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Tigers’ Gantz punches ticket to state meet

Junior places fourth in shot put on opening day of Division III regionals

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ABOVE: West Liberty-Salem’s Conner Karg races around the turn during the boys 1,600 relay prelims Wednesday at the Division III regional meet in Troy. BELOW: Triad’s Seth Donohoe competes in the finals of the boys long jump. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: West Liberty-Salem’s Madison Gantz launches her state-qualifying toss in the girls shot put competition Wednesday at the Division III regional meet in Troy. Gantz placed fourth with a throw of 35-3 1/2 to earn a trip to the state meet. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | AARON LaBATT)

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TROY — The smallest of margins can often make the biggest difference.

Three inches was the deciding factor here Wednesday that sent West Liberty-Salem junior Madison Gantz to the Division III state track and field meet.

Gantz placed fourth in the girls shot put at the Troy regional meet with a toss of 35-3 1/2 in the finals. The fifth-place throw was 35-0 1/2.

The top four in each event qualify to the state tournament next week in Columbus.

“It feels great to make the state meet,” said Gantz. “I never thought I’d get to this point. It was just the Lord’s plan. I went into it humble, hoping I would make it and feeling like I had nothing to lose.

“I’ve never been to the regional before, so this is all exciting. The Lord worked through me today.”

Gantz earned a spot in the finals and on her second throw, launching the shot put 35-3 1/2. After her distance was announced, Gantz felt good about her chances of qualifying to state.

“I felt I made it after that throw,” said Gantz. “It wasn’t my best, but it was a good throw. I was very relieved after that.”

 

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