BYESVILLE - Area thinclads returning to practice this week now have their sights set on a trip to Columbus. The first step in the three-week Ohio track and field tournament trail wrapped up at sun-splashed Meadowbrook Colts Stadium with the Division II district meet.
The survivors of the meet all earned a trip to The Plains High School in Athens on Thursday to begin the regional. The regional finals are slated for Saturday in Athens, which will set the stage for the state meet the following week at Ohio State University in Columbus.
Before any thought could be given to Athens, area teams had work to do here and a top four finish was the goal.
ST. CLAIRSVILLE senior Juliana Madzia runs to victory in the 1600 meter run during Saturday’s Division II?district meet. She also won the 3200.
St. Clairsville's girls finished second in the team rankings with 94 points, which was well back of John Glenn and it's 141 tallies.
The Lady Red Devils' strength in distance races and field events provided the spark.
Senior Juliana Madzia had a brilliant district meet, winning two championships. She ran a 5:15.00 to win the 1600. She came back a short-time later and ran an 11:57.40 to take the 3200 crown.
Senior Amy Castle, who is headed for UNC-Asheville, also advanced in both distance races. She turned in a 5:21.57 to finish third in the 1600 and was second in the 3200 in 12:06.64.
Senior Alyssa Robinson will take part in two events at the regional meet. The defending state shot put champion won yet another district title in the iron ball event during Thursday's action with a put of 44-ft-7 1/2. She added the discus to her to-do-list at the regional with a fourth-place finish after a mark of 103-ft-5.
Junior Ayla Stewart has turned it on of late in the short sprints. She qualified in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes. She was second in the 100 in 12.94 and fourth in the half-lap dash, posting a 26.76.
Other qualifiers for the Lady Red Devils included their 4x800 relay team of Sam Harrison, Mikayla Westlake, Madzia and Paige Garan, which was fourth during Thursday's action in 10:38.04.
The Lady Devils' 4x2 team of Kennady Walker, Stewart, Alli Greenwood and Audra Vrotsos finished second to John Glenn despite running a 1:48.11.
The 4x1 team of Walker, Stewart, Vrotsos and Claire Slavik posted a 51.62 to finish second in the lap relay.
Individually, frosh Valerie Dobbs advanced in the pole vault, finishing third at 8-feet.
Edison finished fourth in the girls' team rankings.
The Lady Wildcats got off to a strong start on the first day of competition with a victory from junior Katelyn Pollock in the high jump. She cleared 5-ft-2. She was fourth in the long jump at 15-ft-9 3/4.
Junior Ashley Borsch was fourth in the high hurdles (16.72). She was second in the lows, skimming eight hurdles in 49.19.
Junior Shaniah Carpenter was second in the pole vault, clearing 8-feet.
The Lady Wildcats' 4x2 team also earned a trip to Athens, finishing fourth in 1:49.82.
Steubenville finished sixth in the rankings.
The Lady Big Red was led their strength in relays.
The 4x200 team of Cierra Macon, Nyasha Jones, Lysiah Rice and Toshchel Demus finished second in 1:48.11.
The 4x1 team of Macon, Elise Watts, Demus and Shilynn Crawford posted a 51.46 to take the silver medal in the short sprint relay.
Demus and Watts advanced in the 100 meter high hurdles, finishing second and third, respectively in 15.59 and 16.14. Watts was also second in the long jump with a mark of 16-ft-7.
Rice was third in the 100 meter dash, punching a ticket with a time of 13.08. She was also third in the 200 (26.64).
Buckeye Local's lone female qualifier was sophomore Kendra Redpath. She posted a 49.63 to finish third in the low hurdles.
Union Local's lone qualifier on the girls' side was sophomore Kylie Russell in the pole vault. She won on Thursday with an 8-ft-6 clearance.
Indian Creek's qualifiers all came in the field. Frosh Jaid Bly tied for third in the high jump, clearing 4-ft-6.
Senior Brooke Goodrich was third in the long jump with a mark of 15-ft-10 1/2.
Junior Kristen Shimko advanced in the discus with a twirl of 107-ft-7, which was good enough for third place.