13 will head to Columbus
COLUMBUS – Time to run.
Time to throw.
Time to jump.
Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at Ohio State University will host the Ohio State Track and Field Championships Friday and Saturday.
Thirteen local athletes will don track apparel for the final time this year and all have the same goal in mind – make the podium.
That is something Steubenville Catholic Central graduates Monica Rigaud and Moriah Vosteen have been on the podium the previous two years and look for a three-peat.
Rigaud finished second (15.39) a year ago in the Division III 100 hurdles and was fourth (15.85) as a sophomore.
She qualified third at 15.03 at the regional championships last week at Fairless High School.
Rigaud is in Lane 2 in the first heat. Her qualifying mark is second in her heat and fourth overall.
The top two in each heat and the next fastest five times will qualify for Saturday’s finals.
The 800, 1600 and 3200 will be run Saturday.
Vosteen heads to Columbus with the regional championship at 5-foot-4 in her pocket. Vosteen placed eighth last year and seventh as a sophomore, both at 5-2.
“I really want to make 5-5 or 5-6,” she said. “I’m tired of jumping 5-4.”
She holds the school record at that height with Jen Smith and sister Jane Clare Vosteen.
“I really want that school record,” she said. “I’ve been tying it since my sophomore year.
“I am really happy to be going back to Columbus. I am looking forward to it.”
Two girls qualified at 5-5 and five at 5-4.
Indian Creek’s Max Lewis won the Division II 800 at regional championships at Muskingum University at 1:56.90, a PR, and that seeds him ninth, with the top time of 1:52.62 belonging to Ryan Adams of Cuyahoga Falls CVCA.
Lewis made it to Columbus last year as a sophomore, finished 12th, and now heads into next week with a different attitude.
“Last year, I looked at times and I was near the back of the pack,” he said. “When I raced there I was surprised to see how close I was to the people up front.
“I wasn’t by them, but I was within a couple of steps the whole time. This year, I’m going to run with the best of them, see if I can win, how high up there I can place and see what time I get.
“Go all out.”
Edison graduate Ashley Borsch won the regional title in the 300 hurdles and heads back to Columbus in the same event she qualified in as a sophomore.
Her personal best of 46.5 landed her in Lane 5 in the first heat. It is the fifth-best time in her heat and 10th overall.
“I’m beyond excited. I’m so happy,” she said. “I never thought winning was going to happen. I was told to run my race and I did. This is amazing. This is a dream come true right now.
“My senior year did not start out well at all. Last year, I had a really good chance of winning, but I messed up my ankle at regional semifinals. This year, I knew I needed to work on my basics. It all comes together when you push yourself and give your heart.
“Now, I have one goal and that’s to get on the podium at states.”
Steubenville Big Red sophomore Elise Watts has qualified in three events – 100 hurdles, long jump and 4×200 relay.
She partnered with Kira Newburn, Lysaih Rice and Knisha Sanders to run 1:46.18, which is eighth in their heat (Lane 7) and 15th overall.
Watts ran 15.54 in the hurdles, to gain Lane 7 in the second heat. It is sixth in her heat and 11th overall.
Her leap of 16-10 is 10th best in the long jump. The qualifying leader at 18-3 is Vermillion senior Hannah Bartlome. Watts finished fourth in the event a year ago.
Indian Creek graduate Whitney Martin qualified in the 100 and 200.
Her 100 time of 12.36 puts her in Lane 6 in the first heat. It is third-best in the heat and seventh overall.
Her 200 clocking of 25.27 gives her Lane 8 in the second heat. It is fourth-fastest in her heat and sixth overall.
Redskins graduate Kristen Shimko’s discus toss of 113-11 is 16th best.
Indian Creek freshman Madison Smith ran 1:00.19 to qualify 16th in the 400 and will run in Lane 1 of the second heat.
Big Red graduate Ja’Quan Lavender qualified in the 400 for the second year in a row. His 49.99 clocking puts him seventh in his heat and 13th overall. He will run out of Lane 3.
Steubenville graduate Joey Nodianos qualified in the 100 hurdles in 15.05, tied for sixth in his heat (Lane 7) and tied for 12th overall.