Highland track and field senior Juliette Laracuente-Huebner won all four events she participated in during the Division II regional meet hosted by Lexington on Thursday and Saturday to led her team to a fifth-place finish with 40 points.
Laracuente-Huebner picked up her first regional championship on Thursday when she cleared 5’5” to take first place in the high jump. Also that day, she advanced through the prelims to the finals in the 100 hurdles and 200.
On Saturday, she would then win the long jump with an effort of 19’2.75”, the 100 hurdles in 14.29 and the 200 in 24.68 to put the finishing touches on a very successful weekend.
Alexis Eusey nearly placed in the shot put. She advanced to the finals in that event, but wound up ninth with a top effort of 35’8.25”. Lauren Garber was 10th in the 1600 with a time of 5:51.47 and also teamed with Camryn Miller, Mackenzie Blubaugh and Isabelle Arnett-Tomasek to take 14th in the 3200-meter relay in 10:48.5.
The boys’ team tallied four points to tie for 32nd place. Their 3200-meter relay team of Grath Garee, Hunter Bolton, Joel Roberts and Zane Sheets took seventh place in 8:24.52. Bolton also was eighth in the 800, finishing in 2:00.64, while Kieran Taylor cleared 13’ in taking eighth in the pole vault.
The team’s 1600-meter relay team of Garee, Bolton, Toby Rogers and Gavin Hankins didn’t advance to the finals of that event, running their preliminary heat in 3:34.5. Rogers also competed in the prelims of the 110 hurdles (17.46) and 300 hurdles (44.21). Also, Joel Roberts cleared 5’10” for 10th in the high jump, while Matthew Miller ran 12th in the 3200 with a time of 10:32.76.
Division III regional
The Mount Gilead boys’ track team tallied 33 points to finish fourth in the Heath Division III track and field regional.
The team advanced a number of distance runners to the state meet. Their 3200-meter relay team of Aaron Gannon, Owen Hershner, Parker Bartlett and Will Baker won that race in 8:17.24. Baker would also place second in the 1600 in 4:22.41 and third in the 3200 with a time of 9:38.75. Gannon also moved on in the 800, where he took fourth place in 1:59.29.
Bartlett also placed sixth in the 3200 with a time of 9:43.34. The team’s 800-meter relay of Abram Shonk, Quade Harris, Owen High and Matthew Bland ran eighth in 1:36.23 to also score points.
High also competed in the high jump. He finished ninth after clearing 5’10”. Harris ran in the prelims of the 200 and finished in 23.14, as did Jonathan Miller in the 400. His time was 55.94. High, Harris, Shonk and Bland also ran in the prelims of the 400-meter relay, where they had a time of 45.53.
Northmor’s boys were sixth in the meet with 26 points. The team’s 1600-meter relay team finished second to make it to the state meet. Cowin Becker, Lucas Weaver, Connor Radojcsics and Bo Landin finished that race in 3:26.22. Radojcsics also moved on in the pole vault. There, he placed fourth by clearing 13’.
The team also had a pair of near misses. The 3200-meter relay team of Ryan Lehman, Lucas Weaver, David Blunk and Griffin Healea took fifth place in 8:26.82. Weaver also placed fifth in the 800 with a time of 2:00.18.
Becker finished sixth in the long jump with a top leap of 21’. Cade Miracle placed seventh in the pole vault at 11’6”. Landon also competed in the prelims of the 200, where his time was 23.53. He also teamed with Ethan Amens, Radojcsics and Becker in the prelims of the 800-meter relay. Their time was 1:35.14.
In the girls’ meet, Northmor had one state qualifier. The Golden Knights tied for 26th place with five points. Natalie Hunter participated in the pole vault, where she earned fourth place after clearing 10’.
Mount Gilead tied for 37th with two points. Scoring for the team was their 800-meter relay of Grace Shipman, Claudia Hernando-Montes, Faith White and Danielle Pohlkotte, who was seventh with a time of 1:51.15.
Mikala Harris finished 13th in the discus with a top effort of 100’7”. Several other athletes competed in the prelims. Madilyn Elson ran the 100 in 13.07 and the 400 in 1:03.03. Rebeka Clark finished the 100 hurdles in 17.19. Also, the 400-meter relay team of Shipman, Natalie Waugh, White and Pohlkotte ran its heat in 53.44.
Cardington had one point to tie for 40th place. Loey Hallabrin took eighth place in the 800 with a time of 2:23.16. Also competing was Sage Whetnall, who ran 52.62 in the prelims of the 300 hurdles.
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