COLUMBUS - Three female throwers, one long jumper and one male relay team placed on the first day of the Division III state track and field meet at Jesse Owens Stadium on the campus of The Ohio State University.
Columbus Grove's Lyne'a Diller and Megan Verhoff and Leipsic's Holly Averesch were the throwers to place, while the Bulldog boys 3200 relay team placed as well Friday.
The Division III state running finals get underway Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
One of the placements for the Bulldogs Friday was by the sophomore Diller in the shot put as she finished fourth with a throw of 41-9 1/4. Although the sophomore was making her first appearance at the state meet it was her goal to break the school record and she was able to do that in the finals.
DIller started the day with a pair of throws over 39-0 in the semi-finals and in the finals she had a throw well over 40-0, which was just off the school record.
Although the record was within her grasp, Diller had another problem as another thrower had passed her moving her down to eighth place. On her final throw, Diller got what she wanted as her throw not only broke the school record, but moved her into fourth place.
Earlier in the afternoon, Averesch and Verhoff both placed in the Division III discus competition.
Averesch finished fifth in the discus with a throw of 141-8 and Verhoff was seventh with a throw of 132-2. Jail'Lyn Mosley of McDonald won the discus competition with a throw of 157-5
In the long jump, Ordway finished seventh with a leap of 17-0, which was a personal best for the Pirate senior. The top seven jumpers in the competition all went over 17 feet as the winning jump was by Covington's Jackie Siefring with a leap of 18-0 3/4.
Ordway will be back in action Saturday as she competes in the 300 hurdles. Ordway ran a time of 45.81 to advance to the finals with the eighth best time. She finished 11th in the 100 hurdles and McCluer was 12th in the event.
To start the day, the Bulldogs boys 3200 relay team placed seventh with a time of 8:08.92, which was a personal best for the event. Running the event for the Bulldogs was Bryce Sharrits, Colton Grothaus, David Bogart and Alex Giesige.
Sharrits, Grothaus and Giesige had run the event for Grove all season, but with senior Lee Altenburger suffering from a bad case of shin splints he was unable to go and was replaced by Bogart late Thursday evening.
Sharrits will compete in the 800 meter run Saturday morning for the Bulldogs.
The Lady Bulldogs 4x200 and 4x100 relay teams advanced to the finals on Saturday. Raiya Flores, Kristin Wynn, Sydney McCluer and Julia Wynn have the seventh best time (1:46.24) after the semi-finals, while Flores, Julia Wynn, Linnea Stephens and McCluer have the eighth best time.