Big Red’s Kelley wins three events at district meet

Steubenville boys and girls teams, several locals qualify for regionals

BIG DAY — Big Red’s T’Kayla Kelley sprints to victory during Saturday’s Division II East District track meet at Meadowbrook. (Photo by Rick Thorp)

BYESVILLE — St. Clairsville’s boys rolled to the team championship and the Red Devils girls pocketed runner-up honors under glorious conditions Saturday afternoon as the Ohio Division II East District Track and Field Championships wrapped up at Meadowbrook High School.

St. C.’s boys won four events Saturday and finished second in two others en route to amassing 125.5 points for the two-day event, which began Thursday. John Glenn was a distant second with 77 points, followed by Steubenville with 68 points and Bellaire with 55.

Those four schools qualified for the regional meet, which takes place Thursday and Saturday at Muskingum University in New Concord.

John Glenn claimed the girls’ championship with 104.5 points, edging St. Clairsville by 5.5. Those teams are headed to Muskingum County along with Maysville (66 points) and Steubenville (62 points).

The top four finishers in each event also qualified for regional competition.


One individual and three relays comprised the Red Devils’ winners Saturday.

Senior Zac Orzolek claimed the 800 with a time of 2:01.14.

St. C. won the 400, 800 and 1600 relays.

Declan Dombroski, Brett Vike, Braedyn Mihalic and Justin Heatherington raced to victory in the 400 relay with a time of 44.3. The 800 relay quad of Joe Burdyn, Mihalic, Vike and Heatherington won with a time of 1:47.02, while the 1,600 relay group, which won in 3:30.46, included David Mellema, Orzolek, Dombroski and Matt Marling.

Mellema picked up two other wins — finishing second in the 300 hurdles in 40.51 and third in the 110 hurdles in 15.34.

Heatherington was second in the high jump with a leap of 6-03.

Mihalic and Vike took third in the 200 (23.23) and 100 (11.61), respectively, while Burdyn was fourth in the 110 hurdles (15.66) and Dombroski was fourth in the 400 (51.74). Justice McCamick was fourth in the shot with a throw of 48-10.

Steubenville’s Anthony Rice qualified in two events — the 110 and 300 hurdles. The senior was second in the 110s in 15.16 and fourth in the 300s (41.97).

Big Red’s Jorian Jones won the 200 in 23.05.

Steubenville took second in the 400 and 800 relays. The 400 unit, which finished in 44.64, was comprised of Tayveon Montgomery, Rice, Jones and Caleb Mitchell. That same group, only with Jones and Mitchell swapping third and four spots, finished the 800 with a time of 1:32.42.

Bellaire’s Cole LaRoche claimed another district title in the shot, this time winning with a throw of 58-07.25.

LaRoche’s Big Reds teammate, Jacob Defibaugh, qualified in two events — the 1,600 (4th, 4:43.58) and the 3,200 (3rd, 10:52.77).

The Big Reds’ Isaiah Wilhelm was second in the 1,600 (4:41.02), while A.J. McCarthy was third in the 300 hurdles (41.13). Also third was Bellaire’s 400 relay unit of Trent Dunaway, McCarthy, Marshall Fish and Sheldon Lekanudos. It posted a time of 45.3.

Buckeye Local’s Jacob Pielech won the 400 with a time of 50.67, edging Indian Creek’s Logan Davis, who had a time of 51.07. Davis was also fourth in the 200 (23.36).

The Redskins’ 1,600 relay foursome of Roan Kovach, Shane Kosec, Davis and Russell Lough was fourth in 3:38.05.

Union Local qualified in two events. Andrew Martin was second in the 3,200 (10:46.92), while the Jets’ 800 relay team of Brock Fankhauser, Bryan Neidert, Sawyer Moore and Caleb McWhorter was fourth (1:35.87).


St. Clairsville ended its two days of solid competition by claiming three events, all relays — 400, 800 and 1,600.

The Red Devil’s 400 unit — comprised of Lydia Wees, Sydney Porter, Alyssa Otto and Emily Baire — won in 50.58. Alivia Andlinger, Porter, Otto and Baire made up the 800 team that won in 1:47.02, while Otto, Haven Brak, Chloe Biancarelli and Keri Klinkoski completed the squad that claimed the 1,600 in 4:13.79, almost six seconds better than its qualifying time.

Baire also recorded a pair of third-place individual finishes in the 100 (12.99) and 200 (29.94).

Otto was fourth in the 200 (27.01), while other fourth-place finishes came from Biancarelli in the long jump (15-10.25), Casadie DiBetta in the 400 (1:02.38), Allyson Evonek in the 1,600 (5:36.31) and Maggie Marody in the 3,200 (13:11.88).

Steubenville’s Tkayla Kelley was a triple winner, sweeping the 100- (12.34), 200 (26.29) and 400-meter (1:00.53) dashes.

Big Red freshman Anastasia Crisante won the 1,600 (5:29.08) and was runner-up in the 800 (2:31.26).

Indian Creek’s Sloane Lewis won the 800 with a time of 2:26.3. Abby Copeland was fourth in the 300 hurdles (49.03) for the Redskins, while Creek’s 1,600 relay team of Allyson Tweedy, Copeland, Rileigh Gualtiere and Lewis was fourth (4:15.66).

Union Local’s Hannah Kemp claimed the district crown in the 3,200, crossing the line in 12:28.13. She was also second in the 1,600 (5:29.5). The Jets’ Jordan Watson was third in the long jump (16-02).

Martins Ferry’s Natalie Forsyth qualified with her runner-up showing in the 3,200 (12:30.99).

Barnesville’s Anna Yater advanced by taking third in the discus (104-10).