Beavercreek won the distance medley relay (10:32.13) and received another first from triple jumper Matthew Riekens (43 feet, 1.75 inches) to post the first-day boys lead, 20-17 over host Wayne.
Mason was second in the distance medley relay and added a sixth in the high jump to hold an 11-10 advantage over Minster for the girls team lead. Minster senior Jordyn Heitbrink won the high jump (5-5) to account for all of Minster’s points.
The meet continues at 3:30 p.m. Friday with finals scheduled for approximately 6:30. The two-day meet has drawn 67 complete boys/girls teams and 1,434 entrants.
Horter will attempt a grueling double on Friday: the open 1,600 and 3,200. There will be about two hours between the races. Last fall’s Division I individual state cross country champion, he’ll be among the favorites in both events.
His 1,600 anchor split in the relay on Thursday was 4:12.
“I always expect myself to perform and I never doubt my abilities despite the competition,” he said. “I go in with confidence. I race as hard as I can. I’m giving it my all and I’m trying to put my team in the best position.”
• Thursday’s other area placers were paced by Lakota West triple jumpers Myian Horton (second; 42-8.25) and Robert Smith (sixth; 39-11.75). Rachel Heidtman of Middletown was fifth in the discus (122-11), Logan Currington of West was fifth in the high jump (6-2) and Ayana Johnson of West was eighth in the high jump (5-0).
• Friday’s area finals qualifiers were Andrew Whitaker of Lakota West in the highs (15.50) and Serena Clark (12.50) and Kaylyn Heath (12.80) of East in the 100. All other Friday racing and field events are seeded by previous results.
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