Seven Vikings in eight events are heading to the Regional Meet in track and field competition, with standout performances coming at the district level at Nelsonville-York on May 20 and 24.

Most of the regional qualifiers from Vinton County are back again from previous years. The top four finishers in each event at district finals advanced to regionals, as Vinton County earned two event championships.

Those who advanced will next compete at the Regional Meet on Thursday, May 29 and Saturday, May 31 at Muskingum College in New Concord.

Cassie McFadden advanced in three separate events, winning the 100-meter dash district championship for the second straight year (and tying a school record of 12.8 seconds). She also won the 200-meter dash and finished third in the long jump.

Wade Barney also continued his strong junior season, winning the 200-meter dash again at districts in breaking his own school record with a 22.65 finish. Barney also finished second place in the long jump to move on to regionals.

Other individual qualifiers include Mya Faris, back to the regional meet in the 800-meter run for the third straight year with a fourth place finish at districts. Ryan Slopko qualified in the pole vault again, having made it last season as well. His jump of 12 feet, 4 inches is a new person record, said Coach Jon Lindner.

The girls 4x100 meter relay qualified for a third straight year, with runners Katie Fee, Heather Remy, Lauren Mitchell and McFadden making it to regional competition. Mitchell, Remy and McFadden competed with that relay in two previous regional meets, said Coach Josh Kirkpatrick.

In total, the girls team finished sixth overall at districts out of 17 schools — the third straight year the team finished in the top six, Kirkpatrick said. The boys team finished eighth out of 15 schools.

VCHS Lady Vikings Top Eight Finishes — Top four qualify for regional competition

Cassie McFadden — 1st, 100-meter dash (12.8; ties school record); 1st, 200-meter dash (26.81); 3rd, long jump (15-feet-4.25)

Mya Faris — 4th, 800-meter run (2:27.24)

4x100 meter relay — 3rd, 52.95 (Katie Fee, Heather Remy, Lauren Mitchell, Cassie McFadden)

Lauren Mitchell — 5th, 110-meter hurdles (17.8); 7th, 300-meter hurdles (54.8)

Megan Dixon — 7th, 3200-meter run (12:56.83)

4x800 meter relay — 5th, 10:39.78 (Megan Dixon, Jen Case, Mya Faris, Karen Fite)

VCHS Vikings Top Eight Finishes — Top four qualify for regional competition

Wade Barney — 1st, 200-meter dash (22.65; new school record); 2nd, long jump (21-feet-3)

Ryan Slopko — 4th, pole vault (12-feet-4)

Brett Radabaugh — 5th, 3200-meter run (10:08.71)

Tyler Bartoe — 6th, 110-meter hurdles (17.08)

Wesley Yors — 8th, discus (120-feet-1)

4x800 meter relay — 8th, 9:02.87 (Wakiza Anderson, Brett Radabaugh, Alec Boothe, Lane Sharp)

Lady Vikings district team finish

1. Sheridan — 108 points

2. Fairfield Union — 106.50

3. Gallia Academy — 79

4. Chesapeake — 63

5. Warren — 50

6. Vinton County — 49

7. New Lexington — 48

8. Alexander — 35.50

9. South Point — 31

10. Fairland — 29

11. Bid. River Valley — 19

12. Meigs — 15

13. Nelsonville-York — 14

14. Rock Hill — 12

15. Oak Hill — 2

16. Wellston — 0

16. Ironton — 0

Vikings district team finish

1. Sheridan — 145.50

2. Gallia Academy — 104

3. Athens — 95

4. Warren — 94.50

5. Fairfield Union — 50

6. Fairland — 40

7. South Point — 35.50

8. Vinton County — 32

9. Bid. River Valley — 28

10. New Lexington — 17.50

11. Meigs — 9

12. Rock Hill — 7

13. Chesapeake — 4

14. Wellston — 0

14. Ironton — 0

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