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TRACK: St. C. Boys Claim Regional Championship

Plethora of others are headed for Columbus

June 2, 2013
By MIKE MATHISON , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

ATHENS - St. Clairsville won the Ohio Division II Eastern Regional team track and field boys' title Saturday at The Plains High School with 48 points, beating second-placed Cambridge by six points.

"It was a great day," Red Devils coach Ben Frye said. "Days like this don't come around very often. We're very pleased and a little bit pleasantly surprised. We were just trying to get kids to Columbus.

"We really didn't anticipate something like this. I'm so proud of these kids and what they accomplished. We had a lot of big-time performances, by both our girls and boys."

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St. C.’s Juliana Madzia won the 3200 on Saturday.

Photo by Mike Mathison

Junior Jaylon Brown led the way with wins in the 100 (11.08), 200 (21.82) and anchored the winning 4x100 relay team with Jesse Smith, Isiah Green and Jay Gossett in 43.79.

"This is wonderful," said Brown, who finished fourth in the 200 at the state meet as a freshman. "Last year was a letdown for me. My freshman year I qualified in four events (for Columbus) and last year I came out and didn't qualify for anything (due to injury).

"This year I'm doing my best to get back on that podium."

St. Clairsville's Drake Walker finished second in the 800 with his 1:56.19. Hillsboro's Jarrod Hart won the race in 1:55.66. Indian Creek's Max Lewis qualified fourth in 1:58.26.

The Red Devils' Michael Eaton qualified for the state meet on Friday with a third-place finish in the pole vault at 14-feet.

St. Clairsville senior Juliana Madzia took the 3200 with an eight-lap time of 11:26.42.

"I wanted to go out in 5:30 for the first mile, try to do the next two laps pretty hard and then see what I could do after that," she said.

She now looks forward to Jesse Owens Stadium.

"Next week is pretty important because I'm not running in college, so it's kind of my last hurrah," she said.

Senior teammate Amy Castle had an impressive double as she extended her season to Columbus by qualifying in the 1600 (third, 5:16.62) and 3200 (fourth, 11:38.80).

"I wasn't sure about the 1600," she admitted. "I have been hurt the last couple of weeks, so it was 50-50 if I would qualify. I am thankful for that kick in the last 200."As for the 3200, my parents have a saying, 'the rest is just gravy.' I'm very happy that I am going to Columbus in two events."

St. Clairsville's Kennady Walker, Ayla Stewart, Alli Greenwood and Audra Vrotsos qualified in the 4x100 with a second-place finish in 1:46.69. Walker, Stewart, Claire Slavik and Vrotsos then finished third in the 4x100 in 50.69. Both are season bests.

Vrotsos anchored both races and crossed the line both times with a big smile on her face.

Red Devils senior Alyssa Robinson will also double dip in Columbus after placing third in the discus at 112-02. She is also the defending state champ in the shot put.

The St. Clairsville girls finished fourth with 54 points, behind West Holmes (99.5) and John Glenn (67), which was led by standout Haley Gregory, who won the 100 hurdles (14.69), 100 (12.41) and 300 hurdles (44.53).

The Harrison Central foursome of junior Blake Yoho and seniors James Thompson, Dakota Malcomb and Josh Moore are regional champs with their 3:28.67 in the 4x400.

Moore received the baton in third place.

Union Local senior Collin Jones continues to improve in the 300 hurdles. His 39.90 was good for second place and his first trip to Columbus.

"That race was huge, it's what I've been working for all year," he said. "I really wanted the win, but just the fact that I qualified made it just as good.

"I just want to keep dropping time. I broke the 40-mark and I just want to keep going down. I'm happy with it."

Union Local sophomore pole vaulter Kylie Russell, a neophyte to the sport, is also heading to Columbus after a mark of 9-foot-9 to place second.

Martins Ferry junior Brian Styles and sophomores Hunter Hill, Jack Fitch and Andrew Watts qualified for next week in the 4x200 (second, 1:31.51) and 4x100 (fourth, 44.27).

Indian Creek senior Alex Young continued his amazing run to Columbus as the baseball player turned track athlete clocked a 49.91 to win the 400.

It appears Young will have the seventh-fastest timed heading into Jesse Owens Stadium.

Indian Creek's Lewis clocked a 1:58.26 to place fourth in the 800.

Other locals also qualifying were: Steubenville's Toshchel Demus (fourth, 100 hurdles, 15.45), Joey Nodianos (third, 110 hurdles, 15.15), EliseWatts (fourth, long jump, 15-6.75), Robert Hayden (second, 100, 11.27), Hayden, Garon Lytle, Nodianos and Perrier Coleman (fourth, 4x200, 1:32.24), Watts, Demus, Cierra Macon and Shilynn Crawford (fourth, 4x100, 51.05) and JaQuan Lavender (third, 400, 50.81).

Edison's Katelyn Pollock (third, long jump, 15-11).

Martins Ferry's Sean McGee (fourth, shot put, 52-5).

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