MANSFIELD — The Crestview boys earned a spot in an exclusive fraternity at the Division III Chillicothe regional meet over the weekend.
All four of the Cougars’ relay teams advanced to this week’s state meet at Westerville North. Crestview is just one of two Division III boys programs in the state to send all four relay teams to state, joining Columbus Grove.
What’s more, nine members of the Crestview boys team will be in action Friday and Saturday in suburban Columbus. Only three boys programs in Ohio will send more athletes to the state meet. Columbus Grove has 15 boys competing, while McDonald and Minster each have 11.
Crestview’s 4x800 meter relay team of Evan Gibbs, Gabe Smedley, Tommy O’Neill and Ross Kuhn boasts the second fastest regional qualifying time. The Cougars won the regional title in 8 minutes, 4.94 seconds. Only Cedarville (8:04.06) posted a faster regional time.
Crestview’s 4x200 relay team of Adison Reymer, Evan Hamilton, Rashaun Barber and Tanner Moore was second at the Chillicothe regional in 1:32.73. The Cougars are seeded seventh in the 4x200.
The 4x100 team of Reymer, Hamilton, Chase Shifflet and Moore was second at Chillicothe in 44.98 The foursome is seeded 11th.
The 4x400 team of Gibbs, Hamilton, Kuhn and Smedley won a regional title in 3:33.40. The quartet comes in to the state meet seeded 15th.
Individually, Kuhn and Smedley both qualified in the 800. Moore will also compete in the 100 while Shifflet will run the 300 hurdles.
Crestview will have some local company in the 4x400 relay. The Colonel Crawford team of Ethan Holt, Ryan McMichael, Jacob Awbrey and Gavin Trubee finished fourth at Chillicothe in 3:38.62.
Individually for the Eagles, Carter Valentine will compete in the high jump competition after placing third with a leap of 6-feet, 2-inches. Trevor Vogt qualified in the 110 hurdles after placing fourth in Chillicothe in 15.62.
St. Peter’s Donavon Duncan won regional championships in both the 110 hurdles and the 300 hurdles. He has the top seed time in the 110s (14.71).
Mapleton’s Jevin McQuate won a regional pole vault championship at Massillon Perry last week with a vault of 14-feet. He is one of just three Division III vaulters in the field to have cleared 14-feet at regionals.
In girls action, Colonel Crawford’s Katie Ruffener heads to Westerville North with three Tiffin regional titles in her back pocket. Ruffener won the 100 hurdles (14.49) the 300 hurdles (45.58) and the long jump (18-3.5). She is seeded first in the long jump and second in both hurdles events. Lucas’ Shelby Grover will join Ruffener in the 100 and 300 hurdles. Grover was third at the Tiffin regional in the 100s and second in the 300s.
Colonel Crawford’s Liv Krassow won a regional high jump title with a leap of 5-6.25. She is seeded second in the event.
Krassow is also a member of Colonel Crawford’s state-qualifying 4x100 relay team. She is joined by Lynae McKibben, Rylee Ritzhaupt and Cassidy Vogt.
The Loudonville quartet of Kenzie Cutlip, Corri Vermilya, Anna Templeman and Sydney Polen also qualified in the 4x100. The Redbirds were second at the Massillon Perry regional in 51.06. Loudonville’s Catlyn Kauffman qualified individually in the 800.
The Crestview girls have a pair of individual qualifiers in Reagan Garrett and Morgan Welch. Garrett was third at the Tiffin regional in the discus competition with a throw of 121-9. Welch was fourth in the mile in 5:19.96.