DAYTON – Butler senior Austin Whisman had not one, but two races to run on Friday.
After qualifying for Regional finals in the 400 meter dash on Wednesday, Whisman and Butler track coach Greg Bergman knew it would be a close call getting Whisman back to the Butler SAC for another important event on Friday – his high school graduation ceremony.
“We told everyone from the Superintendent on down to take things slowly,” said Bergman. “Austin wanted to walk in his normal spot is possible.”
Austin won that race as he made it back to Butler when the last names beginning with ‘P’ were being called. He also ran a tremendous race in the Regional finals to finish sixth in a time of 51.194 seconds.
Butler’s other qualifying boys team placed 14th in the 4×800 meter relay. Caleb Colon, Long-fa Lin, Gabe Warren, and Kyle Wertz ran in a time of 8:21.24.
Lady Aviators Regional results
The Lady Aviator qualifiers ended their higly successful season at the Regional meet.
The 4×800 meter relay team of Olivia Schoenherr, Abbie Schoenherr, Victoria Theobald, and Corina Kreill were 12th in a time of 10:03.75.
Olivia Schoenherr placed 10th in the 800 meter run in 2:24.56 while the younger Schoenherr, Abbie, placed 13th in 2:34.44.
Abbie also placed 15th in the 1600 meter run in 5:36.86.
In hurdles, Natalie Thompson just missed qualifying for finals with a 10th place finish in preliminaries in 16.40 seconds. Kreill was 11th in the 300 meter hurdles prelims in a time of 48.26 seconds.
Kreill was 15th in the high jump by clearing 4-10.
The Lady Aviators also placed 14th in the 4×400 meter relay as Sydney Baker, Isabella Anene, Olivia Schoenherr, and Kreill were 14th in preliminaries in 4:12.51.
Sarah Hickle did not finish in the 3200 meter run.
Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.