McFarland, Long, Besecker, Lehman relay advance to state


TROY — Lehman Catholic pole vaulter Katie McFarland soared to new heights Friday night at the Troy D-III regional.

The junior smashed the regional record, clearing 12-7 to win the title and advance on to the state meet.

She also teamed with Mara O’Leary, Caroline Wesner and Kailee Rank to finish third in the 400-meter relay in 51.01 and advance.

Wesner finished second in the long jump in 17-6 3-4 to advance to state.

Covington had two athletes get automatic berths to the state meet.

Asher Long took second in the boys 3,200, 9:31.84 and Carlie Besecker took fourth in the girls 400, 59.74.


PIQUA— Three individuals and a relay team received automatic berths at the Piqua D-II regional.

On Thursday, Milton-Union’s Blake Brumbaugh took fourth in the long jump, 21-8 1-4 and Miami East’s AJ Ary took fourth in the pole vault, 13-0.

On Saturday, Milton-Union’s Payton Mayfield took fourth in the 200-meter dash, 22.30 and the Miami East 1,600 relay (Dylan Barnes, Clark Bennett, Drake Bennett, Gabe Catchcart), took fourth, 3:28.51.

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