Many area athletes in Ohio state track meet
HUNTINGTON -- Chesapeake, South Point and Coal Grove have athletes qualified for the Ohio State Track and Field Championships.
Gallipolis, Portsmouth and Reedsville Eastern are also sending athletes to the meet Friday and Saturday in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at Ohio State University.
Jordan Porter from Chesapeake qualified for the Division II girls discus and shot put. The junior won a regional title in the discus (136-feet) and placed second in the shot put (42-7).
Toni Koukos, a South Point junior, qualified in the Division II girls 110-meter hurdles with a regional fourth-place time of 16.24 seconds.
Coal Grove has four athletes competing in Division III boys.
Brandon Adkins, a junior, won the regional high jump (6-6).
Freshman Tanner Henry, senior Conor Markins, senior Ian McFarland and senior Mason Nance won the 4x200 at the regional (1:31.63).
Austen Pleasants, a junior, placed second in the regional discus (146-8).
Freshman Eli Willis qualified with a fourth-place finish in the regional pole vault (11-6).
Gallipolis senior Hannah Watts was a regional winner in the Division II girls 800 with a time of 2:13.89.
The Gallipolis Blue Devils also had Division II boys regional titles from senior Logan Allison in the long jump (22-9) and junior Jacob Click in the 300 hurdles (38.9).
Senior Winston Wade was a region runner-up in the 800 (1:59.86).
Gallipolis runners Allison, Click, senior Wade Jarrell and sophomore Wes Jarrell placed fourth the regional 4x100 (44.06). Click, senior Griffon McKinnis, Wade and junior Blake Wilson finished third in the regional 4x400 (3:28.04).
Portsmouth was third in the Division II boys 4x200 at the regional (1:31.27) with junior Alex Dickerson, sophomore Terril Lattimore, sophomore Darray Richardson and junior Darion Robinson.
Eastern's girls in the Division III regional were second in the 4x800 (9:35.92) and third in the 4x400 (4:02.98). Runners were senior Keri Lawrence, junior Taylor Palmer, freshman Laura Pullins and senior Maddie Rigsby. Pullins also qualified in the high jump (5-4).