LEXINGTON — The type of jump changed. The result was the same.
Vermilion senior Hannah Bartlome simply knows how to come through in regional track competition.
Bartlome won the Division II, Region 6 long jump title Saturday with a mark of 18 feet, 3 inches.
It was Bartlome’s third career regional championship. The previous two were in high jump the last two years. She finished second in the event Thursday.
Although she long jumped about 20 times in her high school career, this was only the second year Bartlome did it in the postseason. Her best mark came in the first round of finals, but her first jump of the day (17-1¾) would have carried her to a championship.
“I realized I most likely was going to win anyway so if I fouled it wasn’t that big of a deal. I just went for it,” Bartlome said. “It seemed to me like I kept my speed up through the board, so that carried me farther instead of slowing down and trying to be on the board.”
She jumped 16-9½, 17-4¾, 17-3½ and 17-0½ in her other regional jumps. Bartlome won the Midview district with a meet-record 18-7¼. She jumped 18-5½, 18-4, 17-4 and 18-6 in the other district rounds, so she knew she had a better jump to reach back for heading into the finals at Lexington.
“My event coach (Dave Domonkos) said I was striding then stuttering prior to my takeoff in my earlier jumps,” said Bartlome, the No. 2-ranked long jumper in Ohio for Division II. “I wasn’t fast going into the pit, but with my 18-footer I definitely was. I just did my normal thing. I just popped a good one.”
Keystone senior Jenna Quillen qualified to the state meet in three events and teammate Emily Peters advanced in two.
Quillen was second in the long jump at 16-9½. It was only her third career meet for long jump. Her best jump of the day came in the second round of finals and moved her up from third.
Quillen qualified fourth in the 100-meter (15.78) and 300-meter hurdles (45.80). It’s the second straight year she advanced to state in the 300 hurdles.
“I was very nervous for both of my hurdle events,” she said. “I went over the first hurdle in the 300s with the wrong lead leg (her right), but in a race you can’t think that you’re done because of one mistake. You have to go after it and finish strong.
“The 300 hurdles were my best shot today so my focus was primarily in that event. It feels really great, especially since both Emily and I qualified. I’m happy, but we know we both have work to do. We think we can make a better impact at state.”
Peters qualified third in the 100 meters (12.75), right in front of Brookside junior Tyler Holley (12.78), who nailed down the fourth and final spot. Peters was the No. 4 qualifier in the 200 (25.90) as she earned her second straight state ticket for that event.
“It feels good. It’s exciting,” she said. “Race conditions were nice today. I knew the 200 was my stronger race, so the 100 was a pleasant surprise. I felt like I got out well with my starts today. I spent a lot of time working on blocks in practice. It paid off today.”
Peters finished seventh in the 200 at last year’s state meet, but was only a regional semifinalist in the 100.
“It’s very exciting to make it in the 100,” she said. “I’m very happy about it. I can’t wait until next weekend.”
Holley was seeded No. 5 in the 100-meter final at 13.04. She beat out No. 4 seed Alexya Peoples (12.87), a sophomore from Columbus East, for the final qualifying berth. Holley is the first Brookside girl to qualify for state track since Justina Pelcic advanced in the 100 hurdles in 2002.
“It feels amazing,” said Holley, a three-time regional qualifier for the 100. “Usually this doesn’t happen at Brookside. It’s obviously an honor. I knew I could run faster than my seed time. I was just hoping I could push through it and get to state.
“I’ve always struggled with my starts. I usually play catch-up. I knew that with these caliber girls it wouldn’t fly with them. They’re all amazing runners. I had to get out strong and hard.”
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