After the Walsh Jesuit boys got shut out of the state meet last spring, senior pole vaulter Jack Francetic rectified that situation Division I regional meet at Austintown Fitch.

Francetic was set to have a couple of female state veterans joining him in Columbus.

Walsh senior Allie Stern earned her second trip to states in the pole vault. while senior Mary Figler earned her third trip to states in the 800-meter run. The Warriors also saw senior Nicole Charigo earn her first trip to states in the high jump,

All four Warriors were set to compete June 3 at the Division I state meet at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, but results were not available at press time.

In the team race at Austintown, which took place May 24 and 26, Walsh Jesuit girls finished in eighth place with 27 points. Twinsburg won the girls team title with 60 points.

The Warrior boys finished with nine points at regionals, tying with Willoughby South, Euclid and New Philadelphia for 24th place. Canton GlenOak won the boys team title with 58 points.

Charnigo finished as Walsh's lone regional champion, as she fought through cold and wet conditions May 24 to win the high jump.

Charnigo cleared 5 feet, 4 inches at Austintown. It was the same height cleared by Stow-Munroe Falls Mary Cistone and Tallmadge's Vanssa Lane, but Charnigo won as she needed fewer jumps to clear the height.

Charnigo also reached the finals in the 300-meter hurdles. She finished in eighth place with a time of 48.31 seconds.

Chanigo had much better conditions to work with May 26 in the long jump competition. However, her best jump of 15-feet-2.25 inches was good for 14th place.

Figler earned her third trip to states with a solid second place performance in the 800. Figler finished in 2:15.36, trailing only Lauren Dolak of Fitch, who won in 2:12.29.

The 800 was a bit of a sister affair for the Warriors, as freshman Amelia Figler finished in 11th place in 2:22.8.

Mary Figler also joined junior Bryn Reimer, sophomore Marissa Carr and senior Isabelle Penna on Walsh's 800-meter relay team. The quartets' time of 1:46.96 placed them 11th in the preliminaries and they did not reach the finals.

Meanwhile, Stern also finished second at regionals, as her best vault of 12-feet-4 gave her a six-inch cushion over third-place Kaitlyn Hawkins of Green in the pole vault.

Geneva's Deidra Marrison set a new regional record with a vault of 13-feet-1.5.

Stern also competed in the 100-meter hurdles at regionals. She did not reach the finals as he time of 15.77 was good for 13th place in the preliminaries.

On the boys side, Francetic also had to deal with lousy conditions May 24.

Francetic fought through it and was able to clear 14 feet. North Canton Hoover's Matt Peare won the even with a vault of 14-feet-4.

Francetic cleared the same height at Nordonia's Ray Kovalchick, but Kovalchick took place as he needed fewer vault to clear 14 feet. Francetic finished in third place.

Walsh boys' only other podium finish also came May 24, as the Warriors' 3,200-meter relay finished in sixth place. The team of junior Gabe Kornick, junior Gavin Gronowski, sophomore Nathaniel Ondracek and senior Nicholas Reimund finished in a time of 8:03.41.

Ondracek just missed reaching the podium in the 1,600-meter run, as he finished ninth in 4:31.32.

Kornick also competed in the open 800-meter run, but finished 12th in 2:00.02.

The Walsh boys 800-meter relay team of senior Steven Walko, sophomore Peter Calleri, senior Michael Maroney and senior Jordan Williams finished 14th in the preliminaries.

Williams, Calleri, Walko and senior Anthony Doljac joined forcing in the 400-meter relay, but their time of 44.33 seconds was good only for 11th place.

In the discus, senior Javon Colvin-Hatch finished 11th with a throw of 145-feet-11. Colvin-Hath also competed in the shot put, but he fouled on his first three attempts and did not register a distance.

Senior Sampson Clemens finished 14th in the high jump with lead of 5-feet-10.


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