Area thinclads punch state meet tickets

The quest for the Ohio Division III state track and field meet resumed Wednesday evening as area thinclads made trips to either Navarre Fairless or Lancaster Fairfield Union for the opening night of regional action.

At Navarre, only three Ohio Valley athletes punched their state tickets during the first day of competition.

Buckeye Trail’s duo of Austin Carleton and Nate Huber both advanced in the field. Carleton was third in the long jump with a mark of 21-ft-9 1/2. Huber was third in the pole vault at 13-feet.

The other qualifier came on the girls’ side with Steubenville Catholic Central junior Moriah Vosteen, who advanced in the high jump by winning the regional title at 5-ft-2.

Meanwhile, several area athletes put themselves in position to make a run at a berth in the state meet on Friday when the meet resumes.

Martins Ferry’s girls received a strong afternoon from Talyr Jenkins. She advanced in the 100 meter dash, posting a 12.77 in the 100. In the 200, she advanced with a 26.42, which puts her seventh in the field.

Frosh Tyesha Allen qualified in the 100 meter high hurdles. She posted a 16.53, which is the sixth best time in the field.

The Lady Riders’ 4×2 team of Sarah Applegarth, Sunshine Wrenn, Ashley Griffith and Jenkins ran a 1:49.83,which is the seventh best time.

St. John’s freshman Jessica Alvey will run for a trip to her state meet Friday night in her specialty, the 400 meter dash. Alvey posted a 59.40, which is the third fastest time recorded Wednesday.

Barnesville senior Jacob Anderson had a strong meet in the hurdles. Anderson advanced with the fourth best time in the highs, posting a personal best mark of 15.35.

A short-time later, he advanced in the 300 hurdles with the second best time of the night when he crossed the line at 39.58.

Steubenville Central’s Doug Maslowski – the reigning Division III state runnerup – posted a 14.90, which is the second fastest time in the field.

The Lady Crusaders’ 4×2 team of Michaela Gotta, Monica Rigaud, Kara Kakascik and Taylor Zapolnik ran an impressive 1:46.61 to lead the qualifying by nearly two seconds.

The same foursome qualified eighth in the 4×1.

In the 4×4, the Lady Crusaders’ squad of Zapolnik, Kakascik, Gotta and junior Molly Marrow posted a 4:07.67, which was good enough for second best in the semifinals.

All remaining field events and distance events will be contested on Friday. The meet begins with field events at 4 p.m. and running at 5 p.m.

AT LANCASTER, River’s Cassidy McCullough had another big afternoon and put herself in a position to make a return trip to Columbus.

McCullough advanced in all three of her individual track events and posted the top qualifying time in all three. In the 100, she blazed a 12.41.

In her specialty, the 300 meter low hurdles, McCullough ran an impressive 45.61 and she capped her afternoon with a blistering 25.98 to lead the way in the 200.

She’ll also compete in the long jump during Friday’s competition.

McCullough will be joined by a teammate in the finals of all three of her events. Freshman Abby Caldwell ran a 26.53 and is sitting in third place overall in the 200. She posted a 13.00 in the 100 and is ranked seventh.

In the low hurdles, sophomore Devyn Potts advanced with a 49.22 effort, which is ranked eighth overall.

Bridgeport will return to Fairfield Union with two individuals.

Sophomore Bri Massey is seeking her second straight trip to the state capital in the 200 meter dash. She sprinted a 26.74, which is good for fourth overall entering the finals.

Junior Cheyenne Flowers earned a return trip to the regional in the high hurdles. She is currently seeded eighth with a 16.94.

The balance of the field events and running finals will be held at 4 and 5 p.m., respectively on Friday.