The Division III, Region 11 track meet begins today at Fairfield Union High School in Lancaster and will conclude Friday. Several local teams will be represented at the regional with athletes competing for a chance to advance on to the state meet.
Leading off with Waterford, the Wildcats will be led by a pair of 2013 all-staters in Ally Rohrer and Maddy Sury. Rohrer and Sury were both district champs in two events and are favored to do well at the regional meet.
“Obviously, their times are some of the best in the state,” said Waterford girls coach Scott Miller. “They’re starting to really hit on all cylinders which is what we’re expecting this time of year.”
Rohrer won district titles in the 100 meter hurdles (15.46 seconds) and the 200 meter dash (26.63) while Sury was the champion in the 800 meter run (2 minutes, 18.34 seconds) and the long jump (17 feet, .5 inches). The duo will also compete in the 4 by 200 and 4 by 400 relays, joining Maggie Kroll and Lydia Beardsley.
Individually, Kroll will look to advance to state in the 400 while Beardsley will represent Waterford in the pole vault. Katie Semon will run in the 3200 and also team up with Taylor Hilverding, Cierra Jarvis and Trinity Jaeger in the 4 by 800 relay, which Miller thinks could do some damage.
“They’ve worked really, really hard,” Miller said. “They could come out and really surprise some people, whether they advance or not.”
Overall, the Lady Wildcats stand a very good chance of sending several athletes to state.
“They know exactly what they need to do,” Miller said. “And this bunch of kids has the determination to do it.”
The Waterford boys will be represented by Eli Strahler in the 3200 and Jacob McCutcheon in the 110 hurdles and the long jump.
Strahler was a district champ in the 3200 and his time of 10:18.77 ranks about right in the middle of the regional field.
McCutcheon will compete in the long jump finals today while everyone else will look to advance to Friday’s finals.
Fort Frye will also have two athletes looking to return to state for the second year in a row. KyLynn Buchanan, a district champ in the pole vault (9-6), competed in the same event at state last season while Hart, the 300 hurdles district winner (47.40), went to state in the 400 a year ago.
Both are hoping for a return trip to Columbus in their respective events.
Hart will also join Kelsey Sampson, MaryKate McElroy and Katelin Hart in the 4 by 400 relay.
McElroy and Sampson will both compete in three events total at the regional. Along with the relay, McElroy will run in the 1600 and 3200 while Sampson will be in the 400 and high jump.
Katelin Hart will try to place fourth or better in the 800.
The Fort Frye boys are scheduled to compete at Navarre Fairless High School today and Friday in the D3, Region 9 meet. 1600 runners Matthew Cheeseman and Ford McElroy will try to give the Cadets a boys representative at state.
Belpre will have athletes all over the place in Lancaster today and Friday.
The Golden Eagles will have Sam Petty, Devin Daniell, Matt Colvin and D.J. Leftwich in four events apiece while Cray Sistrunk and Matt Lopreste will compete in three and Kyle Windland will be in two.
Taryn Carr will compete in the 100 hurdles, the 300 hurdles and the 200 dash for the Belpre girls as will the 4 by 100 relay team of Cheyenne Barker, Sierra Barker, Lacy Green and Lindsay Stanley.
Caldwell’s girls will compete in Lancaster while the boys will be at Navarre. The Redskins will look to do damage in the distance events.
Jenna and Lindsey Furr will be in the 3200 on the girls side while the boys will have Tanner Harding and Jonathan Niswonger in the two-mile. Katie Saling will run in the 1600 for the girls.
Both teams will try to advance their 4 by 800 relay teams. The boys will have Harding, Niswonger, Alex Gregg and Sean Whetstone while Jenna Furr, Katie Saling, Haylee Saling and Lexi Waller will represent the Lady Redskins.
Caldwell’s girls will also have the 4 by 400 relay team of Waller, Jenna Furr, Katie Saling and Marissa Radcliff competing.
Events begin at 4 p.m. today and 5 p.m. Friday in both locations.