The Aurora boys track and field team finished in a tie for 32nd place with five points at the Division I, Region 1 meet, which concluded Friday at Austintown-Fitch High School’s Falcon Stadium.
Solon won the 44-team competition with 67 points.
The Greenmen received one invitation to the state competition.
Senior Graham Aldredge advanced after placing fourth with a time of 38.47 seconds in the 300-meter hurdles.
"I couldn't be more proud of the tenacity Graham Aldredge showed in his 300-meter hurdle race," Aurora head coach Chris Radtke said. "He was the number one seed going in and was in the lead coming down the home stretch."
The top four athletes and top four relay teams advanced to the state competition, which is scheduled for May 31 and June 1 at The Ohio State University’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.
If Aldredge was going to punch his ticket to Columbus, he had to exorcise a few minor demons that had played with his mind in previous races.
"If there was a spot in that race that has challenged Graham this year, it was hurdle seven and eight," Radtke said. "And in the finals, it was no different.
But Graham was able to dig deep and not let those barriers, physical and mental, defeat him. The field caught him, but he was not going to be denied a trip to the state meet.
"That's what makes Graham so special and makes coaching him so enjoyable. There is no quit in him."
Aldredge is the first Greenman male to reach the state meet since 2011. He is set to compete May 31 at 6:45 p.m.
"He already owns the school record and I know he would love to improve upon the quality of his race and beat his record time when we get to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium," Radtke said. "After four years of working with him, there's no denying how very proud I am of all he has accomplished and will still accomplish, wearing an Aurora jersey."