LANCASTER - Waterford's Ally Rohrer and Caldwell's Jenna Furr claimed regional championships at the Division III, Region 11 finals Friday evening at Fairfield Union High School.
Rohrer took home the 100 meter hurdles crown with a time of 15.62 seconds while Furr ran the 3200 in 11:36.47 to grab the regional title. Both athletes went to state in the same events last season.
Rohrer also qualified for the state meet in the 4 by 200 meter relay. Rohrer, Maddy Sury, Maggie Kroll and Lydia Beardsley combined to run the 4 by 200 in a school record time of 1:47.52, good for second at the regional. They broke the record of 1:49.53 that they set in the preliminaries on Wednesday.
"The girls ran a phenomenal time in the 4 by 2," said Waterford girls coach Scott Miller. "They broke the record by two seconds. Everybody had a good day."
Sury qualified for state in two other events. She was second in the high jump (16 feet, 8.75 inches) and third in the 800 (2:18.42). She went to Columbus in both events last year as well.
Belpre's Cray Sistrunk finished fourth in the 1600 to clinch a berth at the state meet. Sistrunk ran the mile in 4:34.08.
The Golden Eagles also qualified their 4 by 100 relay team of Sam Petty, Matt Colvin, Matt Lopreste and Devin Daniell, which finished third (44.79).
Fort Frye's lone state qualifier was Natalie Hart in the 300 hurdles. Hart placed fourth in the race with a time of 46.57.
Shenandoah's Caleb Moore is also state-bound. Moore ran the 110 meter hurdles in 15.43 seconds to take fourth place.
Just missed state
The 2014 track season came to an end for several local athletes.
Fort Frye's MaryKate McElroy placed seventh in the 1600 (5:25.74) and 10th in the 3200 (12:33).
Her teammate KyLynn Buchanan was a seventh-place finisher in the pole vault. She cleared nine feet. Katelin Hart was a 10th-place finisher in the 800 (2:26.88).
For the Fort Frye boys, Matthew Cheeseman and Ford McElroy placed seventh and 12th, respectively, in the 1600 at Navarre Fairless High School in the Region 9 meet.
Cheeseman's time was 4:35.61 and McElroy's was 4:47.96.
For Waterford, Beardsley no-heighted in the pole vault while Katie Semon placed 13th in the 3200 (12:50.33). On the boys side, Eli Strahler was 11th in the two-mile with a time of 10:26.96.
For Belpre's boys team, the 4 by 200 relay team placed eighth (1:35.62) in the finals and Kyle Windland finished in 13th-place in the 3200 (10:44.95).
Furr's younger sister Lindsey barely missed out on going to state, placing fifth in the 3200 with a time of 12:16.95.
Teammate Katie Saling was 10th in the 1600 at 5:35.86.
Shenandoah's Kylee Kasper finished sixth in the 400 with a time of 1:00.30.
The state meet kicks off Friday at 9:30 a.m. and will go through Saturday evening.