AUSTINTOWN -- The Greenmen will have a few track and field athletes at this week's Division I regional meet. Action takes place today (May 24) and May 26.
The local girls finished sixth out of 14 teams at the district meet, while the boys placed ninth. Solon won both the girls and boys team titles, with Geneva finishing second on the girls side and Austintown Fitch on the boys side.
Second-place and regional qualifying efforts on the first day of action last week at the district meet were turned in by the girls 4x800 relay team of Shelby Adler, Marissa Sesny and Olivia and Samantha Grohe (9:54.93), and Leah Angelo in the high jump (5-2).
Girls also qualified for the regional meet in two other events. Corinne Henderson placed second in the pole vault at 10-8 and Olivia Grohe placed third in the 1,600 at 5:20.61 to move on. The top four placers move on to the regional, while the top eight score team points in the district.
"Our team had a great week at a very competitive district meet," said girls coach Ricky Buoncore. "Wednesday started off with a couple very exciting performances. And then on Friday Henderson bested her own school record in the pole vault."
Chayanne Conley just missed qualifying in the shotput, taking fifth place in a personal best 36-1 3/4 on the first day of action. The boys 4x800 relay team of David Meredith, Henry Rees, Robbie Taylor and Donovan Boyle placed fifth, but missed out on qualifying for the regional, with a time of 8:19.98. Also taking fifth was Samantha Grohe in the 3,200 (season's best of 11:48.01)
Karson Lund tied for sixth place, earning the team 2 points, and Robby Albrecht tied for ninth in the pole vault, both going 11-4.
Other sixth-place finishes were by Brandon Howard in the 110 hurdles (15.5) and 300 hurdles (41.78), Katy Fellenstein the 1,600 (5:28.81), Lexie Mehallis in the 400 dash (1:03.8), Robby Lamport in the 400 dash (52.81), Karson Zabell in the 3,200 (personal best of 11:55.56), Taylor in the 3,200 (9:59.16) sand the girls 4x400 relay of Sesny, Morgan Riedel, Mehallis and Adler (4:16.58).
Placing seventh were Zach Gerber in the 110 hurdles (15.6), Rees in the 1,600 (4:39.72) and Boyle in the 800 (1:59.56)
Placing eighth were Adler in the 800 (2:24.04) and the boys 4x400 relay of Meredith, Boyle, Lamport and Howard (3:37.67)). Howard just missed scoring a point in the long jump, finishing ninth in 18-10 3/4, while Henderson tied for 10th in the high jump at 4-8.
It's tough to see so many girls come so close to advancing, but they had their best performances of the season which is all you can ask for. These kids have worked so hard this year and it really showed this week.
We are looking forward to next week, and hopeful we can get some kids down to the State meet in Columbus.
"It's tough to see so many girls come so close to advancing, but they had their best performances of the season, which is all you can ask for," said Buoncore. "These kids have worked so hard this year and it really showed this week.
"We are looking forward to this week, and hopefully we can get some kids down to the state meet in Columbus."
Field events will start at 5 p.m. today and May 26, with running events starting at 6 p.m. The top four qualifiers advance to the state meet June 2-3 at the Jesse Owens Track Stadium on the Ohio State University campus.
Action in Columbus begins at 4:40 p.m. on June 2 and noon June 3. The facility is north of the Shottenstein Center and OSU baseball stadium.