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Area athletes advance to state meet

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June 1, 2013

PDT Sports Report


Waverly senior and future Ohio State thrower Dylan Dyke headlines the list of area athletes to advance to next week’s state track and field meet at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium after action concluded Saturday.


Dyke won the Division II Regional at Athens High School in shot put with a mark of 61-01.5 and finished second in the discus with a throw of 167-03. He is the defending Division II State Champion in the shot put after last year’s 60-11.5 heave and his throw of 163-06 in the discus put him in fifth in the same meet.


Minford will be represented in the boys Division II meet in two events as Kenton Gullion will be in the high jump while the team of Chris McCallister, Zach Farrar, Grant Piguet and Sean Berry will compete in the 400-meter relay. Gullion finished third in the regional with a jump of 6-03. The relay team ran a time of 44.13, good enough for third in the regional.


Rounding out the local athletes in Division II will be Piketon’s Kane Dixon in the 800 run. He finished third in his final with a time of 1:57.41.


Scioto County will have three athletes compete on the Division III level. Ross Pyles and Zach Jenkins will compete for Wheelersburg while Valley will send Matt Hodge.


Pyles squeaked into the discus competition after his throw of 142-10 earned him the fourth and final spot out of the Division III Regional held at Fairfield Union High School. Jenkins finished as the regional runner-up in the long jump after he finished with a leap of 20-03.5 as his best try.


Hodge qualified for the state meet in the 110 hurdles after finishing with a time of 14.52, good enough for third. Last year, he ran a 40.32 in the 300 hurdles, which put him in sixth place in the state.


Dixon is the only other area athlete to make a return trip to Columbus. Last year, he joined Seth Farmer, Austin Buchanan and Josh Cornett in the 3200 relay as they were 15th with a time of 8:28.05.


The OHSAA State Track and Field Meet will take place June 7-8 on the campus of The Ohio State University. The full schedule of every event can be accessed on the track and field page on the OHSAA site and full results of the 2013 Regionals are located on Baum’s Page.