It was a day that Tecumseh track coach Mark Holbrook can be very proud of.
His Arrows track team, which several runners on the bubble to qualify for the regionals this week, saw some of the top performances of the season on Friday evening, as six members of the Arrows squad put together outstanding times to advance this tonight’s regional prelims at Welcome Stadium in Dayton.
“It was a good day for us,” Holbrook said. “Gena and Garret were a surprise, but they worked hard all year and they are mentally strong. They fought tonight.”
Jaci Rife was the first Arrows runner to qualify for regionals, as she rebroke her school record in the 100 meter dash, running 12.77 to finish third overall.
She came back in the 400 and again rose to the occasion, as she broke her own school record with a 59.54 to place second overall and advance to the regionals.
Also advancing to the regionals was Brooke Hoffman, who finished second in the 1600 with a time of 5:31, setting her up to run Friday night.
Garret Gemmaka, only a sophomore, placed third overall in the 1600 meter run, as he ran a time of 4:31.66 to place in the regionals on Friday.
Kenyon Watson also ran a solid time in the 400, as he ran a 50.55 to place third overall to advance,
Two more members of the girls’ team put together solid times to qualify for this week, as Kylee Mastin finished third in the 800 as the freshman ran 2:22.94 to advance, as did Gena Diller in the 3200, as she placed fourth overall.
The 4x4 girls team also set a school record, but it wasn’t quite enough. They finished fifth.
“We ran seven seconds faster than we did in the prelims,” Holbrook said. “I could tell we were running fast, we were just not good enough.”
Heading into regionals. Holbrook has a goal for his kids.
“There are four distircts that come to regionals. The top four kids in each event go to state, but top eight get on the podium. We would like to get the kids onto the podium.”
*In the Division 2 Districts at Graham on Saturday, Northwestern and Greenon both competed for a chance to move onto the regionals this week.
Derek Brown advanced in the boys 100 meter dash, as the Greenon junior ran 11.50 to place fourth overall, just finishing among the regional qualifiers. He was the lone Knight athlete to qualify for the regionals.
Also advancing to the regional meet this week is Northwestern senior Justin Prack, as he ran a 4:25.45 in the 1600 meter run to finish second overall.
Prack came back in the boys 800 meter run to place third overall with a time of 1:58.56 to qualify in a second event this week at regionals.
Northwestern sophomore Adam Riedinger easily won the shotput district title, throwing 55-8.5 to advance to the regionals. He came back in the discus and also won that event with a toss of 163-4. His teammate Blake Jamison placed fourth to qualify with a throw of 142-7.
Also advancing to the regionals in the high jump was Landon Burns with a fourth place finish of 6-foot.
*Bethel also competed on Saturday in the Division Three Districts. The girls finished in 13th with 14 points and the boys finished in 14th in 21 points.
The Girls 4x2 team finished in seventh in a time of 1:57.08. The team consisted of Brooklyn Smith, Emily Johnson, Sophia Yarwick and Rachel Larsen. The girls 4x4 team finished in eighth in a time of 4:50.31. The team consisted of Kayla Grable, Makenzie Hoeferlin, Kaitlyn Balkcom and Larsen.
Grable finished in seventh place in the long jump with a jump of 14’ 10”. Brielle Gatrell was fifth in the high jump with a jump of 4’ 10”.
Balkcom was 6th in the 1600 in a time of 5:53.13.
For the boys Korry Hamlin finished in second in the 1600 in a time of 4:36.86. He then went on to defend his 3200 title by winning in a time of 10:12.20. The 4x4 relay team of Wyatt Leet, Colton Smith, Keaton Smith and Garrett Gatrell finished in 8th in a time of 3:56.29.
Hamlin qualified in the 1600 and 3200 for regionals Friday at Troy Stadium.