North athletes, East relay teams earn call-backs for regional

Columbus North’s Natalie Rohm competes in the 300-meter hurdles at Tuesday’s Franklin Sectional. Rohm, who finished fourth, earned a call-back to the Shelbyville Regional.

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Several Columbus North and Columbus East girls track and field athletes have earned call-backs to Tuesday’s Shelbyville Regional after finishing fourth, fifth or sixth in an event in the Franklin Sectional.

The top three in each event automatically qualified for regional. Beyond that, the next-best four times or distances from the four feeder sectionals also advance to reach a field of 16 in each event. Although the Franklin Sectional took place on Tuesday, the Warren Central, East Central and Connersville Sectionals were not contested until Wednesday after they were postponed on Tuesday.

Columbus East’s Gabbie Meier, right, hands off to Claire Behnke in the 4×100-meter relay in Tuesday’s Franklin Sectional. The Olympians, who finished sixth, earned a call-back to the Shelbyville Regional.

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North athletes earning call-backs are Sierra Newell in the pole vault, Avery Johnson in the high jump, Kyleigh Wolf in the 1,600, Ava Collier in the 400 and Natalie Rohm and Lily Miller in the 300 hurdles. The Bull Dogs also got a call-back in the 4×400 relay, and East earned call-backs in the 4×100 and 4×400 relays.

A few North athletes already had qualfied with top-three finishes on Tuesday, including Carys Glyn-Jones in the 1,600 and 800, Emerson Chambers in the 100 hurdles and Macy Eaton in the 3,200. The Bull Dogs also had qualified in the 4×800 and 4×100 relays.