Track duo: Waterford twosome ready for state meet Friday

To many people, Ally Rohrer and Maddy Sury are one in the same.

“People mistake us for each other all the time,” Rohrer said. “We look alike, we run the same.”

This weekend, track athletes from all over Ohio will have plenty of opportunities to tell the Waterford duo apart, as Rohrer and Sury will compete in a total of five events at the state meet in Columbus.

Rohrer will compete in the 100 and 300 meter hurdles along with the 200 meter dash, while Sury will look to place eighth or higher in the 800 meter run and the long jump.

Rohrer is the first Lady Wildcat in school history to compete in three events at the state level.

“It’s an honor,” Rohrer said. “Everybody makes such a big deal out of it. Everybody has been really supportive. It’s wonderful.”

Rohrer, a Division III regional champion in the 100 hurdles, came into this season a very inexperienced hurdler.

After trying it briefly last season as a sophomore, Rohrer picked it up again this spring to help her train for the 200, mostly due to the urging of Waterford girls head coach Scott Miller.

“I told her ‘You’re going to do this,'” Miller laughed.

“She struggled at the beginning, but has really just taken a liking to it. I knew she would be good, but she has just taken off.”

“One day it just clicked,” Rohrer added.

Rohrer said she received some assistance from Waterford boys hurdler Austin Shriver.

“He was kind of my mentor,” she said.

There will plenty of motivation for Rohrer in her trip to state.

After getting to the state meet in the 400 meter run two years ago as a freshman, Rohrer finished fifth in the regional meet last year, ending her season early.

“That kind of gave me more drive,” she said.

Rohrer is hoping that hunger helps keep her focused in Columbus.

“I’m wanting to get a podium finish for sure,” she said.

While Rohrer will be looking for redemption, her teammate Sury is just excited for the opportunity.

“I’ve been working for this the whole track season,” Sury said. “It’s been one of my biggest dreams to get to Jesse Owens (Memorial) Stadium.”

Sury, a first-time qualifier for state in outdoor track, knows what she’ll be up against.

“I know how tough the girls there will be,” she explained. “I’m just hoping to PR and do my best.”

While Sury is a newcomer to the outdoor state track meet, it won’t be her first time competing at the state level in a sport.

Earlier this year, Sury and Rohrer were each part of the 4 by 400 relay team from Waterford, along with junior Maggie Kroll and freshman Lydia Beardsley, that qualified for state during the indoor track season.

“It’s really cool,” Miller said.

“It shows what kind of athletes they are.”

While Rohrer and Sury won’t be competing together on a relay team this time around, you can bet that they will still feel each other’s presence.

“We’re always pushing each other,” Sury said.

Miller believes the duo is prepared and excited to get after it this weekend.

“They’re ready,” he said. “Both girls are ready. I’m keeping my fingers crossed. It’s something they both really want. They both want to place.”

Miller, Rohrer and Sury are all very appreciative of the support they’ve received from the school, the parents and their team.

Sury pointed out one person in particular that has been by her side all season long.

“I wouldn’t be where I’m at without the encouragement of Maggie Kroll,” Sury said. “She’s always yelling at me and pushing me to run harder. I wouldn’t be here without her.”

It’s that kind of camaraderie that has led to the Lady Wildcats’ success.

“The whole track team has played a part in those girls’ (Rohrer and Sury) success,” Miller said. “They’ve just been very supportive of each other. The quality of girls on this team has been phenomenal.”

The state meet kicks off Friday on the campus of The Ohio State University.