A large number of Madison County athletes are one good throw, good jump or good race away from competing against Ohio’s very best at the OHSAA state championship meet next weekend at Ohio State.
The counties track and field athletes had strong showings at the Central District tournaments held last weekend.
The Lady Pioneers of Jonathan Alder scored 115 points in the D-II, District 2 meet and tied Bishop Hartley for the team championship, in a meet held at Westerville North High School.
Alder was particularly strong in the middle distance and distance races as well as in the relays. The top four finishers in each event advanced to this weekend’s D-II regional at Lexington High School and Saturday.
Senior Lexi Thorpe won the 800-meter doing so in 2:24.28. Teammate Maddy Killian was third in the race finishing with a time of 2:29.44. Freshman Maddie Davis earned a second in the 1,600 (5;23.76), while fellow freshman Morgan Hicks was also second in the 3,200 (11:44.16). Maddie Davis also advanced from the 3,200 field, as she came in fourth (12:15.14).
Sophomore Zoe Kanter was fourth in the 200 (28.19) and sophomore Donna Semenishin won the high jump competition by clearing 4-10, finished fourth in the 300 hurdles (50.43) and also qualified for the regional in the long jump (fourth, 14-06.5).
The girls team qualified for the regional in all four relay events, winning a pair of district titles.
The 3,200 team of Hicks, Maddie Davis, Killian and Thorpe finished in a time of 9:41.79, winning by nearly 16 seconds. The 1,600 relay foursome of Elaina Winslow, Emma Shepherd, Killian and Thorpe crossed the finish line in 4:10.80 almost four seconds ahead of second-place Heath.
The 800 relay was second (1:49.51) with Audrey Davis, Kanter, Shepherd and Thorpe. The 400 relay earned a regional spot with its fourth place finish (52.74). It consisted of Shepherd, Kanter, Helena Hall and Audrey Davis.
Other scoring, but not advancing were Audrey Davis who was sixth in the 200 (28.96), Winslow who fifth in the 400 (1:04.32), Ashlyn McDaniel who came in fifth in the 1,600 (5:39.01), Sandy Moser who placed sixth in the shot put (29-05) and Kyla Fryman who was sixth in the discus (89-02).
The London girls scored 32 points and placed ninth in the D-II, District 1 meet also held at Westerville North.
Red Raiders junior Destiny Clifton had a busy day on the track as she finished second in the 100 (13.17), and fourth in both the 200 (26.58) and the 400 (1:00.82).
LHS’ Hannah Coleman was eighth in the 800 (2:32.55), Jordan Marco placed sixth in the 3,200 (13:26.86).
The 1,600 relay earned two points by finishing seventh (4:42.67) with Clifton running with Kennedy Fellure, Amber Wolford and Coleman. The 3,200 relay was seventh with Marco, Wolford, Coleman and Alicia Alderman (11:23.54).
The London boys scored 75.5 points and placed third as a team in the D-II, District 1 meet. The Alder boys 65 points earned them fifth in the D-II, District 2 event.
For London, junior sprinter KJ Price won the 200 (22.52) and placed second in the 100 (11.38). Senior Nicky Alexander qualified for the regional in two events, he was second in the 800 (1:57.99) and fourth in the 1,600 (4:34.35). Senior Ray Jackson came in fourth in the discus (113-08).
The London High School 1,600 relay placed second and punched a ticket to the regional (3:30.55). Its members were Alexander, Price, Gavin Bonn and Ethan Pozy. The squad is also sending its 3,200 relay to the regional after it was fourth with Pozy, Cahill, Alexander and Dalton Johnson (8:30.64).
The Red Raiders Pozy also placed fifth in the 400 (52.70), Lance Cahill was sixth in the 3,200 (10:50.40), Julian Leilous was sixth in the 300 hurdles (43.23), Fullmer was fifth in the high jump (5-10), Hans Harris was seventh in the pole vault (11-03), Bonn placed fifth in the long jump (18-11.75). The 400 relay (45.16) just missed the regional by placing fifth with Price, Bonn, Andy Fulmer and Jalen Russell.
The Madison-Plains 800 relay earned a point by placing eighth (1:38.48). The relay consisted of Ryan Bevington, Paul Bryant, Griffin Jones and Michael Brown.
The Jonathan Alder boys moving to the regional include 800-meter champion Jase Headings who did so in 1:54.05. Gavin Frick was second in the 3,200 (10:00.76) and Luke Malone was fourth in the same event (10:15.82). Junior Clayton Boggs placed second in the 300 hurdles (42.37) and Daniel Heinig was third in the shot put (48-06).
The 800 relay was fourth (1:35.15) with Josh Kaeser, Boggs, Henry Walker and Headings. The 1,600 relay was third (3:33.10) with Kaeser, Boggs, Headings and Jordan Herrick. The 3,200 relay also qualified after coming in fourth in 8:15.92. That foursome was made up of Malone, Frick, Gray and Headings.
Others Jonathan Alder athletes who scored include Kaeser in the 400 (eighth, 53.32), Gray (seventh, 4:42.89) and Zach Hicks (eighth, 4:44.37) in the 1,600. Boggs placed sixth in the 110 hurdles (17.79) and Garrett Proxmire was fifth in the high jump (5-09).
The West Jefferson girls scored 26 points and finished ninth in the D-III, District 2 meet. Madison-Plains scored two points and finished 16th in the D-III, District 1 meet.
The Roughriders will be sending their district championship winning relay (53.37) to the D-III regional in Lancaster Wednesday and Friday. The relay included Grace Dingess, Katie Runyon, Laura Scott and Justice Holcomb.
The West Jefferson 800 relay quartet of Carlie Powell, Vanessa Peshko, Holcomb and Scott was fourth in 1:53.79 and will be moving on.
Casey Chaffins earned an individual spot in the regional by placing fourth in the high jump (4-11), she was also fifth in the 100 hurdles (17.72). Holcomb finished seventh in the long jump (15-10.25).
MPHS’ only two points came via a Sierra Lapasky seventh-place finish in the 200 (28.58).
West Jefferson scored 12 points and finished 10th in the D-III, District 2 meet.
The West Jefferson team got a seventh-place finish from its 400 relay team (48.09) of Gavin Frybarger, Justin Hooker, Zach Hahn and Scotty Hunter. It was also seventh in the 1,600 (3:53.22) with Thomas Farbacher, Conner Jeffers, McKinley Boyd and Chris Wilhoit.
Hunter, a junior, was seventh in the 200 (24.85), T.J. Cornelison tied for fourth in the high jump (5-07), but lost the tiebreaker to determine who would move on to the regional. Riley Stone was tied for seventh in the pole vault after clearing 5-04.
Reach Chris Miles at 740-852-1616, ext. 1618 or via Twitter @MadPressSports.