NEWCOMERSTOWN - There were a few restless days for Martins Ferry head coach Rich Materkoski leading up to Friday's Division III district meet as he tried to figure out whether his team would have enough to get it done.
Well, for the second straight season, Materkoski's Lady Purple Riders delivered in a big way. Ferry used its depth to fend off a stiff challenge from Steubenville Catholic Central to claim the hardware. The Lady Riders finished with 117 points, while the Lady Crusaders ended the 17-event meet with 107 tallies.
"Winning the district is nice and exciting, but our ultimate goal is still Navarre," Materkoski said of next week's regional. "We advanced a lot of people and I think they're solid events, too, that should score well. We've said all along that we want to take that step up and see what we can do in the regional."
MARTINS FERRY’S Talyr Jenkins runs to victory in the 200 meter dash during Friday’s Division III?District meet at Newcomerstown.
The Lady Riders received a big evening from junior speedster Talyr Jenkins, who is running exceptionally well. A former state qualifier, Jenkins won the 100 meter dash in 12.71 and then capped the sprint double with a victory in the 200 in 27.18.
Sophomore Ashley Griffith claimed the 300 meter low hurdle title. She skimmed eight timbers in 49.75 for the victory.
Junior Sarah Applegarth continues to bring her time down in the 400. She'll have another chance at the lap dash next week after finishing second in 60.66.
Senior Sunshine Wrenn was second in the 800 with a time of 2:24.64.
Sophomore Jamie Truchan also advanced in the 800. She was fourth in 2:28.37.
Freshman dandy Tyesha Allen advanced in both hurdling events. She was second in the highs (16.73) and fourth in the lows (51.59).
The Lady Riders' relays also ran well in advancing. The team of Applegarth, Wrenn, Griffith and Jenkins claimed second in the 4x1 with a time of 51.89.
The 4x2 team of Applegarth, Wrenn, Jenkins and frosh Destiny Davis posted a 1:49.25 to finish second in the two-lap relay.
The Purple 4x4 squad of Applegarth, Davis, Griffith and Truchan posted a 4:27.29 to take the final qualifying spot in the regional.
On Tuesday, Ferry won the 4x8 in 10:07.72 and senior Courtney Crolley claimed the pole vault title, clearing 10-ft-6.
St. John Central had a strong showing and won three district titles en route to 68 points and a fourth-place finish overall.
Sophomore Fallon Doyle - an all-Ohioan last season - won both the 800 and 1600 meter runs. She posted times of 2:20.85 and 5:15.53 for the golds.
Freshman phenom Jessica Alvey was also a double winner, but she broke hers up on different days. After winning the long jump on day one, Alvey claimed her specialty the 400 meter dash in a sizzling 58.88.
Junior Kaitlyn Santinoceto was third in the 3200 meter run with a time of 12:39.69.
The Lady Irish 4x4 team of Doyle, Alvey, Emily LeMasters and Marissa Rose posted a 4:18.65 to finish second.
On Tuesday, SJC qualified frosh Lindsey Froehlich and Gabrielle Santinoceto in the discus with third and fourth place finishes, respectively.
Similar to the boys, Bellaire will send all field event contestants to the regional. Senior Myleah Green finished second in the shot put with a mark of 33-ft-2.
Sophomore Melissa Cordy was third in the pole vault on Tuesday.
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