NELSONVILLE, Ohio — The track and field postseason is officially under way as qualifying for the Division II district tournament started Tuesday night at Boston Field on the campus of Nelsonville-York High School in Athens County.
Tuesday was mostly about qualifying for Saturday’s finals at NYHS, but a handful of events were decided on Day 1 of the district competition. Four boys finals and three girls finals were held on Tuesday, and Gallia Academy was the only local program to have somebody already qualify for regionals next week.
The Blue Angels captured a regional berth after placing second in the 4x800m relay final. The quartet of Madison Holley, Mesa Polcyn, Mary Watts and Hannah Watts earned runner-up honors with a time of 10:15.20.
The Blue Angels — who have won the last 18 D-2 district team titles — are currently tied with Warren and Alexander for fourth place with eight points. Chesapeake (23) owns a one-point lead over Sheridan (22) through three events, with 14 more finals coming Saturday.
Meigs currently sits tied with Vinton County for 10th with four points and River Valley is tied with South Point for 13th with one point in the girls competition. Neither the Lady Raiders nor the Lady Marauders have a regional qualifier after Day 1.
On the boys side, the GAHS quartet of Isaiah Lester, Blake Wilson, Michael Edelmann and Winston Wade are headed to regionals after placing fourth in the 4x800m relay with a time of 8:25.57.
Logan Allison has also qualified for regionals after bringing home the Blue Devils’ first district championship in the long jump event. Allison posted a winning leap of 22 feet, 2.5 inches in the finals on Tuesday.
GAHS currently sits fourth through four events with 16 points. Sheridan (34) owns a two-point lead on current runner-up Warren (32) through four events, with 13 more finals coming on Saturday.
River Valley currently sits ninth with five points and Meigs is 11th with three points in the boys competition. Neither the Marauders nor the Raiders have a regional qualifier after Day 1.
Complete results of the 2014 District Track and Field Championships at NYHS are available on the web at baumspage.com