The Walsh Jesuit track and field squads had a field day during their respective district meets.

Walsh's boys squad, under head coach Pat Ritchie, won the Division II district title May 19 at Jack Britt Stadium in Painesville. Walsh finished with 92.5 points, holding off challenges from University School (87 points) and Akron Buchtel (85).

The Warrior girls, under the leadership of coach Bill Barger, finished as the runner-up at the Division I district meet May 18 at Ravenna Stadium. Walsh scored 101.87 points, just three points behind champion Solon.

The Warrior boys were set to compete at the Division II regional meet May 24 and 26 at Ravenna, while the girls team was set to face the field at the Division I regional at Austintown Fitch May 23 and 25. Results from both meets were not available at press time.

The top four finishers in each event at regionals advance to the state meet June 1 and 2 at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.

At districts, the big star for the Warrior boys was junior Chris Barton. Barton pulled off the "sprint sweep" at Painesville, winning the 100, 200 and 400-meter dashes. Barton won the 100 in a time of 10.9 seconds; he took the 200 in a time of 22.1 seconds; and he scored the 400 title in 49.77 seconds.

Senior hurdler Mike McCarty also had a solid meet, taking second in both the 110- and 300-meter hurdles. McCarty finished the 110 hurdles in a time of 15.36 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 40.31 seconds. McCarty finished second in both races to Buchtel's Terence Somerville.

McCarty also narrowly missed qualifying in the long jump, but finished one place shy in fifth with a leap of 20-feet-10.25.

Junior Steve Testa qualified through a loaded field in the 800-meter dash, taking third in a time of 1:57.54.

Testa also ran the anchor leg of Walsh's 3,200-meter relay, which also included junior Johnathan Shepherd, senior Joe Santin and senior Dan Henry. The squad ran a time of 8:07, finishing second only to Woodridge.

Walsh also had one regional qualifier in the field events, as junior Andrew Illig advanced with a throw of 48-feet-1 in the shot put.

For the girls, Walsh's big guns all had big meets at Ravenna.

Sophomore Chelsea Oswald continues to have a big season. First, Oswald ran anchor leg on Walsh's 3,200 relay, which also included junior Hope McCarty, junior Rachel Burge and sophomore Allison Rowe. The squad took second in a time of 9:36.65.

Oswald then swept two distance events. She won the 1,600-meter run in 5:07.27, narrowly missing the meet record, and then won the 3,200-meter run in 10:59.89.

Senior Amber Kasmer also nearly pulled the double in her two best events. Kasmer won the 100-meter dash in 12.90 seconds and took second in the long jump with a leap of 17-6.75, just 25 feet behind champion Alexis Warren of Solon.

Kasmer also ran the anchor leg of Walsh's champion 400-meter dash squad, which also included senior Liz Secue, senior Darcy Riley and junior Colleen Mathews.

The team won the title in a time of 49.52 seconds.

Senior Johnna Zaccari dominated the shot put, winning with a throw of 41-feet-9.75. Zaccari, who expected to be among the state title contenders, beat her nearest competitor by nearly 5 feet.

Walsh also saw its 1,600 relay team of senior Kelly Rockwell, Kasmer, Matthews and Secue finish second. The squad ran a time of 4:02.08, second only to Shaker Heights.

Secue also qualified in the 400-meter dash, claiming fourth in a time of 59.65 seconds.

Hope McCarty reached regionals by taking third place in the 800-meter run in a time of 2:20.16.

-- From staff reports


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