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Wesleyan boys win region championship

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Photo by Brandon Brigman

ALPHARETTA — Wesleyan’s 1,600-meter relay team placed second to earn a trip to the state meet and clinch the Region 5-A track and field championship on Tuesday at Mount Pisgah.

“It was really pretty awesome that we were able to win this meet,” Wesleyan coach Chad McDaniel said. “We only had two region champs and two runner-ups. We won what everyone calls the hardest region in Class A.”

Wesleyan had a 21⁄2-point lead going into the final race of the day. The 1,600 relay team of Zander Yost, Kyle Karempelis, Doug Mohne and Will Gregory ran a time of 3 minutes, 31.5 seconds to place second and clinch the title. It’s the second year Wesleyan has won region after claiming Region 7-A crown last season.

The Wolves finished with 101.5 points to edge out Our Lady of Mercy, which scored 93 points.

Yost won the region title the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.38 seconds on Tuesday. He will be joined by Wes Ayres and Merritt Hall at the state meet next week in Jefferson. Ayres won the region title in the pole vault and Hall was second in the discus on Monday.

“I’m extremely proud of the total team effort,” McDaniel said. “We had guys who knew they probably wouldn’t qualify for state still going all out. It’s a really tough group of kids.”