RUSHVILLE, Ohio — The Eastern track and field team went a perfect 4-for-4 in terms of podium finishes on Friday, but EHS was just 1-for-3 in its quest for three-peats.
On the second day for the Region 11 championships at Fairfield Union High School, Jett Facemyer, Alia Hayes, Jessica Cook and Ally Durst each finished on the podium, but only Facemyer earned a trip to the state meet.
Facemyer claimed a top-4 finish, earning his third straight to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in the 800m run. On Friday, Jett’s time of 1:59.75 placed him fourth, with less than a second separating him from both third place and fifth place. This is Facemyer’s fastest regional time of his three state qualifying runs.
Hayes — who, on Wednesday qualified for the state in the shot put — fell short in her quest for a third straight trip in the discus throw. Hayes placed fifth with a throw of 118 feet, 9 inches, just 4 feet, 8 inches shy of the final qualifying spot.
Cook — a junior with two previous state tournament appearances — placed seventh for the Lady Eagles in the 800m run, turning in a time of 2:25.05. Cook was 8.72 seconds off the pace and 7.21 away from the final state qualifying mark.
Durst placed 8th in the 1600m run at the regional meet last year and bettered that performance by one spot and 3.25 seconds on Friday. The EHS sophomore claimed seventh with a time of 5:38.13, an even 10 seconds away from the final qualifying spot.
The Lady Eagles — who held a slim lead after Wednesday’s competition — finished with a team total of 21, placing them tied for 13th. Facemyer was responsible for all five of the Eagles’ points, placing EHS tied for 29th in the boys standings.
Pleasant was the girls Region 11 champion, with a total of 45. St. Paul was second with 42.5, while Fairfield Christian was third with 42. Grandview Heights won the boys team title with a total of 71. Just two points back, Mount Gilead was second, while Columbus Academy placed third with 53.
Facemyer advances to the 800m run at 10:55 a.m. on Saturday morning at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Hayes (shot put) and Laura Pullins (high jump) will both compete at 4 p.m. on Friday.
Complete results of the Region 11 championships at Fairfield Union High School can be found on the web at www.baumspage.com
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.