By Carol McIntire
SALEM – Micah Donley led the way for the Carrollton track teams at the Northeastern Buckeye Conference league meet at Reilly Stadium.
The Carrollton junior won the 100, 200 and 400-meter runs and was a member of the winning 4×200 relay team along with Bri Burkhart, Jillian Rinkes and Cindy Lewis.
Donley’s winning times were 12.54 in the 100, 25.57 in the 200 and 57.62 in the 400. She holds the league mark in both the 200 and 400. The 4×200 relay team posted a winning time of 1:45.87.
Alivia Bentley won the girls shot put with a throw of 43’ 7.75”. She set the league record last year with a distance of 44’ 4”. Jace Miles won the boys shot put with a distance of 44’ 2.25 inches. The boys 4×100 relay team of Jose Diaz, Bryce Carte, Chase Flanagan and Calob Dalton earned a league title by posting a time of 44.12.
As a team. the Warrior girls placed third with 103 points behind Louisville (123) and Minerva (105). Rounding out the scoring were Marlington (94.5), Salem (89), West Branch (43.5), Canton South (40) and Alliance (27).
On the boys side, the Warriors placed fourth with 86 points behind Salem (137), Alliance (108) and West Branch (93). Rounding out the scoring were Louisville (66), Minerva (58), Canton South (54) and Marlington (19).
The Warriors earned second place points from Bentley in the discus with a distance of 136’ 10” and Jaci Pridemore in the high jump with a height of 5’.
Placing third for the Warriors were Dalton in the 100 (11.49) and 200 (22.98); Layna Pasiuk,100 hurdles (16.54); boys 4×800 relay team of Daniel Lampe, Alex Carrothers, Noah Carrothers and Evan Days (8:33.47); girls 4×100 relay team of Burkhart, Rinkes, Kody Schandel and Lewis (51.44); Noah Carrothers, 400 (53.63); boys 4×400 relay team of Noah Carrothers, Lampe, Flanagan and Ryan Walker (3:43.59) and Flanagan, long jump (20’ 0.25”).
Carrollton boys coach Mike Aukerman was pleased with the performance of his team.
“We are very excited to start the championship season. The boys 4×1 were looking to be under 44 at Salem, but a win is a win and we have big goals for the next three weeks,” he said.
“Jace has consistently been one of, if not the best, shot put throwers in the league. We are hoping for big week from him this week in both throws.”
“We will load up the lineup this week at districts to try and reclaim the district crown we have won the last three years. We should advance a number of athletes to regional competition and win some district titles as well,” he said.
The boys will compete in the Division II district at West Holmes May 17 and 19.
Girls coach Chris Woolf was equally proud of the performance of his team.
“The girls ran extremely well and finished just two points behind undefeated Minerva,” he said. “The 4×200 relay team was only a couple tenths off the school record and hope to get that record in the next couple of weeks. There were a lot of other great performances. I was proud of how our girls responded to the first post season meet and ran with heart and determination. I look forward to how our districts will go this Thursday if the girls keep the proper mindset and focus.”
The girls compete in the Division I district at Marietta College May 16 and 18.