NEWCOMERSTOWN – A trio of local athletes put on impressive performances to highlight the action on Day 2 at the Division III Eastern District Track and Field Championships at Newcomerstown High School on Friday afternoon.
Shenandoah seniors Max McVicker and Shakur Payton, along with Buckeye Trail junior Franko Rome each put in exceptional efforts to win each of the top four spots in multiple events to qualify for the Division III regional meet of next week at Massillon Perry high school.
McVicker has competed in four events and landed his regional ticket in each of them for a perfect day on the track for the Zeps senior in his final preparation opportunity.
After qualifying for the regional in second year and then canceling last season due to COVID … McVicker was thrilled to be making a return trip to regional competition to close his Shenandoah track career.
“It’s really awesome… it’s huge,” McVicker offered. “My second year at the regional, I got fifth place at 110 and I barely missed getting out. And I remember watching the guys across the state run 110 and thinking I was so close. So now having the opportunity still means a lot, especially after missing last year. “
Regarding the warm conditions inside Lee Stadium on Friday, McVicker explained that he kinda liked the way it worked in regards to the weather.
“I like it when the conditions are a little warmer like today,” added McVicker. “For the 300 I tried to run more middle distance each day, and honestly for the 200 the only thing I can say is go as fast as I can and don’t Stop.
McVicker won two district championships winning the two 300-meter hurdles with a winning time of 43.16, while taking first place in the 110-meter hurdles in 15.75.
In the 200 meters, McVicker took second place in 22.52 for his third regional qualifying effort and ended his perfect day of 4 for 4 by teaming up with Julius Kirk, Joel Rataiczak and Payton to claim fourth place on the boys’ side. . Relay 4X200 in 1: 36.72.
Payton would then qualify for the regionals by winning the long jump in 20-8, and was second in the high jump with a 6-2 effort to advance to his third event.
Among other regional Shenandoah qualifications on the girls’ side, Kendall Mackie took first in the girls 3,200 meters (12: 12.48) and Brylee May third in the girls high jump (4-8).
Rome led the Warriors’ effort by also collecting a pair of district titles, both winning the 1,600-meter race in 4: 42.11 and then winning the 800-meter with a first place of 2: 04.45 .
Rome then qualified for their third regional event by teaming up with Koen Eagon, Dalton Laughman and Bryce Eagon to clinch third place in the boys 4X800 relay in 9: 09.50.
The Buckeye Trail 4X100 relay also progressed with Logan Hinkle, Noah Betts, Donovan Geiger and Brendan Bates finishing third (46.15) to qualify.
“I tried to really put my heart in tonight,” Rome said. “Coach Fisher really pushed me to do my best, and I really enjoy that. So really now it’s more about the mind, because I know my body can do it. I just need to. to stay in the right frame of mind and I’m fine. “
“Today it worked well for me,” continued Rome. “Now I’ll try the same approach once I get to the regionals. I’ll definitely do my best. We’re trying to get the district team title, that would be really great. We have a lot of good efforts today. from everyone.
Buckeye Trail enjoyed a solid team effort that day, fighting for most of the afternoon for the district team title. In the end, the Warriors settled for third place in the team standings with 72 points.
Tuscarawas Valley took first place with 111.5, with Shadyside second with 92 points. Steubenville Catholic Central was fourth with 61 points and Shenandoah completed the top five with 60. Caldwell was next with a total of 58 points for sixth place.
“I was just delighted with our efforts today. I told the youngsters who come in with the talent that we have that I hope we could be in contention for the team title,” said the head coach from Buckeye Trail, Nathan Fisher. “And we put in a hell of a lot of effort today … just a great performance.”
“We’re losing two seniors on the boys’ side this year,” Fisher added. “So with all of this young talent around fifty percent of the team are just freshmen coming back so the future looks pretty good to us.”
Rome will be very busy at the regional meet with many teammates also making the regional trip.
On the boys’ side, Kieran Krahel finished second on the disc (130-9); Bates second in pole vault (12-0) and fourth in 200 meters (23.10); Geiger was second in the 400 meters (52.74) and fourth in the 400 meters (53.12).
Caldwell’s regional qualifiers were Andrew Sheanshang second (4: 42.80) and Lucas King third (4: 48.55) in the 1,600-meter race; Skylar Roets fourth in the 100m (11.74); Blake Miller second in the 3,200-meter race (10: 53.09); Timothy Wehr second in shot put (47-10).
King, Sheanshang, Noah Scheich and Colby Langley teamed up to qualify in the 4X800 relay with a first time of 8: 51.80.
The Lady Warriors who will be making the regional trip have included Ava Tank in the high jump (4-8); Madison Paden fourth in the pole vault (8-3); Kathryn Williams in the 1,600m (5: 47.10).
Tank, Haylee Burris, Grace Shipe and Maria Adams then finished fourth in the 4X100 relay (55.77) to move on.
Barnesville led the local effort on the girls’ side placing second with 74.5 points, just behind first place Steubenville Catholic Central with 76. Garaway (56.5) was third, Shadyside fourth (55) and Strasbourg ( 51.33) completed the team’s five best scores. .
Buckeye Trail finished eighth (32), Shenandoah finished 11th (30) and Caldwell (23) finished 12th.
Lady Shamrock’s regional qualifying included Marah Bethel with a district title in the 1,600-meter race in 5: 31.16, then a second place in the 800-meter (2: 27.83). Sage Speck was third in the 1,600 meters (5: 42.02); Brynn Block was third in the 3,200-meter race (12: 25.88); Anna Yater switched to both the shot put (37-9) with a second place effort and was third on the disc (110-5).
Barnesville’s 4X100 relay team of Mila Yee, Zoey Hickenbottom, Alivia Campbell and Alana Trigg took third place to qualify for the regionals (55.71), along with team Bethel, Ayla Yater, Aubrey Johnson and Emma Helmick took third place in the 4X800 relay (10: 29.70).
NEXT – The local regional qualifiers will compete in the Division III competition at Massillon Perry High School next Wednesday and Friday.