LANCASTER — After the first day of Division III, Region XI track and field meet at Fairfield Union High School, Northmor’s track and field squads had already punched to automatic bids to the 2018 State Track and Field Championships set for this Friday and Saturday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, located on the campus of The Ohio State University.
Both of those bids for the boys team came in the form of two regional champions.
In the pole vault, Tony Martinez continued to see his name atop the standings, claiming the championship and a state berth by clearing 12-feet, 9-inches. Demetrious “Meechie” Johnson is headed to his fourth straight long jump competition at the state meet, and he did so by setting a new regional record with a bound of 22’6¼”. Johnson will be looking for his third Division III state long jump title this coming weekend.
Johnson also was part of the three Northmor relay teams that had qualified for the finals which were held back on Friday, May 25.
In the 4×200-meter relay, Johnson, Drew Zoll, Adam Petulla and Conan Becker advanced with a preliminary time of 1:31.85. On Friday, that Golden Knights foursome punched their ticket to state by winning the event, earning the championship in a time of 1:31.02.
That same foursome also qualified for finals in the 4×100-meter relay, clocking in at 44.27 seconds. Johnson, Zoll, Petulla and Becker would have to settle for runner-up honors in the 4×100, earning the trip to state and second place with a time of 43.91 seconds.
In the final qualifying event of the day Wednesday, the 4×400-meter team of Johnson, Zoll, Alec Moore and Petulla qualified with a time of 3:33.51 but would not make it onward to the state meet after finishing seventh in Fridays finals with a time of 3:32.43.
Becker qualified for Friday’s finals in the 100-meter dash (11.34 seconds) and the 200-meter dash (22.94) but would not make it to the state meet in the individual events after finising fifth in the 100 (11.18 seconds) and sixth in the 200 (22.69). He will graduate as the school record holder for Northmor in both events.
Northmor’s first action at the state meet will take place on Friday at 10:40 a.m. with qualifying for the 4×200-relay. Immediately following that, at approximately 10:55, the Knights will be in qualifying action in the 4×100. Meechie and Martinez will head to their field events at 4 p.m. on Friday as well.
Joining the two relay teams and the two individual competitors at state for Northmor is the lone Lady Golden Knights state qualifier in the likes of Hope Miracle.
Miracle, who is on her way to Ashland University in the fall, will be in action in the pole vault on Friday at 1 p.m. Miracle will be representing the Golden Knights after clearing 10-feet, 6-inches at the regional meet and earning a third place finish in the field.
With the state meet beginning on Friday and concluding on Saturday afternoon, final results will not be made available in print until the Wednesday, June 6 edition of the Galion Inquirer. I will be updating my Twitter (@GalionSportsGuy) from the meet on both days with results from the Northmor qualifiers as well as the qualifiers from Galion and Colonel Crawford.