The first day of Southwest Regional track and field competition failed to produce a state qualifier for Clinton County.
Wilmington competed in the Division I Southwest Regional at Welcome Stadium while East Clinton’s boys participated in the Division III Southwest Regional at Troy High School.
At Welcome Stadium, the meet had a lengthy delay because of lightning in the Dayton area. Several of the field events were not completed. The girls 3,200-meter run started at approximately 8:45 p.m. The running events were scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.
Jessica Haynie of WHS finished 15th in the discus competition. Her best toss of 82-7 was on her third throw of the meet. She fouled the first two throws.
Haynie came in to the meet having recorded a best of 105-7 at last week’s district meet at Welcome. The fourth place distance in the girls discus on Wednesday was 121-7.
Ryland Bowman qualified to the regional in the 200-meter dash but because of the weather delay his results were not available at press time.
The Div. I meet is scheduled to continue Friday — depending on how the weather delay causes those events not completed Wednesday to be rescheduled. Haynie also qualified for the regional in the shot put, an event expected to start at 5 p.m Friday.
In Troy, East Clinton was able to finish its first day of action.
Thomas Wright was 12th in the discus with a best toss of 122-0. His first throw was 121-8. Wright fouled on his final throw. The fourth place distance was 139-11.
The East Clinton 4×100-meter relay team of Zack Mitchell, Wes Kidder, Patrick Dotson and Anthony Osburn ran 46.65 and finished 13th in the prelims. The eighth place time, which qualifies for Friday’s final heat, was 45.55 seconds.
Kidder also ran in the 300-meter hurdle prelims on Wednesday and finished 14th in 45.25 seconds. The eighth place time was 43.46 seconds.
“I cannot say enough about this senior class,” said EC coach Steve Sodini. “This is the first class that I have coached for four straight years. Their leadership and dedication mean a lot to this program. I was very pleased to see for seniors make it to regional level competition this year. They deserve this type of end to the season. Kidder, Osburn, Wright and Ambrose will be missed next year.”
East Clinton’s Ethan Ambrose will compete in the high jump beginning at 5 p.m. Friday.
“I can’t say enough about the effort and attention to detail that I have seen in Ambrose over the last two weeks,” Sodini said. “There is a spark in his eye that shows me he is ready to get to work.”