St. Marys athletes advance to regional meet

FOSTORIA —  The St. Marys track team is sending four more individuals to the regional meet after strong performances in the Division II district meet at Fostoria on Friday evening.

After the St. Marys girls 3200 meter relay team punched its ticket for Lexington earlier in the week, four Rider individuals placed in the top four on Friday to advance.

St. Marys senior pole vaulter Kelly Heitkamp took another step towards a return trip to Columbus by setting a new district record by clearing 10 feet, six inches to capture the district title. Heitkamp had stiff competition, with Kenton’s  Terrill Webb and Celina’s Bekah Carr also clearing 10-6. But she won the tie-breaker to earn the 10 points for first place and break the record of 10 feet set by Liberty-Benton’s Alex Johnson in 2012 and Trinity’s Katie Reid in 2008.

St. Marys’ Luke Lemmerman followed up his Western Buckeye League title in the 110 meter hurdles last week with a third-place finish in the event at the district meet on Friday. His 15.6-second time will advance him to the regional at Lexington.

Roughrider junior Kristen Dammeyer is a regional qualifier after a third-place finish in the 3200 meter run with a 12:00.13 time.

St. Marys junior Amanda Dues is headed to Lexington, as well, in the 1600 meter run. She finished fourth with a 5:27.21 time to earn five points and advance to the regional.