FAIRFIELD — When it comes to qualifying for the state meet in Class D, field event athletes must place in the top two at the district meet or reach the qualifying distance or height.

Generally, a district will have a couple additional qualifiers that reached the necessary mark, but on Friday, at the Class D, District 6 meet, spectators at the pole vault got to see an incredible eight athletes reach the qualifying mark and punch their tickets to the state meet.

“It’s real fun because it gives you more competition and you get to see what it’s like at state,” said Bruning-Davenport/Shickley’s Aaron Mick, won the event after clearing a personal best 13 feet, 9 inches. “It always pushes me harder when there’s more competition. I got a PR (Friday) because there were two other kids jumping right there with me. It’s fun to be able to talk to them and get to know them.”

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