Central’s Vosteen makes the podium

COLUMBUS – Steubenville Catholic Central graduate Moriah Vosteen stepped into some pretty select company Friday.

She has joined alum Teddi Jo Maslowski as the only Crusaders in recent memory to stand on the podium three straight years in the same individual event at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Vosteen tied for fifth in the Division III high jump at the Ohio State Track and Field Championships at Ohio State University.

“I’m happy about it,” she said. “It’s the first time I’ve cleared 5-3 at states. It’s not my best, but it’s my best here and that’s what counts.

“I finished seventh as a sophomore and eighth as a junior at 5-2. I’m really happy I was able to get 5-3 today.”

She cleared 4-10 and 5-foot on her first attempts and 5-2 on her second try. Her first try at 5-3 was not good, but sailed over the bar on her second attempt.

Her best jump at 5-4 was her second one.

“I hit it with my hand,” she said. “I felt good today, although, I had a lot of nerves going into 5-3.

“I’m really happy to be here. I am thankful I got this far.”

Crusaders high jump coach Bob Stanko has talked about Vosteen’s knowledge in the event and how she can make adjustments herself.

“It sure wasn’t like that my sophomore year,” she said with a laugh. “I’ve really matured a lot since then. My sophomore year I came here I was nervous, didn’t know what to expect and, really had no idea how to perform

“This year, if I jumped and missed, I knew what to fix, I knew how to fix it and knew what to do to make it better.

“I couldn’t do that before. I just didn’t have the knowledge.

“I’m pretty sure my sophomore year I sat there (during the competition) and was quiet the entire time. This year, I sat there and talked to all the girls. I really like talking to all of them. It was a lot of fun.

“We’re not going against each other, we’re going against the bar.”

Crusaders teammate Monica Rigaud can join Maslowski and Vosteen in that exclusive club with her performance today in the 100 hurdles.

Rigaud has put herself into a position to stand on the podium for the third straight year at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

The graduate qualified for the Division III 100 hurdles with a 15.23 clocking in her semifinal heat.

“I felt good. I felt excited before the race,” she said. “It’s my last race . I’m ready to do the best I can, no matter what I place, as long as I run a good time.

“I actually wasn’t nervous at all today.

“I didn’t sleep well last night. I woke up wide awake after about four hours of sleep ready to race.”