Hurley reaches top of podium twice more


Hardesty finishes third in 800

By Robert Stegbauer - [email protected]



Hillsboro’s Austin Goolsby on the podium after placing runner-up in the pole vault.


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Lynchburg-Clay’s Bailey Leininger stands on the podium after competing in the shot put.


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Kaylee Hurley of McClain joins hands with her competitors on the podium on Saturday.


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Cody Hardesty receives his medal after coming in third at the state meet in the 800 meter run.


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Kaylee Hurley prepares to take off from the starting line in the seated 800 meter in which she won on Saturday


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McClain’s Cody Hardesty crosses the finish line in third place in the 800 meter run.


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Hillsboro’s Mackenzie Conlon gets over the last hurdle in the 300 meter race on Saturday.


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As the OHSAA Track and Field state tournament wrapped up on Saturday afternoon, two more Highland County athletes found their way onto the podium at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, one of them three times.

McClain’s Kaylee Hurley had already won the state championship in the shot put on Friday, and competed in the seated 100, 400, and 800 on Saturday afternoon. First up for Hurley was the 800 which she won with a time of 3:07.21, a full second faster than second place. After getting champion in the 800, Hurley then raced in the 400, which she won in a landslide with a time over five seconds faster than her nearest competitor at 1:21.22 to give her her third championship at the state meet. In Hurley’s final race, the 100, she was just four tenths of a second from getting a fourth first place placing but come in as runner up with a time of 23.86.

Another McClain athlete, Cody Hardesty, competed in the 800 meter run on Saturday afternoon. As Hardesty finished the first of two laps in the 800, it looked as if he kept pace with the other runners, he would be able to podium as he was right in the middle of the pack at fifth or sixth place. But in the final turn of the final lap, Hardesty found another gear and as he went up the final straightaway, pushed himself up into a third place finish for the event. His time of 1:54.62 was just a second behind the first place time of 1:53.38.

Hillsboro’s Mackenzie Conlon also competed in the finals on Saturday afternoon, running in the 300 meter hurdles. Unfortunately, he was unable to make it to the podium, placing ninth in the event with a time of 40.29.

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Hillsboro’s Austin Goolsby on the podium after placing runner-up in the pole vault.
http://timesgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Goolsby-1.jpgHillsboro’s Austin Goolsby on the podium after placing runner-up in the pole vault. Robert Stegbauer | The Times-Gazette

Lynchburg-Clay’s Bailey Leininger stands on the podium after competing in the shot put.
http://timesgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Bailey.jpgLynchburg-Clay’s Bailey Leininger stands on the podium after competing in the shot put. Robert Stegbauer | The Times-Gazette

Kaylee Hurley of McClain joins hands with her competitors on the podium on Saturday.
http://timesgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_HurleyPod.jpgKaylee Hurley of McClain joins hands with her competitors on the podium on Saturday. Robert Stegbauer | The Times-Gazette

Cody Hardesty receives his medal after coming in third at the state meet in the 800 meter run.
http://timesgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_HardestyPod.jpgCody Hardesty receives his medal after coming in third at the state meet in the 800 meter run. Robert Stegbauer | The Times-Gazette

Kaylee Hurley prepares to take off from the starting line in the seated 800 meter in which she won on Saturday
http://timesgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Hurley-2.jpgKaylee Hurley prepares to take off from the starting line in the seated 800 meter in which she won on Saturday Robert Stegbauer | The Times-Gazette

McClain’s Cody Hardesty crosses the finish line in third place in the 800 meter run.
http://timesgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Hardesty-2.jpgMcClain’s Cody Hardesty crosses the finish line in third place in the 800 meter run. Robert Stegbauer | The Times-Gazette

Hillsboro’s Mackenzie Conlon gets over the last hurdle in the 300 meter race on Saturday.
http://timesgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Conlon-3.jpgHillsboro’s Mackenzie Conlon gets over the last hurdle in the 300 meter race on Saturday. Robert Stegbauer | The Times-Gazette
Hardesty finishes third in 800

By Robert Stegbauer

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