Several qualify for state tourney

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By Jessica Veatch and Josh Veatch

Thursday evening, the Marion County track teams competed in the regional meet in Elizabethtown. Six individuals and two relay teams qualified for competition at the state level. The state track meet will be held tomorrow at the University of Louisville.
Two days before the regional meet, sophomore standout Brooks Divine was medically cleared to return to the team.
However, Divine was only cleared to compete in sprinting events and not the pole vault. Divine had been out since April 29 when he injured his neck after taking a fall in the pole vault event at Elizabethtown, the same location where the regional track meet was held. Divine competed in the 300-meter hurdle event, and captured second place, which qualified him for state competition in that event with a time of 42.24 seconds.  
Natavia Young jumped 15’ 6.25” in the long jump event, good for the top spot, and had a distance of 33’ in the triple jump event. The triple jump distance was good for second place, and both finishes were good enough to qualify for state competition in both events.  
Other girls team members who qualified for state competition are Brooklyn Burnside and Tamyra McElroy. Burnside finished the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:05.26, good for third place. McElroy took fourth place in the shot put with a distance of 32’.
Along with Divine, two individual boys and two boys relay teams qualified for state competition. Kendal Taul qualified with a fourth place finish in the triple jump with a distance of 40’ 10”. Scott Hunt finished the 400-meter dash with a time of 53.2 seconds to qualify for state competition.  
The boys 4 x 100 meter relay of Kendal Taul, Jordan Bell, Denny Thompson, and Chris Gaither qualified for state with a first place finish in 45.09 seconds.  Scott Hunt, Denny Thompson, Brooks Divine, and Justin Dawson also qualified for state with a time of 3:36.94 and a second place finish in the 4 x 400 meter relay event.