Track postseason gets under way

NEWCOMERSTOWN – After more than two weeks of wrapping up the regular season since the OVAC, track and field began its postseason Tuesday evening at the home of the Trojans.

The top four boys in each event advance to the regional at Navarre Fairless High School next week, while the girls’ teams are divided into two districts with one grouping heading to Fairless High School and the other to Fairfield Union High School near Lancaster.

Despite a few weather delays, qualifying and a handful of finals were held and the meet resumes on Friday at 4 p.m. with field events.

Martins Ferry’s girls grabbed the day-one lead in District 1 which heads to Navarre. The Lady Riders got there thanks to a pair of victories.

Senior pole vaulter Courtney Crolley cleared 10-ft-6 to win her specialty, while the Lady Riders’ 4×8 team of Jamie Truchan, Lauren Bennett, Brenna Becca and Sunshine Wrenn posted a 10:07.72 to win the district title by 19 seconds.

St. John Central had a solid first day, including three individual qualifiers in the field.

Leading the way was freshman ace Jessica Alvey, who won the long jump with a mark of 16-ft-4 1/4.

The Lady Irish qualified two in the discus. Freshman Lindsey Froelich and sophomore Gabrielle Santinoceto advanced with third and fourth-place finishes, respectively, in heights of 105-ft-7 and 101-ft-7.

Bellaire’s Melissa Cordy advanced to the regional in the pole vault. She cleared 9-feet to move on.

In the girls district 2, which advances to Fairfield Union, Rosecrans grabbed the day one lead.

River put itself in a position to score extremely well on Friday. The Lady Pilots qualified in two events.

Senior standout Cassidy McCullough, who is the defending state champion in the low hurdles, earned a regional berth for the first time in her career in the long jump. She finished third with a mark of 15-5 1/2. She also owns the top time in the 100, 200 and lows.

River’s 4×8 team of Becka Stewart, Landyn Ramsay, Makenna Collins and Laken Ramsay qualified third in 11:34.93.

Shadyside’s McKayla Kinemond advanced in the pole vault with a 8-ft-6 clearance that was good enough for second place.

Bridgeport’s Briana Massey finished as silver medalist in the long jump with a mark of 16-5 1/2. She trailed the winner by just a quarter of an inch.

Barnesville’s Trista Newsome also punched a ticket. The frosh got over 7-feet to take the fourth and final qualifying spot. Frosh Shayla Markovich advanced to the regional in the discus with a twirl of 86-ft-9.

Monroe Central’s Annie Digity was the fourth and final qualifier in the long jump with a mark of 14-7 1/2.

ON THE BOYS’ SIDE, 15 teams found the scoring column in day one with Tuscarawas Central Catholic leading the way with 22 points.

Bellaire’s Cody Laroche qualified for the regional in the shot put with a mark of 46-ft-11. That was good enough for third place.

River’s Brok Cross qualified fourth in the high jump with a 5-ft-8 clearance.