HIGH FLYER: Ansonia freshman vaulter Brock Shellhaas
The pole vault was one of a few boys and girls field event finals and the 4x800-meter relay was the only running final. The top eight times from Thursday’s running semifinals advance to Saturday’s finals (11 a.m. field events; 12:30 p.m. running finals). The top four placers in each event qualify for next week’s season-ending D-II high school state meet at Ohio State University’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.
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Matheson went 15-0 to win this event as a junior. But he also didn’t have a metal rod implanted in his left leg, like he has now. Worse, the battered limb is his takeoff leg, crucial to vaulters and jumpers. Matheson and his coaches spent the last month preparing for the postseason.
“We did a lot of work mentally,” he said. “We jumped in with a great attitude and mindset and we did what we wanted to do.”
He’ll take that can-do attitude to Concordia University at Ann Arbor, Mich., next season, where he’ll play football and vault. Oakwood junior Jake Schauer (13-2) was second to Matheson.
• The Tippecanoe 4x800 relay of Katie Taylor, Jillian Brown, Mackenzie Dietz and Kaili Titley won their specialty (9:44.17). They should contend for a state title in the event and this might not be their last shot. All are sophomores except Dietz, who’s a junior.
Other girls winners were Monroe freshman Jenna Hensley in the high jump (5-4) and Valley View senior Faith Lewis in the shot put (39-5.5). Placing runner-up in the shot was Milton-Union junior Beyonce Bobbitt.
• Dunbar (8:05.30) placed second to Hamilton Badin in the boys 4x800 relay. Just seven inches separated the top six boys long jumpers, including Keyshawn Jones of Dunbar (21-11) who was sixth. Dunbar had the best 4x100 relay semifinal (44.15) and was second to Thurgood Marshall (3:28.32) in 4x400 relay finals qualifying.
• Meadowdale senior Wayne Lawrence Jr. was on cruise control, posting the best semifinal efforts in the 100 (10.97), 400 (50.10) and 200 (22.08). He’s a legitimate contender to sweep all three sprints at state.
• Regional finals resume Friday with D-I at Dayton’s Welcome Stadium and D-III at Troy’s Memorial Stadium. Field events begin at 5 p.m. and running finals at 6 p.m. at both sites.
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Coldwater senior Zach Klosterman runs in the 110 high hurdles semifinals during the D-II regional track and field meet at Piqua’s Alexander Stadium on Thursday, May 25, 2017. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF