Bekah Conrad

Clear Fork's Bekah Conrad competes in the shot put competition at the 88th Mehock Relays earlier this season. Conrad placed 11th in the shot at the Division II state track and field tournament Saturday at Pickerington North's Panther Stadium.

PICKERINGTON — Caleb Branstetter thrives under pressure.

The Galion senior finished second in the high jump competition on the final day of the Division II state track and field tournament at Pickerington North’s Panther Stadium, clearing 6 feet, 6 inches on his third and final attempt.

Branstetter is no stranger to pressure-packed situations. He cleared 6-5 on his third attempt Saturday morning and, at last week’s regional meet at Lexington, cleared 6-4 on his third and final attempt before winning the regional crown with a leap of 6-6.

Branstetter wasn’t the only area athlete to come up big at Pickerington North. Clear Fork’s Bekah Conrad placed 11th in the shot put competition with a throw of 37-7.

Shelby’s Kayla Gonzales was 14th in the 1,600, finishing in 5:27.41. Ontario’s Brie Trumpower was 14th in the 800 with a time of 2:24.47.

Shelby’s Huck Finnegan competed in the 3,200, finishing 15th in 10:22.34.

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I have covered high school sports in Richland County since 2000. Email him at curt@richlandsource.com or follow him on Twitter: Follow @curtjconrad on twitter.

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