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Troy’s Fleischer a runner-up at state meet

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Mike Ullery | Civitas MediaTroy senior Nathan Fleischer placed second in the Division I pole vault at the state track and field championships Saturday.
Mike Ullery | Civitas MediaTroy senior Nathan Fleischer placed second in the Division I pole vault at the state track and field championships Saturday.
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record from last year.”


Fleischer actually missed twice with the bar at 14-0, clearing it on his final try. He easily cleared 14-6 after that, though, then only missed once at both 14-10 and 15-2 – beating his mark of 15-0 that got him third a year ago.


Perry’s Lucas Kelley won the event, clearing 15-6 on his final attempt and then moving on to clear 15-10. Fleischer came close on his final attempt at 15-6 but caught the bar with his chest and it rolled off.


“I broke my record, and hopefully I can break it again next week,” Fleischer said, as he will compete in the Midwest Meet of Champions at Granville, where the best seniors from Ohio, Indiana and Michigan will compete.


Dalton, meanwhile, missed out on move-in day at Oklahoma University to throw the discus – and it was worth it.


“It’s a privilege to throw out here,” Dalton said. “I was supposed to be getting checked in for school but missed it so I could compete, and it paid off.”


In his preliminary flight, though, Dalton was sitting in ninth, but the two throwers ahead of him each popped off big final throws to put him in 11th – two places out of the finals – heading into his final throw. So Dalton uncorked a throw of 159-10, jumping all the way to seventh.


“I was sitting in a good spot, last thrower in the last flight, so I knew what I had to do to get in,” Dalton said. “I threw a good throw and qualified for the finals, then I had another good one and moved up another place.”


Dalton threw 163-5 on his first throw of the finals to take sixth.


“I really wanted the school record (168-10), but it just wasn’t there today,” Dalton said. “Still, I wasn’t even looked at to place at state at the beginning of the year. So I’m happy with sixth at state.”


Not all of the boys on Troy’s relay team of Brandon Lee, Gabe Allen, Matt Barr and Miles Hibbler were as happy with their seventh-place finish in 42.82 seconds, but they’re bringing home medals all the same.


“It feels pretty good,” Hibbler said. “I may not be as excited as these other guys here. I think we could have run a much better time and done better, but we still placed at state in Division I.”


“Obviously we had some crazy handoffs, and we probably could have run a better time,” Barr said. “But we placed at D-I state – and that’s something to be proud of.”


One of those handoffs came at the first exchange, where Lee earned a big gash on his left shoulder after diving to ensure that Allen got the baton.


“Halfway through the zone, I felt like he was going to leave me, so I dove for it,” Lee said. “I made that handoff any way possible.”


“It feels good that it wasn’t me this time,” said Allen, who fell during exchanges at the regional race. We did what we had to do to make it.”


There were no tumbles over the finish line or anything necessary for the girls 4x100 team of Kelsey Walters, Gracie Huffman, Shanelle Byrd and Ashley Barr. The team held its seed position from Friday’s preliminaries, placing seventh in 48.9 seconds.


“It feels really nice,” said Walters, drawing some playful jabs from Huffman at how understated she was.


“It’s really exciting, to get here to state and place in my first year,” Barr said.


Of course, with the makeup of the team – Byrd is the only senior, Huffman a junior, Walters a sophomore and Barr a freshman – they’re already serving notice that they’ll be back.


“Oh, it means very good things,” Huffman said. “We’ll only have to fill one spot next year. This year, we had to fill two, and obviously we succeeded in that with how well these two did. I’m pretty confident coach (Kurt) Snyder can find one more person and whip them into shape.”


Jones brought personal motivation into his 3,200 race.


“My uncle, Derek Jones, died about a month ago,” the sophomore said. “He was a big track enthusiast, broke a lot of records at Trotwood. One of my motivations was to come out and do it for him.”


Jones ran a solid race, too, holding his seed position by finishing 11th in 9:29.29.


“I met expectations,” Jones said. “I was kind of disappointed that I couldn’t make the podium in my sophomore year. I wanted to come out and show that I could do it. But I’m content with how I did.”


Jones, running in about eighth place early on, made a move up to third at the beginning of the third lap. But the competition caught up to him, and in the end he ran the final three laps with no one within 50 yards of him in either direction.


“I made the same move I did at the Wayne Invitational that helped me finish second and beat all of these guys but one,” Jones said. “I thought I could hold it, but it did not work out for me today.


“Obviously, since it’s the state finals and the venue is so well know, it drew a lot of fans. And it was so hot. I wasn’t ready for that. Next year, I’ve got to be more ready for the crowds and the heat. I was still in cross country mode for most of the season, and it messed with me today. But I was content with how I did.”


Contact Josh Brown at (937) 440-5251 or jbrown@civitasmedia.com, or follow @TroyDailySports on Twitter.


 
 
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