3 Wildcats earn state spots after day 1 of district | Track

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Oak Harbor's Josh Schrum, left, battles Shorecrest's Carter Osborne down the final backstretch in the district 1,600 Wednesday. Schrum nipped Osborne to win the race and a spot in the state meet.
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Josh Schrum, Cody Hernkind and Dominique Jackson grabbed slots in the state 3A track meet during the first day of the two-day District 1 meet in Oak Harbor Wednesday, May 16.

Finals were run in five boys and four girls events Wednesday in the 12-team meet; the remainder of the finals begin at 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 18, at Wildcat Memorial Stadium.

The top two in each event earn state berths.

Schrum out-kicked Shorecrest's Carter Osborne to win the 1,600 in 4:17, the state's eighth-best 3A time this spring.

Hernkind, who placed sixth in the long jump at the Wesco meet last week, added over a foot to his distance to claim second in a season-best 20-05.

Jackson finished third in the discus, but her toss of 121 feet bettered the automatic state qualifying mark of 120-03.5. She also placed sixth in the javelin (95-06).

It was a tough-luck day for a few Wildcats who placed third and missed state by one spot.

Chris Hailer jumped 6-0 in the high jump, the same height as the top two placers, but finished third by the tie-breaker of most misses.

James Harrison recorded a season-best 12-feet in the pole vault for third after placing ninth at league a week earlier. He had the same height as the second-place vaulter, but lost a vault-off for the state berth.

Ciera Wiser was third in the javelin (106-10).

The Oak Harbor boys are in first after Wednesday's events with 39 points, and the girls are fourth with 18.

Other Wildcat results in the finals Wednesday (the top eight score):

Girls 1,600: 7, Marisa Sligh, 5:28.43; 8, Alex Laiblin, 5:28.48; 11, Jonalynn Horn, 5:40.38; 14, Hannah Bressler, 5:50.73.


Boys 1,600: 4, Matt Reith, 4:27.17; 9, John Rodeheffer, 4:43.6.

Boys high jump: 11, Sam Schultz, 5-02.

Boys pole vault: 12, Josh McVey, 10-6.

Boys shot put: 6, Jeremy Foster, 47-05.5; 8, Dayne Herron, 43-03.

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