By Jordan Miller
The Lady Warriors won the Northeastern Buckeye Conference track title with a dominating win at the league meet May 13 at Mount Union Stadium.
The Warriors scored 126.5 points. Louisville finished second with 105 and Minerva third with 97.5. Carrollton and Minerva both carried perfect dual meet records until the two teams met May 10. The last time Carrollton won the league title was in 1999.
The dual meet between the two unbeaten teams carried high hopes with it. The winner would go into the league meet with the best record in the league and hopes for an outright title. The loser had to pin its hopes on winning the meet and hoping the other team finished no higher than third to secure the league title.
Carrollton handed the Lady Lions their first loss of the season that night on the Lions home track by a score of 72.5-55.5 win and carried the momentum into the tournament.
At the NBC meet, the Warriors won 10 of the 16 events.
Carrollton freshman Micah Donley won every event she competed in at the NBC meet, placing first in the 100 with a time of 12.43. She also won the 200 and 400 with record-breaking times. She won the 200 with a time of 25.72, the previous record of 25.82 was set by Taylor Thompkins of Canton South in 2014. She placed first in the 400 in 57.48. The previous record of 58.40 was set by Emilee Zets of West Branch in 2008.
Maddie Dunlap, the 2015 NBC track MVP, won the 3200 with a time of 11:23.26 and the 1600 in 5:14.86.
Freshman Alivia Bentley won the shot put with a throw of 37’ 1” and the discus with a personal best throw of 120’ 10”.
Carrollton senior Kady Davis won the 800 with a time of 2:20.92. Teammate Grace Bartlow finished second in the events with a time of 2:25.73.
The 4×8 relay team of Allison Davis, Dunlap, Bartlow and Kady Davis won with a time of 9:54.72.
Carrollton’s 4×2 relay team of Bri Burkhart, Kody Schandel, Kady Davis and Cindy Lewis finished second with a time of 1:50.55.
“We are glad the regular season is done because we look forward to more challenges as we go along the road to state,” said Carrollton Coach Chris Woolf. “We look forward to watching each athlete reach their absolute potential in their individual events. We are confident and ready to compete for district and regional titles and advance as many athletes to state as we can.”
“The girls performed to near perfection Friday night. And those who didn’t, still gave some awesome efforts that helped our team reach an NBC title that they haven’t won since 1999,” said Woolf. “I was so proud and happy for each girl and how they handled themselves. The girls met any challenge the rest of the NBC threw at them and handled any little bit of adversity that came their way that night. We had a nice little celebration at Mount Union, but we are still hungry for more as the next three weeks are going to be real fun as well.”
During the dual meet at Minerva, Micah Donley set the pace for the Lady Warriors, cruising to wins in the 100, 200 and 400.
Donley placed first in the 100 with a time of 12.23, the 200 with a time of 25.5 and the 400 in 58.68.
Alivia Bentley and the Carrollton lady throwers swept the shot put event. Bentley placed first in the shot put with a throw of 39’ 3.5” and the discus (97’ 11”). Kiley Grindstaff placed second in the shot put with a throw of 28’ 10”. Regan Weiland placed third with a throw of 27’ 10.5”.
Maddie Dunlap dominated the 1600 with a time of 5:16. Mack Scott of Minerva finished second with a time of 5:43.
Kady Davis won the 800 with a time of 2:23.1.
The 4×8 relay team of Allison Davis, Dunlap, Grace Bartlow and Kady Davis placed in the top spot with a time of 9:42.27.
The 4×4 relay team of Kady Davis, Bartlow, Allison Davis and Donley finished first with a time of 4:16.41.
The 4×1 relay team of Bri Burkhardt, Kody Schandel, Kady Davis and Cindy Lewis brought home a first place victory with a time of 52.53.
The 4×2 relay team of Burkhardt, Schandel, Allison Davis and Bartlow tied the Lady Lions with a time of 1:52.3.
Lady Warriors placing second included: Jaci Pridemore, high jump (4’ 10”); Mac Tubaugh, long jump (14’ 9.25”); and Lewis, 200 (27.57).
Lady Warriors placing third included: Tessa Derheimer, discus (83’ 3”); Tubaugh, high jump (4’ 8”); Pria Anderson, long jump (14’ 7.75”); Layna Pasiuk, 100-hurdles (17.1); Lewis, 100 (13.51); Allison Davis, 400 (64.8); and Bartlow, 800 (2:27).
The Lady Warriors continue their post-season journey at West Holmes at district competition May 19 and 21. Field events are slated to begin at 4 p.m. May 19.