Martin, Kleinhenz play waiting game at D-I regional track and field meet; Lehman Catholic’s McFarland, Lee qualify for state in D-III

HUBER HEIGHTS — Troy junior pole vaulter Ethan Martin and senior long jumper Jack Kleinheinz had plenty to smile about on the opening night of the Division I regional meet at Wayne High School.

And soon, they could have a lot more to smile about.

Both are playing the waiting game to see if they made it to next week’s state track and field meet.

The top four finishers in events automatically qualify for the state meet.

There are two additional wild-card qualifiers, bases on times, heights or distances from all four regionals across the state.

Martin finished fifth in the pole vault, clearing 13-8..

“They told me there is a chance I could get in (to state),” Martin said. “I know I beat the fifth-place finisher in the Columbus regional. I don’t know about the other two regionals. Either way, whether I make it or not — I am really happy with the way I vaulted.”

Martin got 13-4 on his second attempt, then cleared 13-8 on his final attempt to get into the top five.

It continued a breakout year for Martin, that began at the indoor meet in March.

“I would say 3 feet eighth inches over last year’s PR is pretty good,” Martin said. “I got a PR tonight. I am happy with that.”

Kleinhenz also had a PR, finishing sixth in the long jump with a distance of 21-11 3-4.

“I feel really good about everything,” Kleinhenz said. “I got a PR tonight. I was only sprinter on the boys team to make it to regionals. This was a great experience tonight.”

Now, he too will play the waiting game.

“Two of the other three regionals have been posted and I beat them (the fifth-place finishers),” Kleinheinz said. “I need to beat the fifth place finisher in the other regional to make it to state. I will probably be refreshing (his phone) all night until the results are posted.”

In the boys discus, Troy’s Devon Strobel finished 10th with a distance of 135-1.

In the girls high jump, Josie Kleinheinz finished 16th clearing 5-8.

Troy’s Kiyah Baker was 13th in the girls shot put with a distance of 32-10, while Madison Harkins fouled on all three puts.

For Tippecanoe, Oliver Murray finished sixth in the pole vault, clearing 13-4 and Zach Butera finished 11th in the high jump, going 20-7.

The 3,200 relay was the only running event final contested Wednesday.

In the boys 3,200 relay, Tippecanoe finished 14th in 8:24.70.

In the girls 3,200 relay, Tippecanoe was ninth in 9:45.84 and Troy was 14th in 10:12.13.

Not many of the running event prelims were held to due to the storms that went through the area.

Only the boys 110 hurdles, girls 100 hurdles and girls 100 were held.

Due to that the schedule has changed for Friday night.

Field events will start at 4 p.m. and running events will begin at 5:30 p.m.

In the events where prelims were not held, there will be two heats with the top four times being the automatic qualifiers to state.

In the boys 110 hurdles, Tippecanoe’s Gavin Garlitz qualified to finals with the seventh fastest time, 15.02.

In the girls 100 hurdles, Tippecanoe’s Kelsey McClurg advanced with the eighth fastest time, 15.18.

In the girls 100, Camilla Nicholas advanced with the third fastest time, 11.965.

TROY D-III

Lehman Catholic had two qualifiers for the state meet at the Troy D-III regional Wednesday.

In the boys discus, Michael McFarland finished second with a throw of 158-2.

In the girls high jump, Daria Lee finished second with a jump of 5-4.

Storms also stopped the Troy meet early, with just three events of prelims for the boys and girls completed.

Lehman had two qualifiers to Friday’s finals.

Kiersten Franklin had the fastest time in the 100, 12.20 and the Lehman girls 800 relay team had the fastest time of 1:48.66.

The remaining field events and running events will be contested Friday.