NEWCOMERSTOWN - The Division III boys' regional at Fairless High School in Navarre is arguably the toughest in the state of Ohio.
A strong collection of area boys will make be making the trek there after earning one of the four spots from the Eastern District meet that wrapped up Friday night at Lee Stadium.
Bellaire put together a very impressive showing, finishing third overall and the highest among OVAC members. Coach Shawn Valloric's squad scored 57 points.
BELLAIRE’S Collin Kimbro anchors the Big Reds’ 4x2 to a berth in the Division III?regional at Fairless High School next week.
The Big Reds qualified in eight of the 17 events.
Senior Collin Kimbro took second in the 100 meter dash, crossing the line in 11.74.
Senior Sterling Wright was third in the 400 in 52.89. In the high hurdles, freshman Justyn Keyser was fourth in 16.37.
Bellaire also advanced in all three sprint relays. The 4x2 team of Trenton Gibson, Kimbro, Keyser and Wright finished third in 1:34.09.
The foursome of Brandon Laughman, Kimbro, Jeff Nelson and Deondre Burney posted a 45.34 to finish fourth from lane 8 in the 4x1.
The 4x4 squad of Wright, Gibson, Burney and Keyser posted a 3:37.61 to grab the fourth qualifying spot.
Senior Kyle Hess finished fourth in the long jump at 19-7 and on Tuesday, Cody LaRoche was second in the shot put at 48-ft-6 1/2.
Steubenville Central was fifth overall, scoring 50.5 points.
Freshman distance runner Joey Schlich was third in the 3200 meter run with a time of 10:19.64. J.P. Dombrowski was fourth in the high jump at 5-8.
The Crusaders will also take part in the 4x1, 4x4 and 4x8 next week. The 400 relay team posted 45.30 to finish third. The 1600 unit was third in 3:34.57 and the 3200 team was second on Tuesday in 8:22.06.
Shadyside accumulated 32 points during the meet with junior Eric Howell leading the way. He was the district champion in the long jump, marking the sand at 20-ft-6.
He then headed to the track and finished second in the 400 in 52.18.
Junior Matt Krupa punched a ticket in the intermediate hurdles, skimming eight timbers in 42.63.
River had a strong showing. The Pilots recorded a district champion when Brok Cross won the high jump at 6-feet on Tuesday. Colton Wright was third in that event, too.
The Pilots' 4x2 team of Brandon Carpenter, Braden Whetsell, Brok Cross and Bryce Cross finished fourth in 1:35.44.
Barnesville will send a pair of runners in a trio of events. Senior Jeff Hart advanced in both hurdle events. He was third in the highs (16.04) and second in the intermediates (41.72).
Junior Mason Moore continued his quiet, but highly productive season in the 1600. He ran 4:35.83 to finish third in the four-lap race.
St. John Central was led by senior Garrett Holubeck, who opted against the 400 meter dash in favor of the 800.
It was a decision that appears to be paying off thus far. He ran two laps in 2:00.19 to finish second.
Also advancing was senior sprinter Kyle Whorton. He was third in the 100 in 11.92.
Bridgeport's lone qualifier was senior Austin McAtee, who finished fourth in the 100 in 11.97.