Oak Hill wins regional, eight Grant County athletes advance to state meet

The Oak Hill Golden Eagles boys track and field team made a little history on Thursday evening at the Marion Regional.

With three athletes recording top three finishes in five events, the Golden Eagles won their first regional track and field championship since 1977, edging heavy favorite Carroll by one point, as well as defeating other high profile programs such as Homestead, Fort Wayne Snider, and Fort Wayne South Side.

Sammy Sommers put together a tremendous performance, qualifying for the state meet in three events. He placed third in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 14.94, second in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 39.31, and first in the long jump with a distance of 23’10” – a new Oak Hill High School record.

After finishing as the state runner-up in the 400 last year, Tahj Johnson will be competing for a state championship once again this season, finishing first in the regional with a time of 48.93. Johnson also advanced in the long jump, placing third with a distance of 22’5”.

Gavin Holz rounds out the group, placing second in the pole vault at 15’0”.

All of the other four Grant County schools will have at least one representative in Bloomington next weekend. Eastbrook’s Clay Dalton advanced after placing third in the shot put with a distance of 48’11 ¾”, while Marion’s Zaimar Burnett will run in the 200 meter after finishing in second with a time of 22.30. Mississinewa’s Brennan Butche advanced in the 1600 and 3200 meter races, placing third in the 1600 with a time of 4:20.20 and fourth in the 3200 with a time of 9:33.86.

And at the Kokomo regional, Madison-Grant’s AJ Jones also punched his ticket to Bloomington, finishing second in the shot put with a distance of 52’9 ¾”.

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