Proffitt claims regional pole vault title

Eight other Pickaway County athletes headed to state championships

CHILLICOTHE — Westfall’s Peyton Proffitt is making a return trip to the Division II state tournament next week. This time, the Westfall senior is carrying the title of regional champion with her.

Proffitt won the pole vault clearing 12 feet Saturday at Chillicothe High School. The last competitor, Proffitt took two attempts at 12′ 4-1/2″ and then took her last attempt at 12′ 5-1/2″ (which would have been a regional record).

Fellow Pickaway County athlete Tayla Tootle from Logan Elm will be returning to the state meet with Proffitt after she finished tied for second in the pole vault. The junior cleared 11’ 8”.

Circleville had a pair of athletes in the pole vault as well, with Emma Groff placing ninth and Payton Ford placing 12th— the top four in each event qualify to the state meet. 

Circleville’s Faith Yancey and Lily Winter will be busier than most at the state meet. 

Yancey, a sophomore, finished second in the 200 meters. 

Winter, a senior, took third in the 400 meters. 

Both are members of two Tiger relay teams that qualified to the state meet.

Circleville’s 800-meter relay team placed fourth to earn a spot in the state meet. Yancey and Winter were joined by Makya Cockerham and Addison Lowe on the relay team.

Circleville’s 1,600-meter relay also will be at the state meet after placing second. Winter, Yancey and Lowe were joined by Ellie Patrick for that race.

Three area athletes competed in the 800 meters with Circleville’s Patrick placing fifth, Westfall’s Caitlyn Shipley sixth and Logan Elm’s Camryn Ross coming in 13th.

In the 1,600 meters, Shipley placed fifth with Circleville’s Maddux Bigam placing eighth. 

Bigam placed 11th in the 3,200 meters. 

Logan Elm’s Annie Karshner placed sixth in the discus.

In the 100-meter hurdles, Logan Elm’s Annabelle Rutter placed 11th

Circleville’s Sydney Lattimer placed ninth in the long jump.

On Thursday, Circleville’s 3,200-meter relay team finished seventh and Logan Elm was 14th

Westfall’s Ashley Hegarty placed seventh in the high jump Thursday.

LE’s Olivia Adams placed 11th in the shot put on Thursday. 

In the boys’ pole vault, Westfall senior Tyler Shipley and Circleville junior Zach Buitendorp earned return trips to the state meet. Shipley cleared 14 feet to take third while Buitendorp cleared 13’ 4” to place fourth. 

LE’s Jude Braun finished ninth in the 400 meters while teammate Allen Boerner was 16th.

LE’s Nate Edge finished 10th in the 110-meter hurdles. 

Circleville’s 400-meter relay team wound up 13th.

In the boys’ 800-meter relay, Circleville finished 11th while Logan Elm took a spill on the final handoff and didn’t finish the race. 

Logan Elm’s 1,600-meter relay team was a place away from the state meet placing fifth. 

On Thursday, LE’s 3,200-meter relay team finished 16th.

Click here for complete meet results.

Steubenville won the girls meet with 66 point and Morgan was second with 63. Circleville placed seventh with 34 points, Westfall was 11th with 19 points and Logan Elm was 18th with 10 points. 

Steubenville also won the boys meet as the team compiled 61 points while Beaver Local was second with 50 points. Westfall finished 29th with six points, Circleville was 33rd with five points and Logan Elm was 37th with four points. 

The state championships will take place Friday and Saturday at Ohio State’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

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