4x800 Meter Relay
Two girls return from last year's finals. Orange Jr. Jasmine Harris leads the State with a non- wind aided 14.20. She is also the fastest Regional qualifier winning the Youngstown Region in 14.02. She was 3rd last year with a 14.29. So. Ellie Ruby of Wheelersburg is OH #3 with a 14.69. She won the Plains Region with a 14.72 and was 5th last year in 14.95. Two other girls, Fr. Lea King Of Perry an Sr. Elise Watts of Steubenville qualified with times under 15. King ran 14.91. Watts 14.82. Hard not to go with Harris in this one.
Four girls return from last years finals including the defending champion and D2 State Record holder (11.67), Sr. Michaela Butler of Liberty-Benton (11.68). Joining her from last year are Stuebenville Sr. Lysaih Rice (4th, 12.17) and Jr. Jamari McDavid of Kenton Ridge (2nd, 12.08). Butler is the only one under 12. Expect Rossford Jr. Regan Clay to challenge Butler. Clay is OH #2 with an 11.90. West Geauga Sr. Brittni Mason should be in the mix as well. She has run 12.07. Butler should defend her title and may break her own State record.
4x200 Meter Relay
The Youngstown Region saw OH #1 and 2 times last weekend. Beaumont ran 1:42.93 and Buchtel was just behind them in a 1:43.63. The Lexington Regional winner, the Columbus School for Girls ran an OH #3 1:43.77 and the Dunbar girls won the Dayton Region in the exact same time. These are the only four times under 1:44. This one will be close and like the 4x100, just may come down to exchanges. The Beaumont girls are: Jr. Mariah Benson, Sr. Caitlyn Lux, Jr. Reba Bartram and Sr. Mia Cannata.
4x100 Meter Relay
400 Meter Dash
Of the 8 underclassman in last year's final, only three return this year: Defending Champion Jr. Regan Clay of Rossford, runner-up Sr. Tiona Lattimore of Hughes Center and Jr. Maquila Norman who was 4th. Clay won last year in a time of 55.29 and ran 54.77 in winning the Lexington Region. She is ranked OH #1 All Divisions. Lattimore won the Dayton Region in 55.09. Lattimore is OH #3 All Divisions. The only other girl under 56 is Sr. Alexa Peoples of Columbus East. Peoples was 2nd to Clay in Lexington, running a 55.94. Clay should win her 2nd D2 400m Title, but she will have to go under 55 again to do it.
300 Meter Hurdles
800 Meter Run
200 Meter Dash
3200 Meter Run
One thing is for sure, we will see a new 3,200 champion this year. Dominique Clarimonte won the double last year but is out with an injury. Jr. Emma Hoellrich has the only Regional time that is ranked in the D2 top 10. She won the Plains Region in 11:03.12 which placed her D2 #4. It is the fastest State qualifying time. Throw these out. Alter Sr. Abby Nichols is doubling, but has the State's fastest time of 10:48.61. She didn't run the 3,200 last year at State. Jr. Michelle Hostettler of West Holmes was 5th last year in 11:07.45, but has run a D2 #2 10:51.30 this year. In addition to these three, Jr. Maddie Dunlap of Carrollton is the only other girl under 11:05. She has run 11:03.01. A lot in this race nay depend on who is doubling, but these four girls should make it a very competitive race. If Nichols doubles, Hostettler should win.
4x400 Meter Relay
The Columbus School for Girls has the only D2 time in the State under 4:00 with a 3:59.88. The top 12 times in the State were all run in the Regionals. Aside from the CSG girls time, the next 11 are separated by 2.99 seconds. This is any ones race and will be one of the most competitive 4x4 finals of the day. The CSG girls are: Sr. Isabella Pesavento, Jr. Ayla Kazemi, Fr. Alicia Donley and Sr. Eleanor Smith.
Jr. Lauren Jones of Garrettsville-Garfield is OH #1 with a throw of 160-11. She threw this last week in winning the Youngstown Regional. The next farthest throw is 145-08 by Jr. Kayla Barreca of Newton Falls. Jones is the defending champion with a throw last year of 141-01. Barreca was 6th with a throw of 128-01. Only two other girls have thrown over 140 this year: so. Beyonce Bobbitt of Milton-Union has thrown 144-2 and Trinity Sr. Daija Young has thrown 143-6. Jones will win her 2nd State Championship in the Discus.
Jr. Paula Wollenslegel of Clyde is the defending Champion with a jump of 5-7. So. Marissa Gwinner of Galion was 3rd with a jump of 5-5. Two girls come out of Regionals with jumps of 5-7 or better. Akron Manchester Jr. Alyssa Matheny jumped 5-07.25 to win the Youngstown Regional and Paula Wollenslegel went 5-7 to win the Lexington Regional. Jr. Regan Clay of Rossford joins them with a jump this year of 5-7. Fr. Allie Marshall of Fairland, Lilly Ritz of Cambridge and So. Marissa Gwinner of Galion have all gone 5-6. Will we see a jump of 5-8 or higher? It may take that to win.
Port Clinton Sr. Morrisa Mallory was 2nd last year with a toss of 43-02. She comes in with a D2 leading 44-04 that she threw in her Lexington Regional win. #2 at Lexington was Triway Jr. Kaitlyn Merwin with a throw of 43-07.25. the other two girls with throws over 40' are Trinity Sr. Daija Young with a throw of 41-10.50 and Garrettsville Garfield Jr. Lauren Jones at 41-05.00. Mallory and Merwin should go at it again in the finals to determine who get the title.