HUBER HEIGHTS – The first day of regional track and field competiton for Clinton County athletes didn’t go well for a trio of Wilmington High School athletes.
Wilmington competed in the Region 4 Track & Field Championship at Wayne High School’s Heidkamp Stadium.
The weather was a factor. It rained as the field events began then stopped and picked up again as the field events were wrapping up.
Several athletes slipped – one fell hard – in the shot put and discus rings. Officials at the meet had a leaf blower to dry the ring as well as towels to wipe the rings as well as the long jump board.
Carter Huffman, a sophomore, made the finals in the long jump competition. He finished eighth overall with a best jump of 20-7.25. That was his first jump of the competition.
Following a foul, Carter went 19-3.5, 20-0.5, 19-7 and 20-0.25.
The fourth place distance, which was good to qualify for the state meet, was 21-3.5.
Kaitlynn Hickey was the lone freshman in the girls shot put field. She finished 14th.
Her best throwing coming in to the reigonal meet was 33-1.5 but she came up short of that mark on Wednesday.
“It was a good experience,” WHS throws coach Eileen Grosse said.
Her first toss was 29-5 then she followed that up with her best at 31-11.25. Her final throw was 31-5.5.
A throw of 33-3.25 was the final throw to make the final flight of nine competitors.
Brooks, like Hickey the lone freshman in the boys discus, had a best throw of 130-8 which was his first attempt on the day.
He followed with throws of 128-8 and 116-8.
The last of nine throws to make the final flight was 132-11.
Brooks finished 11th overall.
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