COLUMBUS — The Nelsonville-York Buckeyes advanced four athletes to the preliminary rounds of the 2019 OHSAA Division III State Track and Field Championships on Friday.

Those four athletes all punched their tickets to Saturday's final.

The Buckeyes enjoyed a good showing in the first day of events inside Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus as Justin Perry, Keegan Wilburn, Ethan Bohyer and Courtnee Heskett all advanced. 

Perry, a senior, advanced in two events. He started the morning in the 110 meter hurdles and finished third in his heat. Perry's time of 15.20 seconds ultimately was the fifth-best after two heats, qualifying him for the finals. 

In all of Friday's preliminary races, the top two from each heat and the next best five times advanced to Saturday's finals. Nine of the 18 from each event make it to the finals. 

Perry will run in the 110 meter hurdle finals on Saturday at 9:35 a.m. The top eight earn all-Ohio honors and earn a spot on the podium. 

Perry also advanced in the 300 meter hurdles. He took the ninth and final qualifying spot with a time of 40.47 seconds. 

He was just ahead of Newcomerstown junior Hunter Garretson's time of 40.74 seconds. 

The 300 meter hurdles will be contested on Saturday at 10:40 a.m. 

Wilburn, a junior, qualified in the 100 meter dash. His time of 11.24 seconds was good enough to take the ninth and final spot in Saturday's field. 

Wilburn was just ahead of Fairlawn sophomore Jackson Jones, who ran in 11.26 seconds. 

The 100 meter finals will run at 9:40 a.m. on Saturday. 

Bohyer, a senior, continued his track and field career to the final day after placing second in his heat in the 400 meter prelims. 

Bohyer posted a time of 50.14 seconds, as the second-place finish in his heat automatically clinched a spot in the finals. 

The 400 finals is scheduled to run at 10:35 a.m. on Saturday. 

Heskett had a big jump from her regional time to earn a spot in the 200 meter finals. The sophomore ran a 26.38 second time in the regional rounds, which was the 18th time out of 18 runners coming into Friday. 

However, Heskett out-performed that standing on Friday. Running from lane one, she posted a time of 26.02 seconds. That was the sixth-best time in the field, and puts her in Saturday's finals. 

The 200 meter finals will be at 11:25 a.m. on Saturday. 

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