Stow-Munroe Falls senior Maria Cistone is headed to the Division I Regional Meet. Cistone qualified for regionals by virtue of her performance on the first day of the district meet last week.

The district meet took place May 17 and May 19 at Boliantz Stadium in Macedonia. Results from day two were not available at press time.

Cistone finished second in the high jump with a height of 5-2. "She was second to Hudson's Brynn Meyer," said Stow head coach Aaron Morris. "First place was decided by a jump-off that went 10 rounds."

The Stow girls were in third place after the first day of competition with 16 points. Nordonia was in first place with 22 points, and Hudson was right behind the Lady Knights with 20 points.

"Our team did as expected on the first day of competition," said Morris. "It looked a lot like the Suburban League Championships."

Freshman Rachel Pitcovich finished fifth in the high jump for Stow. She also competed in a jump-off.

"She cleared 5-0 for the first time, making this the 11th year in a row that we've had at least two 5-0 high jumpers on the same team," said Morris.

Sophomore Katie Hall finished seventh in the shot put with a heave of 33-10. That was her best effort of the season by nearly two feet.

Stow's 3,200 relay team also placed seventh in 10:32.39. The members of that squad were junior Tessa Pitcovich, senior Annaleigh Koch, junior Shelby Gluth, and sophomore Mackenzie Cassiday.

Senior Kayla Thompson advanced to the finals in the 100 high hurdles. She clocked the fastest qualifying time heading into the finals of the event.

In addition, sophomore Ariana Poteat qualified for the finals in both the 100 high hurdles and the 300 intermediate hurdles. She was seeded fifth in the former and first in the latter.

The top four individuals in each event and the top four relay teams will advance to the regional meet next week. Morris is optimistic that a lot of Lady Bulldogs will be able to qualify for the regional round of competition.

"We should do well in the events that we qualified to on Thursday," he said. "It's possible for both Kayla and (junior) Maddie Merlene to qualify for regionals in the long jump. Sara Kasper can qualify in the pole vault. Kayla should qualify in the 100 hurdles, and I'm excited to see if Ariana Poteat can do the same. She is very close to the fourth-place position.

"Ari also has a good chance in the 300 hurdles. She is looking very good in that event. Tessa Pitcovich and (junior) Sophi Perez could also qualify in the 3,200."


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