By Rob Kiser
TROY — Covington junior Jett Murphy wasn’t satisfied with just going to state in the pole vault.
So, he added regional title to his resume the Troy Division III regional meet Wednesday.
Miami East senior discus thrower Daniel Everett and the Russia girls 3,200 relay team both finished third to punch their tickets to state as well.
Murphy was one of four vaulters to clear 13-4, assuring himself of going to state.
When he returned, after running in the 800 relay, he missed his first two attempts at 13-8,.
“My arms and legs just feel dead after running the relay,” Murphy said. “It feels really difficult, even though I know it isn’t.”
To make matters worse, on his second attempt at 13-8, there tape came flying off his pole as he planted it.
“I don’t know what happened,” Murphy said. “I spiked the pole. I didn’t see what happened after that.”
He calmly gathered himself and sailed over the bar at 13-8 on his third attempt, then cleared what would be the winning height of 14-0 on his first attempt. Neither Fort Loramie’s Alan Holdheide or Wyatt Lefker of Williamsburg cleared 14-0, giving Murphy the title.
“I just had to do it,” Murphy said about the third attempt at 13-8. “It just takes me a little while to get my arms and legs back (after running relays). The jump at 14 felt really good.”
It tied the school record Murphy shares with former Covington state champion Jon Sampson.
Murphy took three attempts at 14-6, but just missed.
“I never really thought about it (being a regional champion),” Murphy said. “I just wanted to have a good year and PR. It feels good to be going to state. I really want to get 14-6 at state.”
The smile on Everett’ face told you it was worth the wait for the Miami East senior.
He finished third in the discus with a throw of 145-8.
“Finally, I am going to state as a senior,” Everett said.
He was fourth going to the finals with a distance of 136-10 and he knew anything could happen.
But, on his second throw in the finals, he uncorked the throw of 145-8, a new PR.
“Once, I saw how far I threw that one (145-8) and how good a throw it was, I relaxed,” Everett said.
He almost matched it, with his final throw of 144-8.
“I am hoping to get in the 150s at state,” Everett said. “I would love to get the school record of 152-3, but I think that is a little unrealistic.”
The Russia 3,200 relay team switched up the order and it helped pay off in a state berth.
Lauren Heaton, who run the opening leg at district, moved back to anchor — with Shaelyn Goubeaux, Grace York and Molly Kearns each moving up one spot.
The Lady Raiders finished third with a time of 9:35.63.
“That is where Shaelyn is most comfortable — leading off,” Kearns said. “Grace and I are fine with running second or third.”
Russia was in a battle for fourth when Heaton got the baton, but she easily moved the Lady Raiders up to third.
“I was trying to put Lauren (Heaton) in as good a position as possible,” Kearns said. “I struggled a little in the backstretch. I think I was almost dead even with the Miami East girl.”
Now comes a chance for Kearns, a senior, to finish her career on the podium.
“We just want to go to state and run our best,” Kearns said. “I am just happy we ran another PR tonight. I am sure it would be a really cool feeling to get up on the podium next week.”
There were some close calls for local athletes as well Wednesday.
Finishing fifth were the Miami East boys 3,200 relay (Bryce Redick, Luke Mengos, Greg Austerman, Gavin Horn) in 8:22.17; the Miami East girls 3,200 relay (Marie Ewing, Kaitlyn Mack, Lindsey Yingst, Lorenza Savini(, 9:42.62; Russia’s Drew Poling in the discus, 140-9; and Lehman’s Kassie Lee in the shot put, 36-6 3-4.
Russia pole vaulter Cole Tebbe was sixth in the pole vault, 13-0.
Qualifying to Friday’s running event finals were:
110 Hurdles: Cade Harshbarger, Covington, 15.82.
800 Relay: Russia, 1:33.61.
400 Relay: Covington, 44.51.
400: Trevor Monnin, Russia, 51.73.
300 Hurdles: Cade Harshbarger, Covington, 41.23.
200: Jack Yoder, Newton, 23.47.
1,600 Relay: Russia, 3:28.82 (fast time); Covington, 3:31.69; Bradford, 3:35.48.
100 Hurdles: Natalie Snyder, Covington, 16.91.
100: Breanna Kimmel, Covington, 12.93.
800 Relay: Covington, 1:50.45.
400: Lauren Heaton, Russia, 57.44 (fast time); Alanna O’Leary, Lehman, 58.84; Rayna Horner, Covington, 59.08.
300 Hurdles: Kaitlyn Mack, Miami East, 50.36.
200: Lauren Heaton, Russia, 26.27; Alanna O’Leary, Lehman, 26.61.
1,600 Relay: Russia, 4:08.12.