Pair of Jefferson County runners close out senior seasons on the podium

COLUMBUS – Monica Rigaud joined Teddi Jo Maslowski and Moriah Vosteen as the only Steubenville Catholic Central track and field performers in recent memory to earn All-Ohio status three straight years in the same individual event.

“That makes me really happy,” said Rigaud. “It almost seemed like nothing to me just being here and knowing how good Moriah and Teddi are not realizing we did very well and represented our school very well.

“It’s a huge accomplishment to be here three times on the podium.”

Her 15.28 in the Division III 100 hurdles final gave her fifth place and another trip to the podium Saturday at the Ohio State Track and Field Championships at Ohio State University.

“I felt good,” she said. “I ran OK. I could have run better.

“My goal for the past six years running the hurdles has been to break 15 and I did not. I’ve been borderline in doing it, but not today, unfortunately.

“I’m proud of where I’ve come in hurdling for the past six years. Although fifth is not where I wanted to finish, my times here have been better each year. I ran a slower time last year and was runner-up. I guess you can’t look at the places. I came here this year to run by best and that’s what I tried to do.

“I am proud of how I have represented our school the past four years running track. I was here as a freshman as an alternate in the 4×2 that won the state title and we won the team championship.”

Rigaud finished fourth as a sophomore (15.85), second as a junior (15.39) and fifth this year (15.28). The winning time her sophomore year (15.43) would have tied for sixth this year.

“I know track hasn’t always treated me the best,” she said. “It’s been rough injuries and it’s not the most fun sport. I can say that.

“Sometimes it’s not the most rewarding. Sometimes it’s not fair.

“But, I can say personally, from being on a team with such hard workers, that I do wish in the past four years that I would have known that working that much harder in practice would have given me a better place, or a better time, just by that much.

“I’ve had great examples set for me. Our 4×8 team is the hardest group of boys I’ve ever seen work. I wish I would have worked as hard as they did the past four years. I think they deserved to be here more than I do. It’s just what happens in track.

“I guess I can say I regret not working harder because I can always work harder.

“At the same time, I’m done and I don’t want to spend the rest of my life regretting what I didn’t do in high school.”