Brad Korte of Lincolnview makes an attempt at the long jump Thursday in the district finals. He placed second and will advance to regionals. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)
Brad Korte of Lincolnview makes an attempt at the long jump Thursday in the district finals. He placed second and will advance to regionals. (DHI Media/Joe Dray)

SPENCERVILLE – Several local track and field athletes punched their tickets to the regional semifinals Thursday night at the Division III district track meet in Spencerville.

Ottoville will send a pair to regional semifinals in the girls discus. Brynlee Hanneman finished first with a throw of 126 feet 9 inches, and teammate Haley Hoersten placed third with 115 feet 10 inches to send them both to regionals. Hanneman will make her third appearance at regionals and is excited to compete.

“It can be nerve racking with the pressure at regionals, but it’s nothing new,” she said.

“I hope I can do better at regionals. I want to speed up my turns and land them better,” said Hoersten.

Jill Gemmer from Delphos St John’s also qualified with a throw of 120 feet 6 inches.

Brad Korte of Lincolnview secured his spot in the boys long jump. He placed second in the finals with a jump of 21 feet 5 inches and was very happy with his performance at the meet.

“I made it on my second jump, and it felt really good. I was off a little on the jump, but my landing was pretty good,” he said.

Oliva Gorman won the district championship for Lincolnview in the girls high jump. She broke a personal record with a 5-feet jump.

“This will be my first time to regionals, and I’m looking forward to it. I cleared all my jumps starting at 4 feet 6 inches and it felt really great,” Gorman said.

Delphos St John's Braden Ladd is headed for regionals in the boys shot put. His throw of 47 feet 4 inches was enough for fourth place and a qualifying spot. “I had a bad first throw but my second one was really good. Before regionals I want to work on my technique,” he said.

Finals were also held in the 4x800 meter relay with Lincolnview girls placing a regional-qualifying third. Rylee Byrne ran the third portion of the relay and was happy to qualify. “I knew going in to the race I had to run to the best of my ability, and I was really just trying to catch the girl from Ft. Recovery. They had a mistake later on, and I’m glad that our anchor, Madeline Snyder, didn’t let that mess her up.”

Dylan Carey ran the second leg of the race.

“I knew coming out that we had to try and close the gap on Minster and Columbus Grove, and I think we did just that,” Carey said.

Madison Langdon found herself in an unfailiar position.

“I never started a relay before and I usually run the anchor, so I knew I had to pick it up for my team and made sure I got us off to a good start,” Langdon said.

Madeline Snyder ran anchor in the 4x800 for the first time. “I was really nervous coming into the race. I never really have a strategy – I just go. We have been working so hard all year and it is nice to bring our coach some good news.”

Columbus Grove also qualified for regionals with a time of 9:51.

The Lancer boys also placed third in the 4x800 relay with a time of 8:35.

“That was just a great race to run. It was competitive with all of us right there fighting for position. We were all pushing each other to get to the finish,” said anchor Jacob Keysor.

Karter Tow started the race and is happy his team is headed for regionals.

“It’s amazing, we came here last year and just missed regionals with a fifth-place finish. We came in today knowing it was going to be tough because all the seed times were close,” Tow said.

Second leg runner Alek Bowersock used last year’s disappointing performance as motivation.

“I told the guys, we have to remember last year because we don’t want that feeling again. We knew that each of us had to shave some time off, and we did.”

Joe Sadowski ran the third leg of the race and was focused on regionals the whole time.

“We really wanted to make it to regionals with a chance of going to state. I got us into second and our anchor, Keysor, kept us in the running,” Sadowski said.

Day 2 of the district tournament at Spencerville will be held on Saturday with events starting at 11:30 a.m.