Waterford, Fort Frye place 2nd at districts
CHILLICOTHE – The Waterford girls track team placed second in the Division III Southeast District track meet at Southeastern High School over the weekend.
The Lady Wildcats scored 91 points as a team, behind only Eastern’s 126.
Ally Rohrer and Maddy Sury, both state placers a season ago, led the charge for Waterford.
Rohrer won district titles in the 100 meter hurdles (15.46 seconds) and the 200 meter dash (26.63). Sury was the district champ in the 800 meter run (two minutes, 18.34 seconds) and the long jump (17 feet, .5 inches).
Sury and Rohrer teamed up with Lydia Beardsley and Maggie Kroll in the 4 by 200 and 4 by 400 relay races to place second in both.
Kroll was also fourth in the 400 (1:03.11) while Beardsley was fourth in the pole vault (6-6).
Waterford’s third relay team to qualify for the regional meet was its 4 by 800 team of Cierra Jarvis, Taylor Hilverding, Katie Semon and Trinity Jaeger, which finished second with a time of 10:37.13.
Semon was third in the 3200 (12:43.05) to qualify for the regional.
On the boys side, Waterford was seventh with 33 points.
Eli Strahler was the team’s lone district champion with a time of 10:18.77 in the 3200.
Jacob McCutcheon qualified in two events, the long jump (19-2.75) and the 110 hurdles (16.99).
Elsewhere in Division III:
At Newcomerstown High School, the Fort Frye girls also were district runners-up in the D3 East District.
The Lady Cadets scored 75 points overall, second only to district champion Rosecrans.
Natalie Hart and KyLynn Buchanan were the team’s only district champs.
Hart ran the 300 hurdles in 47.40 seconds to finish first while Buchanan’s mark of 9-6 in the pole vault was tops at the meet.
Hart teamed up with MaryKate McElroy, Kelsey Sampson and Katelin Hart to place second in the 4 by 400 relay (4:19.42).
Sampson and McElroy both qualified for the regional in two other events. Sampson placed fourth in the 400 (1:04.22) and the high jump (4-6) while McElroy was second in the 1600 (5:24.36) and third in the 3200 (12:10. 38).
Katelin Hart also qualified in the 800, finishing second with a time of 2:26.74.
Fort Frye’s boys team qualified two athletes for the regional, both in the 1600.
Matthew Cheeseman placed second (4:34.99) while Ford McElroy was third (4:37.16).
At the same meet, Caldwell’s girls placed eighth while the boys were 12th.
The Lady Redskins advanced both their 4 by 400 and 4 by 800 relay teams to the regional.
Marissa Radcliff, Haylee Saling, Lexi Waller and Jenna Furr placed third in the 4 by 400 (4:27.14). The same team, with Katie Saling in Radcliff’s spot, placed second in the 4 by 800 (10:08.12).
Furr was the runner-up in the 3200 (11:44.19) while her younger sister Lindsey was fourth (12:13.67) in the same race.
Katie Saling was third in the 1600 (5:32.80) to round out the girls’ qualifiers.
For the Caldwell boys, Alex Gregg, Sean Whetstone, Jonathan Niswonger and Tanner Harding teamed up to place third in the 4 by 800 (8:29.72).
Harding was the runner-up in the 3200 (10:11.66) while Niswonger wasn’t far behind (10:32.90) for a fourth place finish.
Back in Chillicothe, Belpre’s boys finished third while the girls claimed fifth place
Taryn Carr placed fourth or better in three events. She was the district champ in the 300 hurdles (48.91) and was second in the 200 (27.76) and third in the 100 hurdles (16.55).
The Lady Eagles will also send their 4 by 100 relay team of Cheyenne Barker, Sierra Barker, Lacy Green and Lindsay Stanley to the regional. The team finished in 55.42 seconds to place fourth.
For the boys, Cray Sistrunk was the 1600 winner with a time of 4:49.46 and also placed third in the 3200 (10:38.27).
Sistrunk joined D.J. Leftwich, Kyle Windland and Matt Colvin as the district champs in the 4 by 800 (8:38.17).
Leftwich and Colvin teamed up with Sam Petty and Devin Daniell to place second in the 4 by 100 (45.53) while Leftwich, Daniell and Petty joined Matt Lopreste to finish fourth in the 4 by 200 (1:37.19).
Petty also qualified in the 100 and 200, finishing third and fourth, respectively.
Colvin was second in the 400 (52.62) while Windland was the runner-up in the 3200 (10:22.06).
Daniell placed third in the 300 hurdles (42.90) while Lopreste claimed the same finish in the high jump (5-10).
Daniell, Lopreste, Colvin and Leftwich were second in the 4 by 400 with a time of 3:41.46.
The Golden Eagles, Wildcats, Cadets and Redskins all will compete in the regional meet at Fairfield Union High School in Lancaster beginning Wednesday at 4 p.m.
In Division II:
In the Division II Southeast District track meet Saturday at Nelsonville-York High School, Warren’s boys and girls teams finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
The Warriors swept the pole vault, as Cole Wigal was the district champ on the boys side while Raelyn Gardner took home the girls title.
Wigal cleared 12 feet, eight inches to finish first while Gardner’s mark of 10-2 was tops on the girls side. Wigal’s younger brother Lucas finished third in the vault (12-4) to also qualify for the Thursday’s regional meet at Muskingum University.
Sam Goodman qualified in three events for the Warriors. Goodman was the runner-up in the 3200 meter run with a time of 10 minutes, 4.29 seconds and was also third in the 1600 (4:31.04) and third in the 4 by 800 meter relay (8:24.34), along with Matthew Neehouse, Colton Cantley and Brent Ash.
Ash, Neehouse and Cantley also did well in their individual events. Ash was fourth in the 1600 (4:33.44), right behind Goodman.
Neehouse was third in the 800 (2:03.17) while Cantley was fourth in the high jump (5-10).
Other qualifiers for the Warren boys was Mark McDermott in the 300 hurdles (42.07) and Chris Massey in the discus (134-1).
Warren also saw its 4 by 400 relay team of Neehouse, Cantley, McDermott and Justus Johnson advance to regional, placing fourth with a time of 3:35.76. The 4 by 200 team of McDermott, Johnson, Neehouse and Cole Wigal was third (1:34.74).
On the girls side, Gardner added runner-up status in the 100 (12.95) to her district championship. She also joined Katie Rauch, Julia Hamrick and Natalie O’Dell in the 4 by 200 relay which came in third with a time of 1:52.84.
The Lady Warriors also qualified their 4 by 400 relay team which included O’Dell, Hamrick, Rauch and Casey Ontko. The foursome finished fourth in the race with a time of 4:28.44.
Megan Rice posted the fourth-best throw in the shot put (32-7.25) to round out Warren’s regional qualifiers. The regional begins Thursday at 4 p.m. at Muskingum University.