NEWCOMERSTOWN - It's been three weeks since many area track teams suited up in a high caliber meet.
The rust got shaken off early as the quest for Columbus kicked into full gear as the regional field in Division III is set. The Eastern District boys' representatives will head for Navarre Fairless High School for Wednesday and Friday action.
Prior to shifting focus to the second level of competition, work had to be done at Lee Stadium under conditions you'd never expect for Memorial Day weekend. Brisk and chilly temperatures greeted the athletes.
ST. JOHN’S Garrett Holubeck sprints to the line for a 400 meter dash victory in the Division III district at Newcomerstown.
Garaway ran away with the team title on the boys' side, scoring 90.5 points, while Steubenville Central was second with 56.
Barnesville was led by senior Jacob Anderson, who qualified in both hurdling events. He was the runnerup by eight hundredths of a second in the intermediates by virtue of 40.20. He was fourth in the highs.
Junior Jeff Hart advanced in both hurdling races as well. He was third in the highs (15.99) and fourth in the 300s (42.30).
The Shamrocks' 4x4 team of Kyle McIntire, Michael Thomas, Hart and Anderson posted a 3:36.92 to finish third.
Shadyside, benefitting from a few key additions from the baseball team, had a solid qualifying round.
Senior Chase Kinemond advanced in the 200 meter dash with a time of 24.13, which was good enough for third place.
Sophomore Eric Howell was fourth in the 400 in 53.97.
The Tigers' 4x2 team of Eric Howell, Austin Dorris, Robert Newhart and Kinemond posted a 1:35.49 to finish second.
St. John Central junior Garrett Holubeck fueled the Irish with a district championship. Holubeck claimed his specialty, the 400 meter dash, in 51.19.
Senior Corey Leasure turned in a 10:06.41 to advance as the fourth qualifier in the 3200 meter run.
Bellaire's delegation of regional qualifiers are all in the field.
The Big Reds' Kyle Hess finished second in the long jump with a mark of 19-2 3/4 and on Tuesday, sophomore Cody LaRoche finished third in the shot put with a mark of 46-ft-11.
Bridgeport will be represented in the regional by junior Austin McAtee, who qualified in the 100 and 200 with times of 11.88 and 24.22, respectively.
River's Brok Cross qualified for the high jump on Tuesday with a 5-8 clearance.