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Many Find Difficulties In Division II

Shotputter McGee gets Purple Riders on board

June 8, 2013
By SETH STASKEY, For The Intelligencer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

COLUMBUS - It's amazing the difference in emotions in just a week's time.

A week ago, area competitors in Division II were racking up berths in the state track meet left and right.

However, once again this year, the Division II state meet was simply a different story for area competitors who ran into a very tough field at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of Ohio State University.

However, Martins Ferry got on the scoreboard for the second straight season thanks to senior standout Sean McGee.

The shotputter earned his second consecutive All-Ohio finish with a throw of 53-ft-11 3/4, which was good enough for seventh place. He was a fifth-place medalist last season.

McGee had some anxious moments during the event. Throwing in the first flight, McGee had just one mark on the board at 52-ft-0 3/4. However, it was good enough to squeak into the finals as the ninth thrower. From there, he moved up the ladder on his second-to-last throw.

"It was a little nerve-wracking waiting through that second flight," McGee said. "Once, I got in the finals, I knew all of the pressure was off and I only had three more throws left in my career, so I just let it all go."

Though disappointed he didn't finish as high, McGee was still pleased to get on the podium again.

"I never expected to be All-Ohio twice in the shot," McGee said. "I wasn't too bad as a freshman, but I never thought I'd be here twice."

Cambridge's Eric Fox finished second in the pole vault. He soared over 15-feet and trailed only three-time state champion Matt Rowland of Bellevue.

On the track, only three area competitors qualified for the Division II running finals.

St. Clairsville junior blazer Jaylon Brown continued his mission to get back to the awards podium after missing out last season in both the 100 and 200 meter dash. He finished with a time of 10.95 in the 100 and is seeded sixth in today's final.

In the 200, Brown turned in a 21.93, which gained him an automatic berth in the final by virtue of his second-place finish in his heat. He owns the fourth-best time in the field.

Indian Creek's Alex Young continued his rise to track and field fame in the 400 meter dash. The Redskins' everyday shortstop has tamed one of track's most grueling races each time out since joining the team for the postseason.

Young ran around the Owens oval in 50.16, which was good enough for second in his heat and fifth-best overall.

Steubenville junior Robert Hayden grabbed the final spot in the 100 meter dash final, turning in a 11.07.

Several athletes, however, will compete today in distance races and field events in Division II.

St. C. senior Alyssa Robinson will try to end her brilliant prep career in grand style once again this morning. She'll go after a repeat state title in the shot put. She enters with the second-best mark in the field.

Robinson competed and finished 12th in the discus throw Friday. The Penn State signee launched the platter to a mark of 114-ft-1.

Red Devils' seniors Amy Castle and Julianna Madzia will be in the distance races. Castle will run in both the 1,600 and 3,200, while Madzia earned a trip here in the 3,200.

St. C. senior Drake Walker will run in the 800 meters this afternoon as well.

Union Local's Kylie Russell will take part in this morning's pole vault.

Indian Creek's Max Lewis will join Walker in the 800 meter field this afternoon.

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