LEXINGTON — For Highland junior Amanda Mosier, Thursday’s meet was a chance to extend her season.
For the Utica track and field competitors, it was a day they’d like to forget.
Mosier finished fourth in the second heat of the girls 100-meter hurdles at the Division II regional meet at Lexington High School. Her time of 15.83 was good enough for sixth overall, qualifying her for Saturday’s finals.
“You just have to be really focused,” said Mosier after her run. “But I’m really nervous. I did a lot of hard work to get to this point. But, it went good.”
Mosier will be joined in Saturday’s event by Logan Ebersole, who will run in the boys 3200.
Highland’s other competitor on Thursday, Shawn Beltz, finished 10th in the boys 300 hurdles with a time of 41.59.
The Utica Redskins’ best chance to advance to Saturday’s finals disappeared in the blink of an eye. The magical run of the boys 4x100 relay team, which beat out perennial powerhouse Heath for a spot at regional, ended when the team lost control of the baton.
It happened just after the baton was passed after the first 100 meters. It appeared the Utica runner’s arm may have collided with another runner, or it may have just slipped out. In the mass of runners at the exchange, it may never be known.
“Today just wasn’t the day for us,” said Artie Douglas, who was set to anchor the 4x100 but simply walked off the track when he saw the baton go flying. “Obviously, that bad handoff was a killer for us. I feel down right now.”
Utica’s fortunes turned sour from the National Anthem.
Kyle Knezovich failed to make a successful jump when the pole vault competition began at 12-foot-0 — a full foot above his season high. The boys 4x200 relay finished 14th, despite running only a second slower than last week’s district meet run. Douglas showed a flash of hope by qualifying for the final heat in the long jump, but fell short with a distance of 20-foot-6 1/2. He would have needed at least another foot to qualify for state.