LEXINGTON — Marisa Gwinner was Galion’s star on Day 1 of the Division II Region VI track and field meet in Lexington Thursday.
Gwinner advanced to the state track meet next week in Columbus by winning the regional high jump title. She cleared 5’5” to defeat runner-up, Peyton Bloomer from Oak Harbor (5’4”). Gwinner was runner-up at the 2016 regional meet and champion in 2015, her freshman season. Teammate Kerrigan Myers finished in seventh after clearing 5’1”.
“It feels good to have it back again,” said Gwinner. “The weather didn’t really help, but going forward I’m hitting 5’7”. This region is where the state champion or runner-up usually comes from.”
Weather conditions were far from kind, but did not stop the Galion Tigers track team members from displaying their skills throughout field events and preliminaries in many running events.
Zhamir Anderson was competing in the long jump for Galion and finished the day in 15th with a jump of 19’9.75”. Bri Streib was the other field event competitor for Galion and finished 15th as well with a throw of 33’9.25”.
In the hurdles events, the Tigers had just one regional qualifier in Colin McCullough. McCullough crossed the finish line 15.08 seconds in the 110-meter high hurdles, the third fastest time in the event to advance to the finals on Saturday. Colin finished with the fastest qualifying time in the 300-meter hurdles, 38.55, to advance in that event as well.
Galion’s other individual runner on Thursday was junior Harrison Ivy. Ivy had the third fastest time in the 400-meter dash to qualify for the finals at 50.16.
The other runners competing for Galion at Lexington on Thursday were all part of relay teams.
Takoda Crisman, Caleb and Harrison Ivy and McCullough finished the 4×200-meter relay preliminaries with the fastest time, 1:30.39 to edge Ontario (1:31.23). Colbey Fox, Crisman, McCullough and Harrison Ivy teamed up in the 4×400 relay and qualified for the finals with the second fastest time behind Lexington at 3:24.80. The Minutemen finished first in a time of 3:23.30.
For the Lady Tigers in the 4×100-meter relay, the foursome of Oswald, Myers, Gwinner and Kylie Redman qualified for Saturday’s action with the third fastest time of the day at 50.78. Competition in this event was incredibly close as the second place finisher, Perkins, finished in 50.66 and first place Eastwood in 50.18.
The remainder of the field events and the finals in all other events will be held at Lexington High School on Saturday May 27. Field events will begin at 11:30 am and the track events are set to begin at 12:30 pm.
Please check out Twitter for up-to-date distances, times, etc. as the remainder of the meet will take place after the Galion Inquirer’s Friday deadline.
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