Kami Baker

Madison's Kami Baker throws the shot put during the 88th Mehock Relays earlier this year at Malabar Intermediate School's Mehock Field. (Richland Source file photo)

AMHERST — Kami Baker didn’t just qualify for the state meet. The Madison senior etched her name in program history.

Baker finished third in the shot put competition at the Division I Amherst regional Wednesday afternoon with a school-record throw of 39 feet, 11.5 inches. She will compete at next week’s Division I state meet at Hilliard Darby High School.

Finals in a handful of field events and the boys and girls 4x800 relays were  Wednesday, along with preliminaries in the other running events. The remaining state berths will be determined Friday.

The top four finishers in each event qualify for the state meet.

Both the Lexington girls and the Ashland boys secured state berths in the 4x800 relay.

The Lex quartet of Halle Hamilton, Joanna Halfhill, Karis Hunter and Lily Weeks finished second in a season-best 9 minutes, 19.6 seconds. The Ashland foursome of Dylan Hickey, Luka Will, Grant Vance and Josh Hawley finished third in 7:54.19.

Action resumes Friday in Amherst with finals in the remaining field events at 2:30 p.m. Finals in the running events begin at 5 p.m.

Division III

Colonel Crawford’s Liv Krassow, Mapleton’s Jevin McQuate and the Crestview boys 4x800 relay team all won regional titles Wednesday afternoon to earn berths to next week’s Division III state meet at Westerville North.

Krassow claimed the girls high jump title at the Tiffin regional with a leap of 5-6.25. McQuate won the boys pole vault competition at the Massillon Perry regional, clearing 14-feet. The Crestview quartet of Evan Gibbs, Gabe Smedley, Tommy O’Neill and Ross Kuhn broke the tape in 8:04.94 at the Chillicothe regional.

The Division III regional meets resume Friday.

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