DAYTON — Tristen Cox gave it everything he had at the Dayton Division I regional discus competition Wednesday at Welcome Stadium.
And it was almost enough to get him to state.
Cox uncorked a throw of 151-7, besting his PR by more than six feet, on his second throw in prelims, which had him in fourth place going to finals.
But, Luke Doerger of Lebanon topped that on his final two throws to drop Cox to fifth and Cox could never improve on that PR.
“He threw a PR and he only missed going to state by one spot,” Piqua boys coach Scott Kaye said about the junior. “He had a lot of good throws that were just outside the sector (fouls). Sometimes it only takes one good throw and he had one tonight.”
Kaye looks forward to seeing what Cox can do next year.
“In his first full-year of throwing to get fifth at regionals,” Kaye said. “I think that is pretty impressive. The great thing about it is he is a junior and has another whole year of throwing.”
Piqua girls will also bring back two athletes with regional experience and bigger expectations.
Junior Ashley Ho was competing in the regional high jump for the second time, while freshman Jaelyn Furman was making her debut in the regional discus.
Ho matched a PR, clearing 5-2 and finished 11th, while Furman picked up some valuable experience in the discus.
She finished 15th with a throw of 79-0.
Piqua junior Andy Mayse will run in three events Friday at Welcome Stadium.
Mayse has the fast qualifying time in the 1,600 and 800 and also will run the 3,200.
His first race will be the 1,600 at 7:15 p.m.