After one weekend of postseason competition, four Suburbanite-area schools still have track and field athletes competing and all four have advanced multiple competitors to the regional level. Jenae Linville of Lake Center Christian and Morgan Estes of Green are both on track to make return trips to the state championships in Columbus
After one weekend of postseason competition, four Suburbanite-area schools still have track and field athletes competing and all four have advanced multiple competitors to the regional level. Jenae Linville of Lake Center Christian and Morgan Estes of Green are both on track to make return trips to the state championships in Columbus; Estes to defend her Division I girls pole vault title and Linville hoping to make a run at a state championship in the shot put and discus after competing injured last season and failing to medal.
North Canton Division I district meet
The Green girls continued their relay success and middle-distance dominance and also received contributions in the field events to send 13 competitors on to the Austintown Fitch Division I regional meet. Estes easily won the pole vault at 11-6 and will be joined at the regional meet by sophomore teammate Alissa Jenkins, who cleared 9-6 to place third at the district meet. Freshman Olga Branney, who has been a consistent scorer in the high jump all season long, cleared 5-6 to claim first in the event by two inches.
Senior Erika Rector followed up her Suburban League championship in the 800 with a district title in the event, crossing the finish line in 2:16.57. She also ran the anchor leg for the 4x400 relay team, which finished second behind Perry with a time of 4:05.71 to move on. Rector, freshmen Raina Rotondo and Natalia Just and junior Emily Hooker added eight points to the team total for the Bulldogs, who finished sixth in the team standings with 65 points.
Hooker was also one half of a Green sweep in the 400 as the only girl to break the one-minute barrier at 58.25. Her victory in the event was matched by freshman James Angel, whose time of 51.25 gave him a district title to pair with the Suburban League championship he won the previous weekend. He will be joined at the regional meet by 110-meter hurdlers Tanner Vinciguerra (15.27) and Carson Corle (15.32), the second- and third-place finishers, respectively.
The Bulldogs also advanced in the boys 4x400 relay as the quartet of Angel, Brad Kitchen, Seth Wieland and Blair Thompson paced the field in 3:27.88. Kitchen also secured a spot at the regional meet in the long jump with a fourth-place result in the long jump (21-2).
The Lake Blue Streaks posted positive results of their own while competing on the home track of Federal League rival North Canton Hoover. Two Lake athletes won district titles, with sophomore Jacob Kernell edging out Wooster’s Zach Humrichhouser for first place in the 3,200. Kernell’s time of 9:33.03 was two seconds better than Humrichhouser, but the two will duel again at regionals. On the girls’ side, junior Alexandria Gower continued a record-breaking season with a winning throw of 114-03 in the discus to add a district title to her resume. Other Lake athletes to advance to the regional meet included: the boys’ 4x800 relay team (Dakota Noble, Jordon Smith, Zach Booth and Kernell), Garrett Holbaugh (pole vault) Jaylyn Vance (long jump), Laura Tweedie (3,200) and Jade Smith (1,600).
Page 2 of 3 - Lake finished tied for eighth in the girls' team standings with 45 points and seventh in the boys’ standings with 53 points.
Coventry narrowly missed on advancing its boys 4x200 relay team to the regional meet, missing out on a top-four finish by .53 seconds.
Salem Division II district meet
Manchester will send seven athletes to the Bedford Division II regional meet, led by a quartet of seniors from the boys team. Senior hurdler Jamar Dukes placed third in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.96, one of three third-place results for the Panthers. Fellow senior Bryan Daily, the PAC-7 champion in the 3,200, matched Dukes’ finish in his signature event with a time of 10:11.88 to secure his spot at regionals.
Logan Hull (discus) also advanced, finishing behind Anthony Shivers of Salem and Connor Sharp of West Branch. Shivers smashed the previous district record by nearly 8 feet with a throw of 196-3. Mark Sobnosky's first-day performance in the pole vault (fourth) secured his spot at regionals and senior Larry Becker rounded out the Manchester boys’ contingent moving on to Bedford by finishing fourth in the 800.
They will be joined by two members of the girls team, both in the field events. Sophomore Brittni Porter was one of two athletes to emerge after a five-way tie in the high jump. Because of a lesser number of fouls at lower heights, Porter’s final jump of 4-9 was good for the final qualifying spot. Teammate Megan Morrison moved on thanks to her third-place result in the pole vault.
Norwayne Division III district
The Lake Center Christian Tigers will send a mix of the familiar and the new on to the regional meet at Fairless High School. Senior thrower Jenae Linville, the favorite entering the district meet in her signature event, the discus, did not break her own district record set last year, but won by more than 25 feet. Her best throw of 140-3 earned 10 points for the Tigers and put her one step closer to a return trip to Columbus.
Her quest for a state title was hampered by a leg injury last season, but the diminutive Linville is hoping to erase those memories this season. At 5-foot-5, she typically gives up size to her competitors but makes up for it with technique. She also placed second in the shot put, losing out to Rootstown’s Dawn Freeland. Linville’s top throw of 39-4.25 was more than four feet better than her seed throw, but not enough to outdo Freeland.
Unlike previous trips to the regionals, Linville will have company in the form of the LCCS boys 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams. Three runners are a member of both teams and sophomores Joey Zavarelli, Aaron Schultz and Wade Kyser helped propel the 4x100 team to a fourth-place finish and the 4x200 team to a third-place result. Seniors Trevor Rainieri (4x100) and Anthony Wagner (4x200) round out two relay squads, both of which improved their qualifying times with their finals performances.
Page 3 of 3 - “They really had a good day,” LCCS head coach Wayne Schultz said. “Their preliminary times were a bit off because one of the guys was sick that day, but Joey (Zavarelli) came back the following day and their times definitely improved.The guys were definitely excited and hyped for this, looking back at history of school, only one boy has ever made it to regionals, Denver Coblentz, so this is quite an honor for these guys.”
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