine won the girls team championship, 54-44 over Van Wert. Shawnee was ninth (29).

The Division I (Wayne) and Division III (Troy) regional concluded on Friday.

Glass, the D-II defending state champ in the high jump, won his specialty, clearing 6 feet 5. He also was second in the 200 (22.36).

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That was just pat of an outstanding Shawnee boys effort to advance to Columbus. The Braves’ were especially productive in the relays. The 4x100 relay also was second (43.45), and the 4x200 (1:30.25) and 4x400 (3:20.74) were both fourth.

Mitchem, also a sophomore, cleared 11-10 to win the pole vault. She’ll be joined at state by sophomore Olivia Warax, who was third in the 3200 (11:31.68) and senior Grace Holmes, fourth in the 1600 (5:09.66).

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Benedict, a sophomore, extended her outstanding season by besting the girls 400 field (57.56). Riedinger set a personal best by adding a shot put championship (58-1.25). He also won the discus on Thursday (164-11).

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The only other area state qualifier from Saturday’s competition was Kenton Ridge junior high jumper Justin Peterman, who was third (6-4).

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