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Regional prelims and fireworks to end it!!!

Posted Wednesday, May 25, 2011 by Mike Hout
Weather is the common theme this year.  The regional preliminaries continued right along with that.  There was wind blowing all night across the Welcome Stadium football field.  It made things hard for the runners and caused havoc with the pole vaulters.

The good news is that our pole vaulter handled the wind pretty well.  We will get back to that but first let's talk about the hard working 4x800 boys team.  They gave it their all but slowly succombed to the deep middle distance teams from our area and Cincinnati.  Congrats on a great opening leg and getting us in first place, Donnie Whyte.  This team has showed lots of spunk and drive all year.  We appreciate all the effort and hard work.  You have been fun to watch.

Congrats also to the girls 4x100 team.  I could not get a good view of the race and besides, I was busy at the pole vault.  They appeared to be competing very well with all the speedsters in our region.  Thanks, also, to our female sprinters for all the excitement you have given us throughout the year.  I don't know how you finished but the results should be posted at the site below sometime soon.

Tyler Ikert stopped by the vault runway to cheer for Zak Kruer and told us that he very nearly matched his pr in the discus and finished ahead of a few throwers.  It must have been quite a competition with the Centerville thrower setting a record in the 190 foot range.

The highlight of the meet for the Vikings of Miamisburg was the boys pole vault.  It was a nerve wracking back and forth battle as our Mr. Kruer struggled to maintin consistent steps and to plant his pole smoothly against a hard cross wind.  He was very nearly out of it at 13-6 but made a clutch last attempt vault that put him in the top five.  That vault seemed to settle him down.  From that point on he was golden, or should I say silver?  He made 13-9 on his first vault and then cleared 14-0.  He passed to 14-6 and had some good attempts but had to settle for 14-0 as his best.  It turned out that it was good enough for second and a place in the state meet finals at noon on June 4th.  That is my birthday and I am happy to have this birthday present.  Thanks, Zak!!! 

We now only have Michael Melko running for us in the finals on Friday.  He will be attempting to pull off a big upset in the 3200 meter run.  Good luck Michael!

Oh, by the way, we still do not know how the meet ended.  We got out of there as quickly as we could when our athletes were done and the crazy weather was rolling our way.  Both vans and Coach Hout's car struggled through torrents of rain and hail to get back to the 'Burg!

The weather prediction for Michael Melko looks much better for Friday.

Check the following site for results from the Regional prelims:
http://www.baumspage.com/rtrack/2011/4/res.htm

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