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Local athletes gearing up for state tournament

By Norwalk Reflector Staff • May 31, 2016 at 6:00 AM

The state tournament this weekend closes the track and field season.

The action, which is at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, starts Friday and concludes Saturday.

Locally, St. Paul, Monroeville, Western Reserve, New London and South Central in Division III and Edison II will have participants.

The Lady Flyers are sending three relays to state, including junior Kaeleigh Stang and sophomores Gabby Scavuzzo, Meghan Hedrick and Olivia Powers in the 1600 and Scavuzzo, Hedrick, junior Hannah Mink and Powers 400 and 800.

In the 800 relay, St. Paul checks in at 1:46.97 for the eighth spot.

Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas holds the top spot at 1:45.04. The prelim race is at 10:30 a.m. Friday and finals at 9:45 a.m. Saturday

The Lady Flyers are ranked 13th in the 400 relay at 51.33. Creston Norwayne has the fastest time at 50.06.

The prelim race is scheduled for 10:50 a.m. Friday and final 10:20 a.m. Saturday.

And the 1600 relay prelim is at noon Friday and finals 11:55 a.m. Saturday.

St. Paul’s 4:04.07, which won the Lancaster regional, ranks ninth overall. Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas brings in the best time with a 3:59.62.

In the relays, the top two in each heat and next fastest times qualify for the finals.

New London’s Morgan Luedy will have a busy day with prelim races in the 100, 200 and 100 and 300 hurdles within two hours.

In her first race, the 100 hurdles at 10 a.m., Friday, the junior’s 15.58 is tied for eighth with Defiance Tinora Claire Keber.

Lore City Buckeye Trail sophomore Kylie Cutlip has the fastest time in 14.36. The prelim race is 10 a.m. Friday and final 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Next up is the 100 prelim at 10:20 a.m. Friday.

Her state qualifying time is 12.72. Dayton Miami Valley School senior Taylor Middleton ranks first at 12.21. The final is at 9:40 a.m. Saturday.

Luedy’s has a little bit of a break, competing in the the 300 hurdles at 11:20 a.m. Friday.

Luedy will look to improve on a time of 47.72. Rittman senior Maddy McDermott has the fastest qualifying time at 44.20.

The final is at 10:40 a.m. Saturday.

Just 20 minutes later, Luedy goes in the 200. Her 26.02 is ninth fastest. Hannibal River senior Abby Caldwell has the top spot at 25.41.

That final is at 11:20 a.m. Saturday.

The top two in each heat and next best five times advance to the finals.

Western Reserve senior Brooke Buckannon will compete in the discus and shot put Friday.

The discus is at 1 p.m. and shot put 4.

Buckhannon ranks ninth at 126-11 in the discus and eighth in the shot put at 38-3.

Columbus Grove senior Lyne’a Diller holds the top spot in each event with a 157-10 in the discus and 47-7.50 shot put.

Kristen Smith will represent Monroeville in the 400.

The sophomore has the fourth-fastest time at 57.90. Toledo Christian senior Micah Johnston has the best time in 56.36.

The prelim race is 11 a.m. Friday with the final at 10:35 a.m. Saturday.

Smith finished eighth in the event last season as a freshman.

On the boys’ side in Division III, New London’s Spencer Cole and Willard’s Tyler Gahring  in the 400, Western Reserve’s Brendon Oswalt 1600, Willard’s Cory Barnett 800 and South Central’s Carson Kinney shot put and discus qualified for state.

Cole, a senior, has the top time entering state at 49.66. He is just one of two participants to have a sub 50 time, the other is Columbus Academy sophomore Jerome Buckner at 49.80.

Gahring will look to improve on a 50.71 time.

The semifinal is scheduled for 11:10 a.m. Friday. The top two in each heat and next five best times qualify for the finals, at 10:35 a.m. Saturday.

Barnett, a senior, ranks seventh with a time of 1:57.69. East Canton sophomore Josh Conrad leads the pack at 1:55.79.

The final is slated for 10:55 a.m. Saturday.

In the 1600, Oswalt, a junior, checks in at 4:29.80, good for 10th overall.

Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas senior Jacob Caniford holds the top spot at 4:20.23 for the final, which is scheduled for 10:05 a.m. Saturday.

Kinney will pull double duty on Friday —competing in the shot put at 1 p.m. and discus 4.

Kinney, a senior, ranks seventh in the shot (51-09.50) and ninth discus (151-3).

Arcadia senior Shae Watkins has the top marks in both at 56-2 in the  shot and 174-1 discus.

Kinney was fourth in the discus and 11th in shot last season at state.

The last piece of the puzzle of the state tournament was Saturday as Division II participants tried to punch their ticket to Columbus.

At Lexington High School, Bryce Ostheimer in the 300 hurdles and the 1600 relay team of Dan Stoll, Clay Goodwin, Tyler Scott and Ostheimer qualified for Edison.

Ostheimer set the school record in the 300 hurdles at 39.01 and placed fourth, securing his spot at state.

The 1600 team finished fourth in a time of 3:24.84.

On Thursday, Marcquez Johnson took first in the long jump at 23-2.25 to advance.

Johnson, a senior, leads the pack in the long jump.

Tre Tucker, of Cuyahoga Falls CVCA, is the next closest at 22-7.25.

The prelims and finals start at 9:30 a.m. Friday.

Ostheimer, a junior, ranks sixth in the 300 hurdles. St. Clairsville junior Malachi Mellema enters state with the fastest time at 38.25.

The prelim is 3:30 p.m. Friday. The top two in each heat and next best five times move on to the final at 2:15 p.m. Saturday.

And Edison’s 1600 relay team is fifth overall. Caledonia River Valley has the top time at 3:22.63.

The prelim is slated for 4:10 p.m. Friday. The top two and next best five times advance to the finals at 3:15 p.m. Saturday.

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