LONDONDERRY, Ohio — For eight Meigs County athletes, the Division III Southeast District North meet at Southeastern High School was just a stepping stone to regionals.
On Wednesday and Saturday of last week, six Tornadoes and two Eagles punched their tickets to the Division III Regional meet, as the Southern boys were seventh and the Eastern boys were 12th.
Nelsonville-York won the Division III Southeast District North team title with a score of 123.5, while Wheelersburg was second with a score of 74.5. Belpre and Southeastern tied for third with 62 points apiece. The Tornadoes scored 42 to place in seventh, while the Eagles posted 23 points for 12th place. A total of 17 teams scored in the meet.
The SHS quartet of Larry Dunn, Jason Counts, Joe Morris and Connor Wolfe claimed third in the 4x800m relay with a time of 8:55.19.
Wolfe — a sophomore at Southern — also qualified for two events individually, placing second in the 3200m run with a time of 10:10.25, and third in the 1600m run with a time of 4:39.10.
Southern senior Joe Beegle was third in the discus with a throw of 135-5, and fourth in the shot put with a toss of 43-5.25, advancing to regionals in both events. Also advancing for the Purple and Gold is freshman Tyler Pavich, who was fourth in the 400m dash with a time of 54.64.
Eastern is sending two juniors to regionals in Jett Facemyer and Clayton Ritchie. Facemyer was second in the 800m run with a time of 1:59.98, while Ritchie was fourth in the 300m hurdles with a time of 43.42. The top-two finishers in the 800m run both beat the previous record in the district.
South Gallia did not score in the meet.
The Division III Regional meet will be held at Fairfield Union High School and will take place on Wednesday and Friday.
Complete results of the 2016 Division III Southeast District meet at Southeastern High School can be found on the web at www.baumspage.com
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.