The St. Paul senior thrower, who has dominated the competition all spring, took things to a different level on Wednesday.
Competing in the discus throw at the Division III regional at Frost-Kalnow Stadium in Tiffin, Hedrick unleashed one of the top throws in the state to punch his ticket to Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus next weekend.
Entering with a seed of 168 feet, Hedrick’s fifth throw was good for a distance of 179-feet-5 inches. Not only was it 13 feet ahead of second place, but it was also a new school record, giving him the top mark in St. Paul history in both the discus and shot put.
Camille Endsley also earned a trip to state in the high jump for St. Paul. She finished second with an effort of 5-feet-1.
Also advancing to Columbus next week from the area on Wednesday included Monroeville’s Chayce Schaub in the long jump. He was also second at 21-feet-8.75. In the pole vault, New London’s Jacob Allen earned the fourth and final spot at 13-feet-8.
Both New London 4x800-meter relay teams advanced to Columbus as well. The girls team of Abigail Good, Dana Gustely, Kaylin Williams and Savannah Shaver placed second in 9:46.95. The boys team of Carson Coey, Mitchell Joppeck, Austin Reed and Curtis Joppeck was fourth in 8:11.20.
The running finals and remaining field events at the Tiffin regional will resume at 5 p.m. Friday.
Edison earns SBC title share
MILAN — The Edison boys tennis team beat Oak Harbor, 4-1, on Wednesday to finish the season as SBC Bay Division co-champions with Port Clinton.
For Edison (16-3, 13-1), Lincoln Meredeith won at first singles in three sets (0-6, 6-4, 10-5). Nate Spence won at second singles (6-2, 6-4), while Brody Yost fell at second singles (6-0, 6-4).
At first doubles, Carter Kramer and Kaleb Yoder won in straight sets (6-0, 6-1), as did the No. 2 doubles team of Jacob Lombardi and Noah Pulaski (6-1, 6-2).