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Chaneys pace Knights at districts

Published: May 27, 2017 5:00 AM
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Brayden Chaney and Matt Chanay led the way and West Holmes is taking a bus to regionals instead of a van.

Div. II East District

Chaney wasted no time getting down the track to win the 200 and 400, and Chanay qualified in the 110 hurdles (3rd), 300 hurdles (3rd), pole vault (2nd) and 1,600 relay team (4th). For Chanay, he bucked the the norm of focusing on an event or two by qualifying in four.

"He just battles and does so well," said Knights coach Ty Harris. "Possesses a lot of character and great workout effort each time.

"In the 1600, he will probably be the backup runner as we have some great competition there and guys that actually volunteered to run that event. So it will allow him to focus on the other three events," Harris added.

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Joining Chanay in the 1,600 Saturday were Michael Taylor, Jonathan Kandel and Grady Hay.

That competition also carried over into pole vaulting where Harris advised that the team has jump-offs prior to dual meets to see who will compete. Two of those pole vaulters found themselves in key roles in their respective relays as Brandon Zemrock and Terrell Yoder both qualified for regionals. Zemrock joined up with Hay, Cale Ogi and Travett Boughman to finished fourth in the 400, and Yoder teamed up with Boughman, Ogi and Ethan Kinsey to finished fourth in the 800.

"They both have adjusted well going to relays," said Harris. "And have found success and contribute to the team effort."

Also making it out were Kandel (4th, 800), Josh Goudy (3rd shot put, 1st discus), and Mark Lowe (4th shot put).

"I am just really pleased with the guys," said Harris. "They compete hard, train hard and are easy to coach, which has been a big reason for us finding success. This is also one of the larger groups that we have ever taken to regionals, which is great."

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Div. III East District

Friday night wasn't Declan Howell's best performance of the season, but it was good enough to qualify for regionals as he will make his second appearance. For Howell, he finished second in the high jump to punch his ticket.

"He will have to do better at regionals if he wants to make it to state," said Hiland coach Mark Fowler. "He already knows this and I know he is always looking to improve."

Howell and three other jumpers had a jump-off after none of them cleared 5-feet-10, and he finished second on the jump-off that followed.

As a team, the Hawks finished 12th at the district.

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Div. II East District

The Knights' Taylor Yerian not only won the 300 hurdles, she picked up a third in the 100 hurdles to qualify for regionals .

"We knew she would do well in the 300 (hurdles)," said Knights coach Ty Harris. "We changed up the workout routine to help our athletes continue to improve, for instance with Taylor, we put her in the 100 and distance runs this year and it has really benefitted her."

Joining Yerian as a regional qualifier with strong finishes were state-tested individuals in Michelle Hostetler and Madison Kandel. Hostetler was second in the 3,200 and Kandel placed third in the discus.

"Michelle runs so smooth and is so consistent," said Harris of the Toledo recruit. "She works hard with her running coach and is always looking to get better and improve. Madison is pushing to be three-time state qualifier, but she will have her work cut out for her as our regional has some really improved throwers. She will be up for the challenge as she always is."

For freshman Kaylin Martin, the learning curve continued throughout the season and still is as she has worked on her speed and continued to improve herself in the long jump. She finished second to qualify for regionals to join fellow field event regional qualifier Makayla Roush, who finished third in the pole vault.

"Kaylin continues to grow in her skill," said Harris. "And Makayla has really improved her form, puts in the time, works hard and is a great kid to work with."

As a team, the Knights finished fourth at districts.

Div. III Eastern District

The Hiland girls 1,600 relay team advanced, thanks to senior Isabelle Fowler, who edged out Caldwell's anchor runner to give the Hawks the fourth spot at the Div. III Eastern District.

"She was just so determined that the three seed (Caldwell) wasn't going to beat her," said Hiland track coach Mark Fowler. "Literally, she gave it everything she had and afterwards had that glassy look in her eyes as she lay on the ground -- you could tell she had given her best.

"She is OK today and ready to go. Win or lose, this group of ladies are so tight, they just consistently pick each other up and I would be shocked if we aren't changing our school record board here soon."

Fowler's teammates on the 1,600 relay team that qualified for regionals are Brooke Miller, Melissa Hostetler and Nikki Yoder.

"Just a positive group of ladies," added Fowler. "Their commitment to each other is very strong and together they are very good."

As a team, Hiland finished 17th at the district.


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