DAYTON – The Wauseon boys track and field team, led by Ethan Baker who advanced to state in a pair of events, finished with 27 points and tied for sixth with Bryan at the Division II Dayton Regional held at Perc Welcome Stadium last week.
Toledo Central Catholic won the boys team title while Alter took home the girls title.
Kallie Strauss qualified for state in the shot put for the Wauseon girls who finished 36th as a team. She placed fourth with a top throw of 37-feet-3-and-one quarter inches.
For the Indian boys, Baker finished runner-up to Napoleon’s Sam Meece in the discus. Baker’s best throw was 157-feet-9 inches. He also took fourth in the shot put with a throw of 50-feet-6-and-one half inches.
Kyle Vernot added a fourth place finish in the 1600 meter run to advance for Wauseon.
The Wauseon boys nearly qualified in the 4×800 meter relay as their team of Aaron Beck, Christian Suarez, Caleb Blanchong and Vernot took fifth with a time of 8:16.88.
The Swanton boys notched 10 points to tie for 24th in the team standings.
At the forefront for the Bulldogs was Gunnar Oakes who won the high jump after clearing 6-feet-5 inches, edging out Jacob Meader of Goshen who cleared 6-feet-4 inches. It will be Oakes’ second straight trip to state as he finished 11th in 2015.
Austin Bachman of Wauseon cleared 6-feet to place ninth. He also jumped 21-feet-1-and-one half inches to take sixth in the long jump. Swanton’s Jonny Shanks placed 10th in the long jump.
The state meet is this Friday and Saturday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.
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