She is Tallmadge’s first track and field regional champion since the early 2000s.
If you include the boys team, she is the first regional champ since 2006.
Senior Lauren Moses won the pole vault with a height of 11 feet, 6 inches at the Austintown-Fitch Division II regional meet, which concluded last Saturday.
"I was pretty confident going in, so I knew that I needed to do what I’d been practicing all season and what I’d practiced all summer," Moses said. "I knew that I’d just try my best and see where I end up."
Moses qualified for the state meet for the second straight year. Juniors Kenna Loveless and Ravyn Edge also advanced.
The top four finishers in each event advanced to the state meet. Two wild-card state berths combined with the other three Division I regionals also were awarded.
"I was super excited," said Moses, who has been pole vaulting for just a year. "I think my gymnastics background has a lot to do with me taking to the pole vault so quickly."
The state meet is scheduled to take place Friday and Saturday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of Ohio State University.
"There’s a possibility that Lauren could win a state title," Blue Devils head coach Mike Srodawa said. "She has been vaulting really well as of late. I would not put anything past her, the competitor that she is. She thrives in situations like this. It should be fun."
Moses will be happy just to make it on to the podium.
"That’s my goal, but I’d like to get top five," she said. "I think that’s a realistic goal as long as I jump well and do what I know how to do."
Moses is set to vault Saturday at 9:30 a.m.
Overall at the regional meet, Tallmadge finished eighth with 25 points. Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary won the 42-team competition with 45 points. Akron Buchtel finished second with 40 points and Beachwood took third with 39 points.
"For us to finish eighth shows how deep our team is this year," Srodawa said. "We scored points in a lot of different areas."
Loveless finished fourth in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 11 minutes, 51.1 seconds.
"It was a gutsy performance by Kenna," Srodawa said. "It was extremely hot. All the girls went out a little slow and the times weren’t extremely fast overall. Not only was Kenna battling the competitors, she was also battling the heat. It was more than 90 degrees on the track.
"This is something that Kenna has been working toward since last year. She has worked extremely hard to keep her body healthy and has changed some of her training routines. She was a basketball player up until this year but gave it up to get ready for track."
"I knew it was going to be hot going in, so I knew it was going to be a race where it was a pack of girls and whoever could hold on in that heat was going to make it," Loveless said. "I think I have a really good shot of making the podium at the state meet."
Loveless is scheduled to run Saturday at 2:45 p.m.
Edge finished sixth in the 1,600 with a time of 5:16.15, earning an at-large bid to the state meet. She advanced to Columbus last year as well.
"Ravyn went out hard like she always does," Srodawa said. "It was a loaded field and I would not be surprised if all six of those girls from the Austintown regional are on the podium just based on times."
"I like running in the heat, so that was not a problem," Edge said. "After the race, I was a little scared that I didn’t make it. Then Jeremy Huth, the distance coach, told me I made it and I was very relieved.
"I think I got out a little too hard, so my energy wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be, but I was just happy that I made it. I think I have a chance to be on the podium this weekend."
Edge is set to run Saturday at 1:35 p.m.
Also at the regional meet Loveless, Edge, junior Mabinty Kromah and freshman Katrina Hunt joined together to finish sixth in the 3,200 relay with a time of 9:53.21.
Kromah placed seventh in the 200 with a clocking of 25.99. Freshman Allison Harrell captured seventh in the high jump with a leap of 5-1 and Moses finished 12th in the long jump with a leap of 15-10.
Junior Makayla Bechter tied for 12th in the shot put with a throw of 32-4 ½. Freshman Mia Hurst also competed in the 100.