LANCASTER — It was a good day to be a Freddie, or a Trojan.
Fredericktown and Centerburg athletes competed in the final day of Division III regionals at Fairfield Union High School on Friday. For most of them, their season will continue on to the state tournament next weekend.
Fredericktown’s day began and ended, literally, with the effort of Nathan Cubbage.
The senior started the day off at the high jump, where he qualified as the regional runner-up with a jump of 6-foot-3.
“I could have jumped better,” Cubbage said after the event. “My goal was to come down here and qualify for the state meet, then peak and get a new P.R. at the state meet.”
Three hours later, a rested Cubbage anchored Fredericktown’s 4x400-meter relay team in the final race of the day. When Clay Riley handed Cubbage the baton, the Freddies were fifth. One 400-meter run later, they finished second. Their time of 3:29.38 may be a school record.
“Everyone on the team was running really well,” Cubbage said. “They all did their part. Clay out-kicked everyone in his leg. Then, once I got the baton, I had to kick it in the end.”
“I knew if I got us off to a pretty good start, we’d be alright,” said Max Miller, who ran the first leg. “All the other guys are seniors, and I know they’re leaving after this year. I wanted to have an opportunity to go all the way with all of them. They’re great teammates. And Cubbage is Superman.”
Cubbage passed one runner early on in his run. It took a last-second burst of speed to pass two more.