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Derrick Webb

Derrick is SOSA's chief content coordinator and has worked for the Chillicothe Gazette, the Portsmouth Daily Times and Eleven Warriors. He's a 13-time award-winning journalist, a self-proclaimed baseball purist, a suffering Bengals fan and has never met a stranger.

Division II track athletes punch tickets to Columbus

Multiple athletes competed in Saturday's Division II regional final track meet and advanced to Columbus.

Derrick Webb, Staff Writer

NEW CONCORD — Competing at Muskingum University, multiple Division II track athletes in SOSA’s coverage area punched their tickets to the 2019 OHSAA Track and Field State Championships.

Waverly senior Cody Remington will compete in Columbus next weekend after qualifying in the long jump with a length of 21-feet-10.75.
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Northwest’s Chase McClay qualified in two events, including the 300-meter hurdles where he placed fourth at 39.41 seconds, and the 4×800-meter relay — alongside teammates Josh Shope, Landen Smith and Gabe Morrell — where the Mohawks took second at 8:09.16.

Smith also qualified individually in the 1600-meter run with a finish time of 4:24.88, good enough for a third place finish.

Hillsboro will send two shot put specialists to Columbus as both Draven Stodgel (second, 53-feet-9.25) and Deon Burns (fourth, 52-3.5) both made the cut. Unioto will also send two athletes in the same event to Columbus as Jaden Watkins (third, 9:53.03) and Eric Hacker (fifth, 9:55.43) qualified in the 3200-meter run.

Miami Trace’s Wyatt Cory (second, 13-10) qualified in the pole vault event, Waverly’s Cody Remington (second, 21-10.75) advanced in the long jump, and Westfall’s Marcus Whaley rounded out the area’s qualifiers with a fifth place finish in the 300-meter hurdles at 39.77 seconds.

On the girls side, Miami Trace’s Macy Creamer and Northwest’s Haidym Wamsley both earned success. Creamer qualified in the 100 dash (fourth, 12.87), the 300 hurdles (fourth, 46.75) and helped the Panthers’ 4×100 relay — alongside Isabella Vanover, Alyssa Butler and Lilly Litteral — advance with a time of 51 seconds flat, good enough for a second place finish.

Wamsley will be competing individually in the high jump (second, 5-2) and the 100 hurdles (fourth, 15.90).

Joining Creamer and Wamsley in Columbus will be Washington’s Rayana Burns, who finished second in the 400 dash at 58.77, and Waverly’s Kaila Barr, who took second in the discus throw with a heave of 123-8.

For full results from Saturday’s Division II Regional Track Meet, click here.

The OHSAA State Track and Field State Championships will be held on May 31 and June 1 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of Ohio State University.

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