Division III regional track opens

Regional week got under way Wednesday afternoon with track and field’s Division III schools opening up competition.

The quest for the OHSAA State Track and Field Championship, which opens a week from Friday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of Ohio State University in Columbus, resumed with area competitors taking part at Navarre Fairless and Lancaster Fairfield Union.

The opening day of competition saw just a handful of field event finals as well as the 4×8. All other races contested were semifinals and the finals will be held Friday evening. Field events begin at both sites at 5 p.m. and running begins an hour later.

Nary a local competitor has earned a trip to the state meet during the first day of qualifying, but a trio of girls have put themselves in position.

River’s Abby Caldwell will be entered in two events on Friday night. She’s the fourth seed in the 100 meter dash after running a 12.77.

In the low hurdles, Caldwell enters the finals as the second seed at 46.55.

Bridgeport’s Briana Massey will be taking part in three events on Friday. Along with the long jump, she’ qualified to the final of the 100 and 200 meter dash. In the 100, she ran a 13.08 for the final qualifying spot.

In the 200, Massey turned in a 27.06, which is the eighth seed.

St. John Central’s Jessica Alvey will go after her first state trip in a pair of events. Along with the long jump, she’s earned the third seed at 59.47 in the 400 meter dash.

The Navarre regional once again proved to be extremely challenging.

Of those who had to qualify to the finals, only two area individuals earned a returned trip on Friday for the finals.

Barnesville senior Jeff Hart will take part in both the high and intermediate hurdles. He’s the eighth qualifier in both the highs (16.54) and the intermediates (42.09).

Bellaire senior Collin Kimbro advanced in the 100 meter dash with the eighth best time of 11.37.

Steubenville Central’s Moriah Vosteen became the first OVAC competitor to clinch a state berth. She won the regional high jump title, soaring over 5-2 for the gold medal.

The Division II meet gets under way this afternoon with area competitors making the trip to Muskingum University in New Concord for the regional.