COLUMBUS — The Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers track team had a solid day on the first day of the Division III state track meet Friday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.
The girls team scored its first points of the meet in the field-event finals thanks to a strong performance by senior Abbey Gray in the long jump.
Junior Ivy Horn advanced to the finals in three events but suffered a disappointing result in her fourth event.
And the boys team exceeded expectations, but came up short of placing in the finals of its two events.
For the girls, Gray placed sixth in the long jump with a best jump of 17-feet, 1/2-inch. She entered the event as just the 13th seed with a qualifying jump of 16-4. Gray’s result gave the Tigers three points. They sit 29th in the team standings after Day 1.
And the Tigers are in good position to score even more points today with finalists in four events. The top eight times from Friday advanced to the finals today.
Gray also advanced to the finals in the 300-meter hurdles. Gray, who came in as the 11th seed, recorded the sixth-fastest time in the preliminaries on Friday, a 46.13.
Ivy Horn, the third-seed in the 100 dash, posted the third-best time in the preliminaries on Friday with a 12.3. She also posted the No. 3 time in the 200 dash prelim with a 25.46.
The Tigers’ best chance for a championship is in the 400 relay. The team of Gray, Morgan Horn, Frankie James and Ivy Horn backed up their top seeding with a blistering 49.09 in the prelim, almost a full second ahead of the second-fastest finisher.
Ivy Horn did not advance in the 100 hurdles after posting a disappointing 16.0 to finish 11th in the prelims. She came into the event as the fifth-fastest qualifier with a 15.05.
Morgan Horn came up short of advancing in the 100 dash, posting the 13th fastest time at 12.85. She finished ninth in the pole vault at 10-6, matching her qualifying height.
For the boys, the 14th-seeded 3,200 relay team of Dalton Buffenbarger, Eli O’Leary, Jacob Waitman and Connor Mortimer finished 10th with an 8:18.31.
And freshman Joliffe Huber, the 15th seed in the discus, took 12th with a throw of 142-5.