|Crockett Qualifies For State Track Meet|
|Written by Jim Dabbelt|
|Tuesday, 26 June 2012 16:44|
As the Ohio High School State Track Championships get underway this weekend, all local eyes will be on Tecumseh senior Logan Crockett, who will be the lone area participant in the state meet. Crockett will be running in the 300 meter hurdles, after qualifying last weekend in Dayton at the Division One regionals.
Crockett, who ran in the qualfying round and finished second, came back in the finals and finished third overall with a time of 38.64 seconds. With the top four finishers advancing to the state finals, it would be Crockett who would make his plans for Columbus this weekend.
Also in the regionals, Crockett attempted to qualify in his second event, but fell short of trying to advance into the finals in the 110 meter hurdles, finishing ninth in the qualifying round with a time of 15.57.
Several other Tecumseh and Bethel athletes attempted to qualify for the state, but they all fell short of making the top four, which advanced.
Kaitlin Ritter finished seventh in the 1600 meter run, completing the event in 5:26.02. The top four who advances to the state are Sydney Leiher of Beavercreek (5:04.22), Bridget Johnston of St. Ursula (5:08.87), jessica Childers of Northmont (5:09.29) and Lycia Hollon of Springboro (5:16.08).
Also attempting to qualify for the state in the 4x800 meter relay was the team of Taylor Culbertson, Carma Berry, Biteman and Ritter, and their try at the state finals fell short in qualifying, as they finished 14th overall with a time of 10:25.70. The top four teams who advanced to the state are McAuley (9:15.52), Mason (9:20.23), Lebanon (9:20.27) and Wayne, who was fourth with a time of 9:27.11.
The final Tecumseh athlete who was in line to qualify for the state meet was Jordan Bair, who competed in the pole vault. The freshman had a great season advancing to the regionals, but his season ended there with a 9-foot leap and 12th place finish in the event. The four qualifiers for state were Danielle Harding of Fairfield (12-feet, 1-inch), Courtney Ballard of Wayne (10-feet, 9-inches), Sydney Ray of Centerville (10-feet, 9-inches) and Jenny Nelson of Mason (10-feet, 9-inches).
Over at Bethel, they also had a few athletes trying to make that big move to the state finals. They had two that just missed the chance to going to state.
In the 1600 meter run, Kyle Hamlin finished fifth overall with a time of 4:27.53, and was just three seconds shy of the top four, which would have placed him in Columbus. The four who qualified were Kyle Kistinger of Cin. Country Day (4:19.70), Clayton Murphy of Tri Village (4:22.05), Nick McAfee of Georgetown (4:23.31) and Francis Slonkosky of Minster (4:24.34).
Also finishing fifth in the 400 meter dash was Andrew Hurst, with a time of 50.59. Zeke Young from Cedarville won the meet at 48.84, Justin Stewart of Lehman was next at 49.06, then Lane White of Covington (49.43) and Dylan Canan of Bradford at 49.97, just .62 seconds better than Hurst.
Cameron Keough was eleventh in qualifying for the 110 hurdles (16.87), while the 4x400 team of Patrick Bain, Jason Clendening, Hurst and Hamlin was 12th overall in the qualifyer.
Two more Bethel athletes fell short in the field events, as Jacob Tumey was eighth in the high jump, and Maddie Ellerbrock was 12th in the long jump.