The Aurora girls track and field team finished 21st and scored a modest 11 ½ points at the Division I, Region 1 meet, which concluded Friday at Austintown-Fitch High School’s Falcon Stadium.
Fortunately for the Greenmen, those points were scored by two state qualifiers.
Senior Corinne Henderson and freshman Lauren Tincher qualified for the state meet after their performances Friday.
Twinsburg won the 39-team competition with 76 points. The top four athletes and top four relay teams advanced to the state competition, which is scheduled for May 31 and June 1 at The Ohio State University’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.
"I am absolutely thrilled for Corinne and Lauren for making it to the state championships," first-year Aurora head coach Kory Rorabaugh said.
Henderson advanced for the second consecutive year.
The standout senior reached a third-place height of 11 feet. The school record is 11-3, which she set at a district meet the previous week in Austintown.
"Corinne has peaked at the right time as she went into districts breaking the school record," Rorabaugh said. "She had a lot riding on [Friday] to get back down to states for the second year in a row and she certainly accepted the challenge head on."
Tincher placed fourth in the long jump on her very first leap (16 9 ½). She continued her momentum after winning a district title in the long jump the previous week.
"Lauren surprised herself by being the district champion as a freshman in the long jump," Rorabaugh said. "She is a determined young lady who did not want her season to end. Her very first jump [Friday] was the clincher."
Henderson and Tincher are set to compete in their respective events June 1 at 3 p.m.
Senior high jumper Leah Angelo concluded her career with an eighth-place leap of 5 feet.
"Words cannot describe how excited I am to be apart of such an amazing track program," Rorabaugh said.