By Jordan Miller
The Carrollton girls track team captured the school’s first regional title in girls track and advanced two individuals and two relay teams to the Division II state track meet this weekend in Columbus.
The Warriors won the team title with 73 points. Steubenville placed second, with 58 points at the regional event, held May 26 and 28 at Athens High School.
Carrollton freshman Micah Donley, who was recently named the Northeastern Buckeye Conference runner of year, earned berths at the state meet in three events.
The top four finishers in each event qualified to compete at the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) state meet at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus this weekend.
Donley earned a regional title in the 400-meter run with a school record time of 56.85. Her time was .7 seconds off the regional record. She also finished as the runner up in both the 100 (with a time of 12.47) and the 200 (25.51). Steubenville senior Lysaih Rice finished ahead of Donley in the 200 with a time of 25.45.
Maddie Dunlap will represent Carrollton at the state meet in the 1,600 and 3,200. She claimed the regional title in the 1,600 with a time of 5:10.66. Dunlap finished fourth in the 3,200 with a time of 11:33.56.
The Lady Warriors 4×8 relay team of Kady Davis, Grace Bartlow, Allison Davis and Dunlap won the regional championship with a time of 9:27.67, missing the regional record by .4 second, but set a new school record.
Carrollton’s 4×4 relay team of Kady Davis, Bartlow, Allison Davis and Donley earned a spot on the podium and a bid to Columbus by finishing second with a time of 4:06.32.
“The coaching staff feels great about how the girls have won the district as well as the regional titles,” said Head Coach Chris Woolf following the win. “We knew there were high expectations with the athletes we had, but winning both is an outstanding achievement for the girls.”
“I am happy about the number of students we have going down to the state meet, especially in so many events. It proves how hard everyone has worked this year,” commented Woolf on the efforts of his athletes. “The 4×800 is a special group of girls that are quite competitive and that shows week in and week out with the performances they have. They work together as a team well and do whatever is asked of them.”
Woolf also mentioned his expectations for this weekend’s state meet. “I really do see season’s best times this coming state meet for everyone. They are a very focused and special group that we are taking and if Monday’s practice was any indication of how this week will be, then we will be in a great position as a team and as individuals in their specific events.”
Earning spots on the podium, but not advancing to the state meet were: senior Kady Davis, who placed fifth in the 800 with a time of 2:18.10; freshman Alivia Bentley, who placed fifth in the shot put with a throw of 36’ 6” and sixth in the discus with a throw of 108’ 6”; the 4×1 relay team of Bri Burkhart, Sarah Donley, Kody Schandel and Cindy Lewis, who finished seventh with a time of 52.50; and the 4×2 relay team of Burkhart, Schandel, Lewis and Allison Davis, who finished eighth with a time of 1:50.74.
The OHSAA state track meet will be held June 3 and 4 at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Running preliminaries are slated to begin June 3 at 1:30 p.m. Finals begin June 4 at 1 p.m.