Marysville vaulter advances to regional


Marysville High School pole vaulter Gary Markin, left, is pictured with MHS head coach Luke Sundermeier. Markin placed fourth during the Division I district meet and will compete in next week’s regional.
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Marysville High School’s boys and girls track and field teams opened Division I district competition at Hilliard Darby on Wednesday.
Field events were held for the Monarchs, who saw one athlete advance to next week’s regional meet.
Gary Markin earned the final regional qualifying spot with a fourth-place finish in the boys vault with an effort of 12-8.
Other boys and girls vaulters’ results were as follows:
-Elijah Newland: boys, eighth, 11-0;
-Brynn Rychlik: girls, seventh, 10-0;
-Mary Calvert: girls, eighth, 9-0.
“Overall, our pole vaulters had a great night,” said Marysville head coach Luke Sundermeier. “All four scored points by placing in the top eight.
“Gary had an eight-inch personal record best vault to take fourth and qualify for the regional,” he said. “He has worked extremely hard over the past several years to learn the event.
“Gary made a clutch third attempt to make 12-8 to secure his fourth-place finish in exciting fashion,” said Sundermeier. “It’s fun to see athletes like him get rewarded for their hard work and dedication.”
Marysville had one other athlete place in a field event.
Haley Cook finished sixth in the girls long jump at 16-5.75.
“Haley had a tremendous long jump series in this meet,” said Sundermeier. “She set a new personal record by more than seven inches.
“She’s been eying the 16-foot barrier all season,” he said. “Now, she can set her sights on the 17-foot barrier during her senior season.”
The Monarchs will return to Darby tonight for the finals of the boys and girls 4 x 800 relay and running prelims in other events.
Running finals will be held, beginning at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

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