The Minster boys and girls 3200 meter relay teams both won regional titles to highlight the first day of competition at the Division III regional track meet at Piqua on Wednesday.
Both will advance to the state championships next week at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.
Marion Local leads the girls standings after the first day with 14 points. Minster is third.
The Minster boys are atop the boys standings with 27.5 points after the first day.
The Minster girls 3200 meter relay team of freshman Katherine Burke, freshman Kaci Bornhorst, senior Natalie Fausey and freshman Julia Slonkosky. After running second for much of the first two laps, the Wildcats overtook West Liberty-Salem and ran to the easy win with a 9:36.92 time. Minster will advance to next week’s state competition.
The Minster boys 3200 meter relay team won the regional title with an 8:07.38 time. The quartet of sophomore Andrew Fausey, junior Andy Albers, senior Eric Dahlinghaus and junior Dominic Slonkosky overtook Summitt Country Day midway through the race and Slonkosky kept a big lead safe on the final lap to cross the finish line first. Coldwater finished fifth.
Minster has two boys pole vaulters headed to Columbus, as the Minster-Fort Loramie area took three of the four top spots. Minster junior Anthony Huelsman finished second in the boys pole vault by clearing 13 feet, two inches. He’ll be joined at state by Minster senior Alan Tebbe, who tied for third. Tebbe also cleared 13 feet, two inches. New Bremen sophomore Zane Ferguson finished 10th, clearing 12 feet, two inches. Fort Loramie’s Qwinton Scheer won the event with a vault of 13 feet, four inches.
Minster junior Wes Hegemann just missed out on a state berth in the boys discus throw. Hegemann took fifth with a best throw of 149 feet, six inches. Hegemann will get a shot at state again on Saturday in the boys shot put. Spencerville’s Lucas Schumate took fourth in the discus to advance to state.
Marion Local’s Gina Kramer won the girls high jump (5-3) while Emily Mescher took fifth in the girls shot put (35-9.25).