Day One of the Regional Championships in Lexington ended much like last week’s District meet, with the Tigers advancing all 8 events to Saturday’s finals.
Senior, Hunter Garbe started off the impressive night of performances by qualifying for the 100H final by running a 15.71 to put her in the 2nd seeded position going into the finals, where the top 4 spots advance to the State Championships next weekend. Garbe will look to punch her first ever State qualifying ticket in that event on Saturday. Junior, Jimmy Harkelroad followed that up with a lifetime best FAT (Fully Automatic Timing) performance in the 110H, coming across the finish line with a time of 15.10 and good enough to secure a 3rd place seeding for the finals. Harkelroad will look to improve upon last year’s performance, where he claimed the Regional runner-up spot in the same event.
Next up was the girls 4x200m relay squad of Bridgette Gerber-Winschel, Virginia Spitzley, Hunter Garbe, and Isabella Cozzie, who ran another season best time of 1:47.54, earning a spot in the finals and a chance to move on to Columbus. The same group made a quick turnaround for the 4x100m relay and all they did was break their own school record for an unbelievable 4th time this season, crossing the line and securing a spot in the finals with a time of 50.21.
Garbe then set her sights on the 300H, qualifying for the finals and running back-to-back sub-47 second races (46.74) for the first time since last year’s Regional Championships. The sensational senior will look to advance to the State meet in all 4 events that she competed in tonight (100H, 300H, 4×100, 4×200). Not to be outdone by his hurdle teammate, Jimmy Harkelroad smashed his lifetime best in the 300H, running a number one seeded time of 38.05, just one hundredth of a second away from the school record. Harkelroad looks to defend his Regional title from last year and reserve a spot in Columbus for the second straight year, where he made podium by placing 8th at the State meet.
In the final event of the evening, the girls and boys teams both competed in the 4x400m relays, and both qualifed for the finals on Saturday. The girls squad of Maggie Golling, Sienna Andres (PR 102.95), Isabella Cozzie, and Virginia Spitzley secured the last spot for the final, running a 4:12.87, followed by the boys team of Richie Delaney (PR 52.14), Luke Wood, Caden Monak (PR 51.94), and Jimmy Harkelroad (PR 48.70), who set another season best of 3:25.70 to lock up the number one seed going into the finals.
All 10 athletes that competed tonight qualified for Saturday’s finals, and Seniors Grace Moser (1600m) and Kylie Obergefell (pole vault) will look to finish in the top 4 and advance to State.
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