Lebanon junior Casey Berberich all but wrapped up another medal in the long jump and ran a leg on the Greyhounds 3,200 meter relay team that qualified for the finals as she led the way for local athletes on Thursday during the preliminaries of the Class 1A Girls State Track Meet at O’Brien Stadium in Charleston.
Berberich, who placed fourth in the long jump a year ago with a leap of 17 feet, 10 1/2 inches, is currently tied for fifth place after a jump of 16 feet, 9 1/2 inches on Thursday.
One of 11 jumpers still in the competition, Berberich will jump three more times in the finals on Saturday as she tries to catch leader Jenny Kimbro of Salt Fork High School. Kimbro jumped 17 feet, 8 1/4 inches on Thursday.
Berberich is the lone Class 1A individual from the metro-east who qualified for the finals on Friday. Keri Burmester, of Red Bud, and Brittnie Bartling, of Nashville, will run in the 3,200 meters on Saturday. There are no preliminaries in the 3,200 meters.
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Lebanon qualifies in 3,200 meter relay
Berberich will also run on Lebanon’s 3,200 meter relay team which advanced into the finals on Saturday. The Greyhounds had the 10th best time of 10 minutes, 4.3 seconds.
Members of the Greyhounds 3,200 meter relay team include Berberich, Jessica Jennings, Madison Schoenfeld and Brittney Nigh. No relay team from Lebanon has ever won a state medal. The top nine teams in the finals will be on the medal stand.
Class 2A and Class 3A prelims
Preliminaries in Class 2A will begin at 8 a.m. on Friday at O’Brien Stadium, while Class 3A athletes take the field at noon. The finals in all three classes are set for Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.