It was a successful day in track and field for Clinton County athletes Thursday in district competition at two sites.
At New Richmond High School, Blanchester and Clinton-Massie boys competed in the Div. II New Richmond District A Track and Field Championship.
Blanchester junior Joey Holcomb took home a pair of district championships in the shot put and discus. Holcomb had a 137-4 best in the discus and a 50-2.25 heave in the shot put.
Clinton-Massie’s Isaac Green was sixth in the shot put (38-9.5).
Holcomb will head to next week’s Region 8 meet at Welcome Stadium as one of the favorites to advance to the state meet in Columbus.
Clinton-Massie advanced a trio of athletes to the Region 8 meet. Bailey Leforge of CMHS went 20-2 in the long jump and finished second overall.
Bryson Mills cleared 11-6 in the pole vault and finished third overall. Teammate Chris Demler went 5-10 and placed fourth in the high jump.
The top four in each event advance to the Region 8 meet.
The district meet at New Richmond continues Saturday with running event finals.
At the Div. II Dayton District Track and Field Championship at Welcome Stadium, Clinton-Massie’s Jocelyn Burton had a personal best effort of 106-1 and finished atop the field in the girls discus.
Blanchester’s Morgan Deless was fourth in the discus (99-6) and advanced to the Region 8 meet. Regan Ostermeier was two inches behind in fifth.
The Blanchester girls 4×800-meter relay team broke its own school record with a run of 10:21.24. The foursome of Mckenzie Hamm, Savannah Rhodes and Gundler sisters Emma and Olivia finished third in the eight-lap event.
Girls qualifying to Saturday’s running finals are Massie’s Mallory Homan sixth in the 100-meter dash 13.23; Sidney Avey fifth in the 300-meter hurdles in 51.25 and three relay teams — 4×200-meters sixth in 1:52.09, 4×100-meters third in 51.66 and 4×400-meters eighth in 4:49.34.
Preslee Rolf, Courtney Gibson, Rachel Avery and Homan were on both the 4×200 and 4×100 relays. The 4×400 team was made up of Kelsi Frump, AJ Houseman, Alana Smith and Avey.
Blanchester girls to qualify for the Saturday finals were Emma Gundler sixth in the 400-meter dash in 64.2, Asia Baldwin seventh in the 200-meter dash in 27.32 and the 4×400-meter relay sixth in 4:25.89. Relay members were Hamm, Gundler and Gundler, and Baldwin.
Reach Mark Huber at 937-556-5765, or on Twitter @wnjsports