By Bob Evans
MILLERSBURG – The Carrollton boys and girls track teams began their run to Columbus last Thursday and Saturday at the Division II District Track and Field championships at West Holmes High School.
The Lady Warriors defended their district championship, finishing with 127 points and will send nine athletes in ten events to the regional meet this weekend at The Plains in Athens.
The boys finished a solid third with 94 points and will have 10 representatives taking part in six events.
The top four placers in each event move on to Athens.
On the girl’s side, sophomore Micah Donley recorded four first place finishes.
Donley won the 100, 200 and 400-meter sprints with times of 12.72, 25.48 and 57.36 and was a member of the winning 3,200-meter relay team of senior Maddie Dunlap, junior Grace Bartlow and sophomore Allison Davis with a time of 9:49.36.
Dunlap was also the winner of the 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs with times of 5:06.14 and 10:54.22.
Davis also took first in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:21.23.
Sophomore Alivia Bentley recorded a pair of second place finishes in the shot put and discus with throws of 44’11.25” and 127’05”.
Sophomore Layna Pasiuk placed second in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.34 and sophomore Cindy Lewis was second in the 300 hurdles with a time of 46.91.
Each were members of the 400 and 800-meter relay of sophomore Bri Burkhart and junior Kody Schandel with times of 52.59 and 1:50.54 that placed third and fourth respectively.
“I really wanted to thank the team for a great team win,” said Coach Chris Woolf. “We scored well in almost every area and so many girls have stepped up and showed what type of character they have. They are willing to work hard and listen and they are very determined to perform well. I could not be prouder of what they have accomplished and at the same time excited about the next two weeks.”
The Minerva girls finished third in the district meet with 95 points and had one district champion, the 400-meter relay team of senior Emmelee Markins, sophomore Idresia Leavell, junior Ashley Gulling and sophomore Alyssa Markins that won with a time of 51.78.
Sandy Valley Cardinals placed 10th with 18 points.
Hailie Scuiry won the long jump for the Lady Cardinals with a leap of 16’8” to advance to the regional.
On the boy’s side, senior Cole Lovett recorded three wins for the Warriors. He took the 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs with times of 4:19.29 and 9:42.84. Lovett also helped the 3,200-meter relay team of senior Quinton Huggett, junior Dan Lampe and senior Preston Berry to a district championship with a winning time of 8:21.06.
Also, finishing as district champions was the 400-meter relay team of senior Brenton Miller, senior Ryan Shepherd, junior Chase Flanagan and sophomore Calob Dalton with a time of 44.88.
Placing second for the Warriors was the 800-meter relay team of junior Josh Diaz, Miller, Flanagan and Dalton with a time of 1:34.37. Flanagan also placed second in the long jump with a jump of 20’10”.
Placing third was Shepherd in the high jump with a jump of 5’8”.
Freshman Bryce Carte finished fourth in the 300 hurdles and Lampe fourth in the 1,600 with a time of 4:4.30.
“The boys have battled some injuries and it was nice to finally get some of our athletes ready to go this weekend,” said Coach Mike Aukerman. “We envision a great last two weeks and will attack the regional, hoping to bring home a trophy. The boys are ready and motivated to accomplish big things!”
MINERVA, SANDY VALLEY BOYS RESULTS
The Minerva boys finished in sixth place with 45 points, while Sandy Valley was last with five points.
The Minerva 1,600-meter relay team of seniors Carl Fritz, Coy Mullins and Wyatt Kohl and sophomore Jason Williams, placed second with a time of 3:31.40 to advance.
GIRLS TEAM STANDINGS
- Carrollton 127; 2. Indian Valley 109; 3. Minerva 95; 4. West Holmes 73; 5. River View 65; 6. East Liverpool 53; 7. Tusky Valley 75; 8. Lisbon Beaver 34; 9. Claymont 29; 10. Sandy Valley 18; 11. Coshocton 8; 12. Harrison Central 5.
BOYS TEAM STANDINGS
- Indian Valley 113; 2. West Holmes 100.50; 3. Carrollton 94; 4. Claymont 75; 5. River View 66; 6. Minerva 45; 7. Garaway 43; 8. Harrison Central 31; 9. Lisbon Beaver 30; 10. Tusky Valley 27.50; 11. Richmond Edison 14; 12. Coshocton 12; 13. East Liverpool 7; 14. Sandy Valley 5.