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Warriors run at State meet

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Lynk Tranter
The Warriors Lynk Tranter placed 9th in the 110 hurdles at last weekend's State Track and Field Championships in Columbus.

The 2013 high school track season came to an end last weekend at the annual State Track and Field Championships at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.

Carrollton had five representatives taking part in three events.

Junior Lynk Tranter had a solid meet, qualifying for the finals in the 110-hurdles. Tranter ran a time of 14.93 to place ninth.

He earned a place in the finals on Friday, running a season best qualifying time of 14.71 to get the ninth and final spot in the finals.

“This was a great experience for him (Tranter),” said Carrollton boys head coach Larry Cogan. “Running in front of 10,000 people will help him greatly in his senior season to get back to the state meet.”

For the girls, sophomore Stephanie Donley ran a time of 12.76 in the 100-meter dash on Friday, but it was not good enough to get into Saturday’s finals.

The 1,600-meter relay team of junior Naomi Young, junior Lindsay Schandel, freshman Kady Davis and Donley ran a strong race, missing the finals by one spot. They placed 10th with a time of 4:06.7.

Stephanie Donley
Stephanie Donley crosses the finish line during the 100-meter dash prelims last Friday. She was also a member of the 1,600-meter relay team.

All four team members will return next year.

NBC track
The Northeastern Buckeye Conference didn’t win any team championships at last weekend’s State Track and Field Championships at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.

But, a number of individuals turned in outstanding performances.

Minerva only had two athletes at this year’s meet, but both earned places on the podium.

Sophomore discus specialist Maddie Fischer placed fourth in the girls Division II with a throw of 126’ 7” last Friday.

Also for the Lions, senior Kaele Lightfoot wrapped up an outstanding high school career with a seventh place finish in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:15.97.

The Canton South Lady Wildcats brought home a third and fifth place finish.

The 400-meter relay team of Ebonee Williams, Sydney Vaughn, Taylor Thompkins and Imani Bush finished third with a time of 49.0. Thompkins also placed fifth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.40.

Haley Davis from West Branch placed 12th in the 1,600-meter run and the 1,600-meter relay team of Erin Carver, Kyla Sharp, Haley Davis and Alex Tubbs ran a time of 4:03.74 to place ninth.

Salem’s Ciera Trybend, who won the discus throw at this year’s NBC meet, placed fifth in the discus with a throw of 124-11.

On the boys side, the NBC had one state champion. Senior discus thrower Anthony Shivers of Salem defended his 2012 state championship with a stadium record throw of 203’2”. Also in the discus, Anthony Wilks of Marlington placed fourth in Division I with a throw of 179’11”.

Salem also got a second place finish from Zack Wukotich in the high jump with 6’8”. The Quakers’ 1,600-meter relay team of Ryan Bush, Daniel Rumsey, Cameron Turney and Blake Veglia placed 11th with a time of 3:29.55.

For the West Branch Warriors, Andrew Filp placed 11th in the shot put with a throw of 51’5.75” and the 3,200-meter relay team of Tyler Ware, Dustin Greenawalt, Jerry Sanor and Drake Lohnes placed 15th with a time of 8:23.13.

Outside of the NBC, the Sandy Valley Cardinals had three athletes in Columbus. Andra Lehotay placed sixth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:15.16. For the boys, Ben Lehotay was 15th in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 10:06.11 and Luke Sommer was 14th in the high jump with a jump of 6-feet even.

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