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Haushalter, Johnson headed to state

DAYTON — Bellefontaine was hoping to advance at least one girl to the Division I state track and field meet on Friday.

Instead, it got two.

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FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Bellefontaine’s Alexa Haushalter competes in the pole vault competition at the district meet earlier this season. Haushalter finished fourth at the regional meet to qualify to state. ABOVE: Bellefontaine’s Brenda Johnson heaves the eventual winning throw of the girls shot put competition during the Division I regional meet Friday at Welcome Stadium in Dayton. Johnson won the regional title with a distance of 41-1 1/4. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | AARON LaBATT)

Senior Alexa Haushalter and sophomore Brenda Johnson both placed in the top four here Friday evening at the Division I regional meet inside Welcome Stadium.

That marks 33 consecutive years the Chieftains have qualified someone to the state track and field meet.

“We are also tickled that it keeps our streak alive of sending kids to the state meet,” said BHS head coach Ben Davis. “We’re elated to get two and not just one girl to the Division I meet. That is a tremendous achievement for our girls program.”

“It’s never a sure thing, but Brenda really came through for us and Alexa did an incredible job to battle the weather and qualify as a senior.”

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