In what was a very long and rain delayed first day at the State Track and Field Championships, there were a few spots of sunshine on the track for the Tigers.
Hunter Garbe closed the book on a stellar high school career, as she finished 17th overall in the 100H, and just barely missed the 300H final by one spot, finishing 10th overall in the state for that event with a season best time of 46.31. Garbe ends her high school career as a four time State qualifier (once in the 100H, three times in the 300H), a three time SBC Champion in the 100H/300H, and an eight time school record holder (five time in the 4x100m relay, three times in the 100H). She will continue her running career as she intends to walk-on at Kent State University and further her athletic pursuits.
On the boys side, Jimmy Harkelroad secured a spot in the 110H finals, running a 15.05 and giving himself a chance to make the podium by finishing in the top 8. After what ended up being an almost three hour weather delay, Harkelroad captured the number two seed going into the 300H finals, winning his heat easily with a time of 38.27. Last season as a sophomore, Jimmy finished on the podium in 8th place, and will look to improve on his performance going into tomorrow’s finals. In the final event of the day for Division 2, the 4x400m relay squad of Richie Delaney, Luke Wood, Caden Monak, and Jimmy Harkelroad qualified for Saturday’s final, claiming the last spot to get in with a time of 3:25.63. It was the first time ever running at the State meet for Delaney, Wood, and Monak, and they will be seeking some redemption for the last race of the season.
Tomorrow, Senior Kylie Obergefell will take to the pole vault runway one last time, seeking to claim a spot on the podium to finish out a great career.
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