ATHENS – There is no I in team.
That phrase has never been more evident that it was last week at Athens during the Division II regional track meet.
The Carrollton Lady Warriors put together a team effort that earned them their second consecutive regional championship and qualified five girls in eight different events to the state meet this weekend in Columbus.
“Watching our girls run and do amazing things is so fun to watch and just how they perform and go through the process of competing is on a different level,” said Coach Chris Woolf. “Watching them do this as they repeat as back to back regional champions is just so impressive. We do have some special athletes, but this was still a team win. We scored in distance events, sprint events, and field events.
Senior Maddie Dunlap won three events: the 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs and was a member of the winning 4×8 relay team. She had a time of 5:01.78 in the 1,600 and 11:05.98 in the 3,200.
Sophomore Micah Donley won the 400 meter run in 57.17 and was a member of the winning 4×8 relay.
Sophomore Allison Davis and junior Grace Bartlow are the other two members of the 4×8 relay team that earned the top spot on the podium. The team’s time of 19:19.26 set a new regional record.
Donley also placed second in the 100 with a time of 12.92 and fourth in the 200 in 26.01.
Alivia Bentley placed third in the shot put with a throw of 42’2.75” and fourth in the discus with a distance of 123’2” and Davis finished fourth in the 800-meter with a time of 2:20.93.
All qualified for the state meet.
The Carrollton 4×200 relay team placed eighth with a time of 1:48.85. The team consisted of Bri Burkhart, Jillian Rinkes, Kody Schandel and Cindy Lewis.
Lewis finished 10th in the 300 hurdles and will be an alternate at the state meet.
Coach Woolf said his team is prepared for what lies ahead this week.
“I have never seen Maddie or any of our girls more focused and ready to accomplish some major things next weekend,” he said. “I look forward to what they can do because I know how hard they have worked to get there and what a wonderful position that our coaching staff has been able to put them in. Next weekend will be that culmination and I can’t wait to get that week started right!”
The Warriors easily won the team title with 79 points. Indian Creek finished a distant second with 40 points. Minerva placed third with 39 points.
The state meet will be held June 2 and 3 on the campus of The Ohio State University.