Only one area competitor qualified Thursday from the Division II regional track meet at Ravenna High School to the state meet, while another state-tested competitor suffered the unkindest cut of all.

Harvey long jumper Richard Murnyak qualified to the state meet at 10 a.m. June 2 at Ohio State University's Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. He earned the third of four qualifying spots in each event by jumping 21-2.

Jefferson high jumper Kelcie Hellmer, the sixth-place finisher in that event at last year's Division II state meet, will not be returning this year. She just missed qualifying for a return trip by finishing fifth at 5-4.

Harvey discus thrower Chris Crawford placed in his event, but his throw of 147-9 was only good for eighth place.

Severe thunderstorms cut short the day's action at Ravenna with preliminaries of the 1600-meter relay left to be run. That will be part of the action when the meet resumes Saturday at 11:30 a.m.

Several area athletes did advance to running-event finals, which begin at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Conneaut hurdler Jake Lundin reached the finals of the 300-meter intermediate hurdles with a time of 40.4.

Harvey advanced Maurice Warren in the 400-meter dash in 50.41 and its 400-meter relay of Clifford Jefferson, Chris Lee, Robert Jackson and Trenton Rothschuh in 44.7.

Despite fine performances in a couple events, Edgewood had a tough day. Kevin Nelson had a personal best in the pole vault at 11-6, but that was only good for ninth. Colton Hutton was just behind Nelson with a jump of 11-0.

The Warriors' 3200-meter relay of Travis Isenberg, Luigi Gonzalez, Cody Chabola and Jake King was 10th in 8:17.0. Todd Wheeler just missed reaching the finals of the 300-meter intermediate hurdles, finishing fifth in his preliminary heat in 40.73. Only the first four finishers in each heat advanced to the finals.

- Karl Pearson

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