Five Aviators headed to State Track & Field, more hopeful Friday


By Darrell Wacker - dwacker@aimmediamidwest.com



Shi’Ann Storer hands off to Rachel Redmond during the 4x800 meter relay at the OHSAA Dayton Regional Track and Field meet at Wayne High School.

Shi’Ann Storer hands off to Rachel Redmond during the 4x800 meter relay at the OHSAA Dayton Regional Track and Field meet at Wayne High School.


Photo by Darrell Wacker | AIM Media Midwest

Rachel Redmond hands off to Grace Marshall during the 4x100 meter relay at the OHSAA Dayton Regional Track and Field meet at Wayne High School.


Photo by Darrell Wacker | AIM Media Midwest

Daiton Sharp tied the Regional record in the high jump at 23 feet, 11 inches to win the event and qualify for State.


Photo by Darrell Wacker | AIM Media Midwest

Dalton Shepler makes an attempt in the pole vault competition at the OHSAA Dayton Regional Track and Field meet at Wayne High School.


Photo by Darrell Wacker | AIM Media Midwest

Tyree Fletcher runs in the 300 meter hurdles at the OHSAA Dayton Regional Track and Field meet at Wayne High School.


Photo by Darrell Wacker | AIM Media Midwest

Long Lin, Kyle Wertz, Gabe Warren, and Adam Gunkel qualified for State in the 4x800 meter relay at the OHSAA Dayton Regional Track and Field meet at Wayne High School.


Photo by Darrell Wacker | AIM Media Midwest

HUBER HEIGHTS — Five Butler Aviators are State-bound after competing at the OHSAA Dayton Regional Track and Field Meet being held at Wayne High School.

Butler’s Daiton Sharp tied the Regional Record of 23 feet, 11 inches on his last attempt in the long jump to win the event and qualify for State.

The Aviators also qualified in the 4×800 meter relay as Kyle Wertz, Adam Gunkel, Long Fa Lin, and Gabe Warren placed fourth in a time of 8:02.74. The top four finishers in each event qualify for State.

Butler distance coach Andy White was pleased with the relay team’s performance, especially considering they were the ninth fastest qualifying team coming in to Regional.

“I knew we would run well, because this group always runs well,” said White. “The bigger the race the more they step up. I knew we could run around eight minutes, I knew we would run well, but I didn’t know if we had the horses to get us in the top four. They ran the race plan perfectly, we never got out of the top four. They were coming for us but we had enough of a lead (over fifth) that we held them on.

“I’ve taken a lot of relay teams to State, but this one is really sweet because I never saw us getting out (to State) my goal was to reach the podium.”

Butler’s State qualifiers will compete in the OHSAA State Track and Field meet Friday and Saturday, June 1-2.

The 4×800 meter finals will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday while Sharp will compete in the long jump at noon on Saturday.

Running finals will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Shi’Ann Storer hands off to Rachel Redmond during the 4×800 meter relay at the OHSAA Dayton Regional Track and Field meet at Wayne High School.
https://www.vandaliadrummernews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2018/05/web1_B-4×8-relay-1.jpgShi’Ann Storer hands off to Rachel Redmond during the 4×800 meter relay at the OHSAA Dayton Regional Track and Field meet at Wayne High School. Photo by Darrell Wacker | AIM Media Midwest

Rachel Redmond hands off to Grace Marshall during the 4×100 meter relay at the OHSAA Dayton Regional Track and Field meet at Wayne High School.
https://www.vandaliadrummernews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2018/05/web1_B-4×100-relay-1.jpgRachel Redmond hands off to Grace Marshall during the 4×100 meter relay at the OHSAA Dayton Regional Track and Field meet at Wayne High School. Photo by Darrell Wacker | AIM Media Midwest

Daiton Sharp tied the Regional record in the high jump at 23 feet, 11 inches to win the event and qualify for State.
https://www.vandaliadrummernews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2018/05/web1_B-Daiton-Sharp-LJ-1.jpgDaiton Sharp tied the Regional record in the high jump at 23 feet, 11 inches to win the event and qualify for State. Photo by Darrell Wacker | AIM Media Midwest

Dalton Shepler makes an attempt in the pole vault competition at the OHSAA Dayton Regional Track and Field meet at Wayne High School.
https://www.vandaliadrummernews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2018/05/web1_B-Dalton-Shepler-PV-1.jpgDalton Shepler makes an attempt in the pole vault competition at the OHSAA Dayton Regional Track and Field meet at Wayne High School. Photo by Darrell Wacker | AIM Media Midwest

Tyree Fletcher runs in the 300 meter hurdles at the OHSAA Dayton Regional Track and Field meet at Wayne High School.
https://www.vandaliadrummernews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2018/05/web1_B-Fletcher-300H-1.jpgTyree Fletcher runs in the 300 meter hurdles at the OHSAA Dayton Regional Track and Field meet at Wayne High School. Photo by Darrell Wacker | AIM Media Midwest

Long Lin, Kyle Wertz, Gabe Warren, and Adam Gunkel qualified for State in the 4×800 meter relay at the OHSAA Dayton Regional Track and Field meet at Wayne High School.
https://www.vandaliadrummernews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2018/05/web1_B-4×800-Boys-1.jpgLong Lin, Kyle Wertz, Gabe Warren, and Adam Gunkel qualified for State in the 4×800 meter relay at the OHSAA Dayton Regional Track and Field meet at Wayne High School. Photo by Darrell Wacker | AIM Media Midwest

By Darrell Wacker

dwacker@aimmediamidwest.com

Reach Darrell Wacker at (937) 684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.

Reach Darrell Wacker at (937) 684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.