Amil Upchurch

Mansfield Senior's Amil Upchurch competes in the high jump competition at the Ohio Cardinal Conference meet at Ashland University's Ferguson Field.

MANSFIELD — Amil Upchurch joined the party a little late.

Mansfield Senior’s junior high jumper was the final area athlete to earn a spot in this week’s Division I state track and field championships, punching his ticket to Hilliard Darby with a fourth-place finish Sunday at the Amherst regional.

Some of the field events, including the boys high jump, were pushed back to Sunday because of inclement weather Saturday in Amherst. When competition resumed, Upchurch cleared 6-feet, 1-inch to earn the fourth and final state qualifying spot.

Upchurch will have plenty of company locally at the Division I meet.

Madison’s Isaac Brooks qualified for state in both the 110 meter hurdles and the 300 hurdles. Brooks won regional titles in both events Saturday in Amherst.

Ashland’s Dylan Hickey qualified individually in the 1,600 and as a member of the 4x800 relay team. He’ll be joined by Josh Hawley, Grant Vance and Lukah Will.

On the girls side, Madison freshman Nevaeh Lewis qualified individually in the 100 and 200 and as a member of Madison’s 4x200 really team. She will be joined by Kari Eckenwiler, Alexsia Davis and Montana Walker. Madison’s Kami Baker will also make the trip to Darby after breaking the school record and finishing third in the shot put.

Lexington’s 4x800 relay team of Joanna Halfhill, Halle Hamilton, Lily Weeks and Karis Hunter will compete at Darby. Halfhill qualified individually in the 1,600 while Hamilton will compete in the 3,200.

Competition begins at 10 a.m. Friday.

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