LEXINGTON - The opening day of the Division II regional track meet at Lexington couldn't have gone better for the Columbian girls. TC had entries in five preliminary races, and all five advanced to Saturday's finals for a chance to advance to the state meet.
Columbian's Autumn Nichols went 3 for 3 individually Thursday. She moved on to the finals in the 200, 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles.
Nichols set the second best qualifying time in the 100 hurdles (15.21) and the third in the 300 hurdles (45.39). In the 200, she qualified with a time of 26.37.
She advances to Saturday's finals, where athletes that finish in the top four of each event will move on to next week's state championship meet in Columbus.
Columbian also qualified two relay teams to Saturday's finals. Michaela Sharlow, McKenna Theis, Annie Demith and Tori Stephens teamed up to set the third fastest qualifying time in the 4x200 (1:47.6) and the sixth fastest in the 4x100 (51.66).
Fostoria's Deneah Durst competed in the shot put finals Thursday and finished eighth with a toss of 35-11.
Also for the Redmen, Natosha Cartagena finished 12th in the 100 meter dash in a time of 13.25.
Upper Sandusky also is at the regional but had no one competing in Thursday's preliminaries. Taylor Daughenbaugh will compete in the finals of the long jump on Saturday, as will Evan Logsdon in the high jump.