TIFFIN – The Swanton girls track and field team led after day one of the Division III regional tournament in Tiffin on Wednesday. A pair of Bulldogs punched their tickets to state with strong field event performances.
Julia Smith broke the regional record when she cleared 5-8 in the high jump. The senior beat out defending state champion Emma Daugherty of Maumee Valley Country Day School, who cleared 5-6.
Daughtery’s jump of 5-9 won state last year, with Smith taking third with a clearance of 5-7. The two are set up for one final high school showdown in the state championships, beginning Friday at 4 p.m.
Swanton senior Sidney Taylor placed second in the shot put with a toss of 39-4. Grace Rigel of Leipsic won with 41-7.
Girls shot put also begins at 4 p.m. Friday.
Those two performances gave Swanton 18 points after the first day. Leipsic and Liberty-Benton were tied for second place with 14 points.
The Swanton boys competed in the Division II regional tournament at Piqua on Thursday and Saturday.
On Thursday, the Swanton 3200 meter relay team of Brett Bettinger, Dylan Gilsdorf, Donovan Avalos and Anthony Howard turned in a strong performance, placing sixth with a season-best time of 8:15.02. The top four in each event qualify for state.
Bryan was first in 8:04.61 and Wauseon was second in 8:05.51. Indian Hill and Madeira also qualified.
Several other Bulldogs were slated to be in action on the second day of the regional tournaments at Tiffin and Piqua. Those results will be available in the next issue of the Enterprise, on our website, www.swantonenterprise.com, or on Twitter @Swan_Enterprise.
The state track and field tournament is Friday and Saturday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at The Ohio State University, where it has been since 2004. The event was first held at Denison University in 1908, then at Ohio Wesleyan University from 1909-1923, and then at Ohio Stadium from 1924-1998. When the track was removed from Ohio Stadium in 1999, the state meet was held at Dayton Welcome Stadium from 1999-2003.
Tickets are $10 each at the gate per day. Children under 3 years of age are not required to have a ticket.