NAVARRE - The East Palestine girls 3200-meter relay team beat the storm and the school record Wednesday.
Senior Korynn Crawford, junior Justina Stanislaw and sophomores Haley Hall and Hannah Hall broke a 27-year-old school record before lightning delayed the Navarre Division III regional meet in the middle of the boys race.
The Bulldogs came up short of a state berth, but placed ninth in a school-record time of 10 minutes, 11.2 seconds during a downpour at Barry Askren Memorial Track.
"They wanted to get on the podium, which is top eight," East Palestine coach John Stephens said. "Once they got the school record, it was bittersweet."
The Bulldogs broke the school record of 10:13.2 set in 1987 by Chaney Wales, Courtney Wales, Christy Geiss and V. Wittenauer.
"We knew we were close after the district meet," Stephens said. "That's all they were talking about."
The Bulldogs almost didn't get a chance to run. Officials had their names listed under the boys race and coaches had to
The top four in each event advance to the state track meet in Columbus on June 6-7.
The Hall twins and Crawford joined freshman Blair Nulf on the 1600 relay team that finished 13th (4:26.96) in the last race of the night.
Also for East Palestine, freshman Delaney Snyder tied for eighth place in the high jump (4-8).
"Three girls who ran the 4x8 also ran in the 4x4 and I know they were tired," Stephens said. "I don't think it was the weather tonight. It was the waiting, waiting and waiting and then there was the lightning delay."
Western Reserve took 14th place. Freshman Ashleigh Rowley, sophomore Marissa Phillips, senior Becca Jamison and junior Taylor Smith ran a season-best 10:43.86.
The South Range boys 3200 relay team seniors Colton Hiner and Eric Liston, junior Jordan Roush and sophomore Ben Stebelton finished 10th in 8:40.39, the best time in the area this season.
The meet was stopped at 4:50 p.m. when lightning danced across the sky over the track as the boys race was nearing the halfway point. They reran the race at 5:45 p.m. with the Raiders posting near identical splits.
Columbiana senior Noah McBride came the closest to earning a state berth among area athletes.
He leaped 19-feet-10 on his first jump in the finals to put him in fourth place. It was short-lived as the next two jumpers passed him and McBride settled for sixth place, less than 4 inches short of a state berth.
Western Reserve junior Brian Sunderman was seventh (19-9) and Crestview sophomore Zack Hicks was 13th (18-10).
Springfield sophomore Quinn Crowe was eighth in the girls shot put (35-3 1/2). McDonald seniors Jail'Lyn Mosley and Tory Ross finished first (40-7 1/2) and third (39-6 3/4), respectively.
Columbiana junior Shayla Ray and Springfield sophomore Catie Leipply were among the four girls high jumpers who did not clear the opening height of 4-8. Ray was 11th at the state meet last year.
On the run
Wellsville senior Shartece Taylor, the state runner-up last year, got through the 100-meter dash semifinals.
Taylor was third in her heat and seventh overall in 12.90 seconds. She was the district champion last season.
The top two in each heat plus the next four fastest times advance to Friday's regional finals.
Canton Central Catholic senior Katie Mokros posted the top times in the 100 dash (12.44) and 200 dash (26.12). She is the defending state champion in both events.
McDonald senior Frankie Humphries earned the eighth and final spot in Friday's 100 dash finals in 12.99 seconds.
It will be an Inter-Tri County League sprint to the finish in the boys 400 relay on Friday.
Mineral Ridge (44.31), Western Reserve (44.39) and South Range (a season-best 44.52) ran the three fastest times Wednesday.
Western Reserve's squad includes seniors Josh Vuletich and Marc Harper and juniors Brian Sunderman and Joe Falasca, while South Range goes wtih seniors Tanner Greene, Bryce Allen and Adam Meloy and sophomore Caleb Chaffee.
Meloy had an outstanding day as he advanced in four events. Besides the 400 relay, Meloy was second fastest in the 200 dash with a personal-best 22.58 seconds, while joining Greene, Allen and Chaffee on the 800 relay that was eighth fastest (1:33.98) and Green, Hiner and Stebelton on the 1600 relay that was eighth fastest (a season-best 3:32.25).
Falasca was third fastest in the 110 hurdles (15.11) behind Warren JFK junior Chad Zallow, the defending state champion (14.29).
Springfield sophomore Courtney Cyrus advanced with the sixth-fastest time in the girls 100 hurdles (a personal-best 15.81).
Cyrus gained the fourth and final regional berth in the 300 hurdles by two-hundredths of a seconds Friday and missed out on advancing to the regional finals by two-hundredths of a second. She finished ninth fastest (48.63).
Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas set the lone meet record in the first race of the day, the girls 3200 relay. Athena Welsh, Kacee Soehnlen, Danielle Palutsis, Molly Pusateri ran a winning time of 9:27.53. Welsh and Pusateri were on the Knights' seventh-place team at state last year.
Among the boys not advancing out of Wednesday's semifinals were Springfield junior Randy Groves, ninth in the 400 dash (52.75); South Range senior Tanner Greene, 10th (23.46), and Lisbon freshman Jason Thompson, 14th (24.17), in the 200 dash; and Columbiana sophomore Dalton Miller, 14th in the 100 dash (11.59).
Western Reserve's 1600 relay team of seniors Anthony Bolton and Marc Harper and juniors Brian Sunderman and Joe Falasca was ninth (3:33.54).
The Western Reserve boys 800 relay team, which came in with the fifth-fastest time, was disqualified.
Girls not advancing were the Springfield sophomores Caitlyn Cyrus, Samantha Bertin, Cecilia Bieznieks and Courtney Cyrus were ninth in the 800 relay (1:50.43) and 10th in the 400 relay (52.78); the Western Reserve 400 relay team of juniors Baylee Harley and Hannah Grace, sophomore Lauren Falasca and senior Paige Ewing was 11th (52.90); Lisbon junior Bobbi Jo Evans was 13th in the 400 dash (64.11);
The boys pole vault started Wednesday, but was suspended due to the wet conditions. It will resume at 3 p.m. Friday at Fairless High School.
The remaining field events will start at 5 p.m. Friday, followed by the running finals at 6 p.m.