TROY — Last year, Newton’s Brady McBride wasn’t back to full speed by the time the regional rolled around.
Friday night at the Troy Division III track and field regional, he showed what he could do when he is close to it.
McBride finished second in the 3,200 at the Division III regional track and field meet Friday at Troy Memorial Stadium, allowing the state competitor in cross country to advance to the state track meet for the first time in his career.
McBride ran a time of 9:45.24, finishing second only to Ottoville’s Brendan Siefker’s 9:37.23. Siefker had easily won the 1,600 earlier in the day.
“This will be my first time at state track. I’ve been to state in cross country twice. Last year, I was injured and just trying to catch up on my training at this point,” McBride said. “It feels good. I didn’t feel great today. I wanted to win and defend my regional cross country title, but Brendan ran a great race.”
McBride had also qualified for the regional in the 1,600, as did Bethel’s Korry Hamlin, but both scratched in the 1,600 to focus on the 3,200. Hamlin narrowly missed qualifying for state, finishing fifth in the 3,200 in 9:49.56.
“It was kind of up in the air until a couple days ago,” McBride said of scratching the 1,600. “It was really tough to decide whether or not to drop it. But my best race has always been the two-mile, and we figured it was my best chance to make it to state.”
Buccs move on
Covington hurdlerCade Harshbarger went 2—for-2 Friday.
And the Covington boys 4×400 team moved up a spot from the prelims, solidifying its spot at state.
They joined Jett Murphy, who won the regional title in the pole vault on Wednesday.
After Harshbarger qualified in the 110 hurdles, finishing third in 15.45 seconds and ensuring that he’d be at state in at least one event, he still didn’t know what to expect.
“Honestly, I really haven’t thought that far ahead yet,” the Covington sophomore said. “I just want to try to make it in the 300s, also, then I’ll get to state and try to do my best there, too.”
Harshbarger qualified in the 300 hurdles, as well, finishing fourth in 40.79 seconds.
“I knew it was going to be tough to get into the top four,” he said. “But I’ve been working hard and been trying to get my times down. I felt loose, felt good. It definitely feels great (to qualify for state).”
The 4×400 team of Zane Barnes, Brandon Magee, Jayce Pond and Nathan Lyle also qualified for state, finishing third in 3:28.73 — more than three full seconds faster than their time from the preliminaries on Wednesday. They entered the regional race with the fourth-best time, but that time would have only been good enough for seventh on Friday. But the Buccs held strong to the third position throughout every leg of the race Friday night, continuously staying one step ahead of the competition.
Raiders advance five
The Russia 4×400 relay team and high jumper Josh York both advanced to the state meet Friday night.
The foursome of Trevor Monnin, Jack Moorman, Caleb Ball and Westin Lavy finished second in 3:27.04; while York finished fourth in the high jump, clearing 6-3.
Everett goes in discus
Miami East will be represented by senior discus thrower Daniel Everett at state.
Everett had finished third in the discus on Wednesday.
Versailles sophomore Josh Steinbrunner was the lone Tiger to advance to state in the Lexington D-II regional.
Steinbrunner finished fourth in the 110 hurdles in 14.89 to advance.