Crusaders capture Ice Invitational
BELLAIRE – Saying the late Dave Ice was a track and field junkie isn’t crediting the long-time Bellaire assistant coach’s affection for the oval sport nearly enough.
He would have been especially proud as yet another Dave Ice Girls Invitational, which is sponsored by Burger King and the Bellaire Sports Foundation, was held under chilly, but dry conditions at Nelson Field.
Steubenville Central mustered 106 points and fended off Wheeling Park by 14 to win the meet title in what is, for most, the final girls’ tuneup of the season before the OVAC Track and Field Championship opens Monday at St. Clairsville.
The Lady Crusaders got off and running with a victory in the high jump. Moriah Vosteen claimed the title with a 5-feet clearance.
Steubenville Catholic’s foursome of Kate Wilson, Alexis Mastrioanni, Suzy Thibault and Molly Marrow posted a time of 10:50.5 to win the 4×800 relay.
The Lady Crusaders’ final victory of the afternoon came in the 100 meter dash thanks to Taylor Zapolnik, who sprinted a 13.1 to prevail.
Wheeling Park, which didn’t send its full roster, still managed to capture two events. The Lady Patriots’ team of Chloe Robb, Tamara Bumgardner, Nakysha McGhee and Jaiehir Jackson-Hawkins joined speed forces for a 51.7 to win the 400 relay.
The Lady Pats’ team of Kayley Miller, Tamara Bumgardner, Cristin Dolan and Makayla Gray joined forces to skim 40 timbers in 67.8 for a victory in the shuttles.
St. John Central led the meet with four victories. Freshman phenom Jessica Alvey was impressive in winning the 400 meter dash in a time of 60.0. Splendid sophomore Fallon Doyle ran two laps in 2:23.6 for the 800 crown.
In the 3200 meter run, Lady Irish’s Kaitlyn Santinoceto posted a 12:57.1 for the victory.
With Alvey chasing down a Steubenville Central sprinter, the Lady Irish posted a 4:18.1 to win the 4×4. Also on the Green’s squad were Emily LeMasters, Doyle and Marissa Rose.
Steubenville Big Red wasled by high-point track scorer Toshchel Demus, who posted a 16.0 in winning the high hurdles.
Big Red’s team of Nyasha Jones, Lysiah Rice, Cierra Macon and Demus posted a 1:53.3 en route to victory in the 800 relay.
River senior Cassidy McCullough had a limited night’s work, competing in just two events. The reigning Division III state low hurdle champion stayed unblemished in her specialty, posting an impressive 46-flat to win the lows.
Bridgeport sophomore Brianna Massey had a strong meet, winning a pair of golds. She got her afternoon started with a personal and school-record mark of 16-ft-4 in the long jump. It was only Massey’s second ever time to compete in the long jump.
Later, she captured the 200 meter dash in a time of 27.3.
Bellaire senior Myleah Green and Barnesville frosh Shayla Markovich shared the high-point field award. Each tallied 18 points. Green won the shot put (34-ft-4) and finished second in the discus. Markovich, meanwhile, won the discus at 98-ft and finished second in the iron-ball event.
Shadyside’s lone victory came in the 1600 meter run. Ohio University-bound Tara Tollett won the four-lap race by nearly 37 full seconds. She crossed at 5:26.8.
Martins Ferry, which sent just two competitors, finished with 14 points. Of those, senior standout Courtney Crolley once again prevailed in her specialty. She won the pole vault with a clearance of 9-ft-6.
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