Local athletes punched their tickets to state during the opening day of regional track and field action on Wednesday and Thursday.
In the Division II Piqua Regional on Thursday, Wauseon’s 4×800 meter relay team of Aaron Beck, Owen Newlove, Michael Cheezan and Kyle Vernot placed third and advanced to state with a time of 8:18.04.
Also competing for the Indians was Kyle Zirkle in the shot put. He just missed on advancing, placing fifth with a throw of 138 feet, 2 inches.
Jonny Shanks of Swanton placed fifth in the long jump but did not advance. He had a leap of 21 feet, 11 and 1/2 inches, while Mykal Bright of Indian Hill took fourth with a jump of 21 feet, 11 and 3/4 inches.
At the Division III Tiffin Regional Wednesday, Pettisville’s 4×800 team of Elizabeth Sauder, Nichole Foor, Morgan Leppelmeier and Alexa Leppelmeier won with a time of 9:27.78.
Archbold’s boys 4×800 of Jack Fisher, Daniel Nieves, Logan Garrow and Caden Garrow finished fifth at 8:22.05, one spot away from state. Also for the Streaks, Nick Waidelich took 10th in the long jump (19-11.25) and Isaiah Esquibel tied for seventh in the pole vault (12-6).
In the girls high jump at Tiffin, Julia Smith of Swanton placed third and advanced after clearing 5 feet, 4 inches. Archbold’s Macey Rupp took fifth (5-3), Kelsey Fruchey of Fayette came in a three-way tie for ninth (4-10), and Shylo Richardson of Archbold placed 12th (4-8).
Neither Mary Miller of Delta or Sidney Taylor of Swanton could place high enough to qualify in the girls shot put. Miller placed 12th (32-10.25) and Taylor took 15th (32-0.75).
The rest of the results from the regional meets this weekend can be found online at fcnews.org.