River’s Caldwell, Isaly Set for Ohio State Track and Field Championship
LANCASTER, Ohio – The dream of reaching the Ohio High School Athletic Association State Track and Field Championship became a reality last week for several area competitors.
A handful of others came up just short of earning a trip to the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of the Ohio State University as regional action wrapped up at Fairfield Union.
A relay team and 11 individuals will make the trip to Columbus next week as the chase of an All-Ohio finish enters its final week.
The River girls will be represented in two events.
Junior All-Ohioan Abby Caldwell will return to the state capital in search of another medal as she enters the 100-meter dash and 300 meter low hurdles.
She blazed the field in the 100, posting a 12.37 to win the regional title. In the lows, which is what she placed in a season ago, Caldwell grabbed the fourth and final spot with a 46.17.
The lone Pilots boy to make the trip is talented freshman Lukas Isaly.
Despite playing shortstop on the baseball team much of the spring, Isaly has turned it up a notch the last two weeks. He qualified in the 300 hurdles, posting a 41.48 to finish fourth.
Bellaire will send a six-person delegation in two events on the boys’ side and an individual girl.
The Big Reds were the lone area Division III team to qualify a relay to the state meet.
Their 1,600 team of Chase Yoho, Trenton Gibson, Anthony Piper and Deondre Burney turned in a solid 3:31.02 to finish fourth and advance.
They dropped 4 seconds from their qualifying mark.
The other Big Reds – Dylan Marling and Tylar Eden – both advanced during Wednesday’s action.
Senior Melissa Cordy finished fourth to advance in the pole vault by clearing 9-feet, 6-inches.
St. John Central’s girls will send a trio of competitors in a pair of events.
Junior Lindsey Froehlich enters as a regional champion after winning the discus throw with a mark of 121-2 to earn her first trip to the state meet. She’ll be joined in the discus cage by senior Gabrielle Santinoceto, who departed Fairfield Union with a silver medal thanks to a mark of 120-9.
Junior Jessica Alvey’s transition to the 800 has been impressive this spring. She’ll get another chance at the two-lap race after placing fourth with a solid time of 2:18.28
Barnesville will send one boy and one girl to the state meet.
The Shamrocks will enter senior distance ace Mason Moore in the 1,600 after he finished fourth in the regional with a 4:28.96.
That mark is an impressive 8 seconds faster than he ran a week ago in the district. Junior Shayla Markovich earned her trip to Columbus during Wednesday’s action. She was third in the shot put with a mark of 36-1 1/4.
Bridgeport senior Briana Massey extended her season to the state level for the fourth consecutive season.
And for the second straight year, she’ll compete in the long jump.
After reaching the state final, but coming up just short of a medal,
Massey returns to Jesse Owens with a regional bronze medal after she marked at 16-3.