EATON TWP. — Sometimes it’s about having the right combination. The Buckeye boys 4×800-meter relay team has that.
The Bucks cemented a spot to regionals by taking third Thursday at the Midview Division II District at Adelsberg Stadium.
With just two legs returning from last season’s regional-qualifying unit, veterans Bob Auber and Ryan Gallagher and newcomers Sean Spence and Aidan Gallagher clocked 8:41.98 to advance to next week’s Lexington Regional.
Holy Name won in 8:36.65, followed by Northwestern (8:41.49).
“We kind of set it up as a team effort,” Auber said. “We had Spence go out, make a good lead for us, give it Aidan so he could maintain and pick up a few people, then give it to me to set it up for Ryan. Ryan just blew it out of the water.
“This was great. We see the result right here. We know we’re moving on and our coach is having us peak right now.”
While it was not the best time of the season — mainly because of the unseasonably cold temperatures — Ryan Gallagher noted the group is progressing but will need to improve to compete on the regional stage.
“It feels good,” said Gallagher, a state-placing 3,200 runner. “As a team, we’ve developed a lot. We have two seniors, a junior and a freshman, so we have some stuff to build on.
“Our times haven’t improved a lot, but we’re doing better and hopefully next week we get a little better.”
Buckeye junior Zach Davis finished 4 feet, 10 inches out of the fourth and final qualifying spot in the shot put after a toss of 120-5.
Donatius DeMarco recorded the highest individual finish for Black River, soaring 11-6 to place seventh in the pole vault. Jerrod Varney was ninth in the long jump (17-11).
In girls finals, the Pirates’ Morgan Leach posted the top finish by taking ninth in the shot put (30-11½).
Buckeye All-Gazette sprinter Caleb Kupetz and honorable mention pick Tyler Yurik opted to not participate for personal reasons. Yurik was slated to compete in Thursday’s pole vault final, while Kupetz would’ve competed in the 100 and 200 prelims.
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