Day 1 of regional track in the books

PICKERINGTON – Wednesday was the end of the 2014 track season for all but two Marietta athletes at Pickerington High School North.

The Tigers failed to qualify any athletes that competed in Wednesday’s regional meet to state. They still have Aaron Elliot in the high jump and Lizzy Crum in the pole vault on Friday.

Marietta’s 4 by 100 meter relay team set the school record with a time of 44.43 seconds (previously 44.58) but finished 12th in the preliminaries to be eliminated. Bernard Johnson, Elliot, Austin Jones and Quinton Coffield were the legs on the record-setting team.

MHS boys coach B.J. Mayer said the relay team was in about third or fourth in their heat until the third leg when Jones tweaked his hamstring about 15 meters away from his handoff to Coffield. Still, they were able to put up the new school record.

“I’m really proud of those guys,” Mayer said. “They’ve carried us all year.”

The 4 by 200 team also failed to qualify for Friday’s finals, finishing 13th in the prelims with a time of 1:33.47. Garrett Davis, Elliot, Jones and Coffield made up the 4 by 200 team.

Coffield also competed in the 200 meter dash and the long jump. He placed 12th in the 200 (22.86) and 13th in the long jump (19 feet, 3.5 inches).

Jones was 15th in the 100 prelims with a time of 11.38. The Tigers’ pole vaulters, Caleb Hall and Jack Farrar, tied for 14th. Both cleared 12 feet.

For the Lady Tigers, Embrey Roberts was eliminated in the 100 hurdles prelims. She ran it in 18.08 seconds to place 16th.

The 4 by 100 relay team, which included Roberts, Abby Robinson, Olivia Linscott and Anne-Claire Myers,

Friday’s events kick off at 4:30 p.m. at the same venue.

In Division III:

A number of Division III track athletes from the area have qualified for the regional finals on Friday.

D3 regional action began Wednesday with athletes from Fort Frye, Waterford, Belpre, Caldwell, Shenandoah and Federal Hocking all in action.

So far, only Federal Hocking’s Cheyenne Singer has qualified for the state meet. Singer was the region’s runner-up in the shot put with a throw of 38 feet, eight inches.

The other athletes have either qualified for Friday’s finals or been eliminated.

Waterford’s Ally Rohrer is moving on to the finals in three events. She smoked everyone in the 100 meter hurdles preliminaries with a time of 15.59 seconds and finished fifth in the 200 meter dash prelims (26.76).

Rohrer also combined with Maddy Sury, Maggie Kroll and Lydia Beardsley to set the school record in the 4 by 200 meter relay with a time of 1:49.53. That time was good enough for second in the prelims to qualify for the finals.

Eliminated for Waterford was the girls 4 by 800 relay team of Cierra Jarvis, Taylor Hilverding, Katie Semon and Trinity Jaeger as was Jacob McCutcheon in the boys long jump and 110 hurdles. Rohrer, Sury, Kroll and Beardsley failed to advance in the 4 by 400 relay while Kroll was ousted in the 400 meter dash.

Other athletes who will compete in Friday’s finals for Waterford are Sury in the 800 meter run and long jump, Eli Strahler in the 3200, Semon in the 3200 and Beardsley in the pole vault.

For Fort Frye, Natalie Hart advanced in the 300 hurdles. Hart ran the prelims in 47.48 seconds to finish second.

Eliminated for the Lady Cadets was the 4 by 400 relay team of Katelin Hart, Kelsey Sampson, MaryKate McElroy and Natalie Hart. Sampson was also ousted in the 400 and the high jump.

McElroy will run in the 1600 and 3200 on Friday and Katelin Hart will compete in the 800. KyLynn Buchanan will also compete Friday in the pole vault.

As for the Fort Frye boys, Matthew Cheeseman and Ford McElroy are both expected to run in Friday’s 1600 finals.

The Belpre boys advanced two of its four relay teams to Friday’s finals. The 4 by 100 team of Matt Colvin, Devin Daniell, D.J. Leftwich and Sam Petty placed sixth in the prelims with a time of 45.48 seconds while the 4 by 200 team of Petty, Daniell, Leftwich and Matt Lopreste placed eighth in the prelims (1:36.22).

Belpre’s 4 by 400 failed to advance to the finals while the 4 by 800 team placed sixth in the finals and will not move on to state.

Individually, Petty was eliminated from the 100 and 200 while Colvin was ousted in the 400 and Daniell was eliminated in the 300 hurdles.

Competing Friday for the Belpre boys, along with the relay teams, will be Cray Sistrunk in the 1600 and 3200, Kyle Windland in the 3200 and Lopreste in the high jump.

All of the Lady Golden Eagles’ competitors were ousted Friday. The 4 by 100 team of Cheyenne Barker, Sierra Barker, Lacy Green and Lindsay Stanley was knocked out in the prelims.

Taryn Carr, a triple qualifier for the regional, was eliminated in all three of her events (100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, 200) in the preliminaries.

For Caldwell, only its 4 by 800 relay teams competed Friday. The girls team of Katie Saling, Haylee Saling, Lexi Waller and Jenna Furr placed eighth in the finals with a time of 10:26.68. The boys team, made up by Alex Gregg, Sean Whetstone, Jonathan Niswonger and Tanner Harding, finished seventh with a time of 8:36.67.

The girls 4 by 400 team was eliminated in the preliminaries.

Harding and Niswonger will compete in the 3200 finals on Friday as will Jenna and Lindsey Furr on the girls side. Katie Saling will run in the 1600 finals.

For Shenandoah, Caleb Moore advanced to the finals in the 110 and 300 hurdles. Moore ran the 100 hurdles in 15.40 seconds for fourth place and the 300 hurdles in 41.83 seconds for sixth place in the prelims.

Kylee Kasper moved on in the 400, placing sixth with a time of 1:01.10.

For the girls teams and the Waterford and Belpre boys, the finals begin Friday at 5 p.m. at Fairfield Union High School in Lancaster. For the Fort Frye, Caldwell and Shenandoah boys, regional action resumes at Navarre Fairless High School at 5 p.m. Friday.