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Wesleyan's Ayres, Hall qualify for state

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Photo by Brandon Brigman

ALPHARETTA — Wesleyan only had two state qualifiers, but it was good enough to give the Wolves a first-place lead at the Region 5-A boys track and field meet on Monday.

“We did really well,” Wesleyan coach Chad McDaniel said. “We’re in the lead after the first day, which is better than we thought.”

Wes Ayres won the pole vault title with a height of 14 feet, 3 inches. Merritt Hall placed second in the discus, setting the school record with a throw of 133-111⁄2.

Wesleyan had several third and four-place finishers narrowly missing qualifying for the state meet in Jefferson on May 5-7. The Wolves scored 44.5 points to edge out Eagle’s Landing Christian’s 44 points and Whifield’s 39 points in the 19-team region meet.

“We’re excited about where we are,” McDaniel said.

The meet at Mount Pisgah resumes today with the running finals.