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By Brian King Record-Courier staff correspondent Published:

The regional meet is a two-day affair, with qualifying on day one as well as the finals in four boys events and three girls events. With a trip to the state tournament in Dayton on the line, the competition at the regional is fierce.

The girls high jump proved to be a showcase of area talent, as three of the four state qualifiers were area athletes. Senior Olivia Peters of Aurora took home top honors with a jump of 5-foot-2, with her local rivals hot on her heels.

Junior Elizabeth Richards of Southeast will make her first trip to the state meet, as her jump of 5-1 put her in a tie for second place. The state meet once seemed like a far off dream for Richards, who is optimistic about her chances.

"I would have never thought I would be here, never ever," said Richards. "I'm trying to be optimistic. Top 10 is All-Ohio and 5-2 made that last year. I can jump that, and I would love to be in that group."

Freshman Ann Marie Doroba of Woodridge has come a long way since earning her Portage County League Middle School title in the high jump last season. Also clearing 5-1, Doroba surprised herself by earning a trip to state in her first high school season.

The Field girls 4x800-meter relay team of Michelle Muth, Kathy Shell, Emily Mars and Shanna Craig also earned a trip to the state meet by finishing third with a time of 9:31.76. The Falcons have been trying to earn a trip for this team for the past several years, and their work finally paid off as personal-best splits by three of the runners helped secure the top four finish.

"We've been trying for three years to get this group to state," said Field coach Bill Huntington. "We missed by a second two years ago and about three last year, but this is our year to do it. This is the first girls 4x800 team we have ever qualified."

The down side to the 4x800 race saw Woodridge finish fifth, missing the cut by one place. The Bulldogs were poised to advance until a late surge by Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy passed them up.

Crestwood pole vaulter Dan Haylett continued to amaze, as he took top honors in the event with vault of 13-9. The PCL dropped pole vault as an event several years ago but Haylett has continued to work, setting a new personal best with his winning height.

"It feels great," said Haylett. "Breaking records and just using these big poles, it feels so great when you get up like that."

The trip to state will be Haylett's second, but with improved height the senior could be among the favorites.

"Going 13 high like he did, that should do well down there," said Crestwood coach Mike Johnson. "He made 12-6 down there last year, but this is a different experience. At the state level the nerves get to kids, and having the experience will help him."

Besides Haylett, the news was rather bleak for the Red Devils. The boys 4x800-meter relay team was eliminated, as was the 4x400 team. The Southeast boys 4x800-meter relay team also failed to qualify.

It was not a great day for area throwers, either.

Southeast sophomore Lisa Dubinsky finished sixth overall in the shot put, but still is counted amongst the favorites to qualify in the discus on Friday. Another Pirate, junior J.D. Novak, failed to place in the boys discus as did Crestwood senior Kyle Wagner.

In the running-event semifinals, several athletes put themselves in a position to advance after the finals on Friday. Woodridge star Dawaine Clark continued to impress, as he qualified in the 100 and 400 meters and came up just short in the 200.

The Southeast girls are still in good shape, as Laura Divoky made the cut in the 200 meters as did the 4x400-meter relay team of Raina Keppler, Divoky, Megan Wygle and Stephanie Mahaffey.

"We're looking to go as far as we possibly can," said Keppler. "We have worked hard for it, and it is paying off."

The Aurora girls are also in good shape, not just in the number of qualifiers but in regard to the team title. Jericka Duncan made the cut in both the 100- and 300-meter hurdles, while Shea Simmons earned a trip to the finals of the 100 and 200 meters. The Greenmen relay teams also had a good day, qualifying in both the 4x200 and 4x100 events.

Southeast's Joe Divoky also lived to fight another day, as he qualified in both the 110- and 300-meter hurdles. Divoky and his teammates suffered a setback though, as their 4x400-meter relay team was edged out and did not qualify. Long jumper Nick Vecchio injured himself during the event and did not run in the relay. Mike Chilson filled in and did an admirable job, but without the punch added by Vecchio the team was eliminated.

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KENT ROOSEVELT DIV. II REGIONAL

(At Kent Roosevelt)

BOYS

TEAM SCORES

(After Four Events)

1. Copley 27; 2. Perry 14; T3. Tallmadge, Lakeview, Painesville Harvey, Crestwood 10; 7. Garfield Heights Trinity 9; T8. University School, Elyria Catholic, Chagrin Falls, Avon 8; 12. Poland 6; 13. Benedictine 5; T14. Girard, Jefferson 4; T16. Firelands, St. Thomas Aquinas 3; T18. Cardinal Mooney, Orange, Champion 2; T21. Ashtabula Edgewood, Buckeye, West Geauga 1.

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

FIELD EVENTS

(Top Four Advance to State Meet)

DISCUS (157-0) _ 1. Ryan Murphy (LV); 2. Joe Hufgard (CF); 3. Matt Krystowski (Avon); 4. Scott Mruczkowski (Ben); 5. Anthony Elbicki (Tri); 6. Greg McClain (Fir); 7. T.J. Holmes (CF); 8. Ryan Silbaugh (Har).

LONG JUMP (24-1/2 ) _ 1. Bill Mills (Cop); 2. Phil Gustin (US); 3. Karl Jackson (Cop); 4. Raye McClain (Har); 5. Bob Jones (Jef); 6. Matt Yankie (Per); 7. Chris Momon (Ora); 8. Scott Wallace (Buc).

POLE VAULT (13-9) _ 1. Dan Haylett (Cre); 2. Micah Riley (Cop); 3. Ryan Barber (Per); 4. Scott Golding (Per); 5. Justin Cambers (Har); 6. Scott Yohem (Cop); 7. Rob Lowe (Avon); 8. Phil Cagnoli (AE).

RUNNING EVENTS

(Top Four Advance to State Meet)

4x800-METER RELAY (7:55.47) _ 1. Tallmadge; 2. Elyria Catholic; 3. Poland; 4. Trinity; 5. Girard; 6. St. Thomas Aquinas; 7. Cardinal Mooney; 8. West Geauga.

GIRLS

TEAM SCORES

(After Three Events)

1. West Geauga 11; T2. Aurora, Woodridge, Ashtabula 10; 5. Avon 9 1/2; T6. Southeast, Hubbard, Pymatuning Valley, St. Thomas Aquinas 8; 10. Field 6; T11. Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, Jefferson 5; 13. Springfield 4; 14. Ursuline 3 1/2; T15. Tallmadge, Buckeye 3; T17. Painesville Harvey, Perry 2; 19. Walsh Jesuit, 1.

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

FIELD EVENTS

(Top Four Advance to State Meet)

SHOT PUT (37-4 3/4 ) _ Bessie Noble (Urs); 2. Nyelia Page (Hub); 3. Lindsay Mitchell (Avon); 4. Kelley Kapferer (Jef); 5. Allison Carson (Spr); 6. Lisa Dubinsky (SE); 7. Brandy Kile (Buc); 8. Liz Narducci (WJ).

HIGH JUMP (5-2) _ 1. Olivia Peters (Aur); 2. Autumn Sevich (PV); 3. Ann Marie Doroba (Woo); 4. Elizabeth Richards (SE); 5. Jessica Baywick (Avon); 5. Christina Cook (Urs); 7. Heather Paramore (Har); 8. Christina Neveu (WG).

RUNNING EVENTS

(Top Four Advance to State Meet)

4x800-METER RELAY (9:31.76) _ 1. West Geauga; 2. St. Thomas Aquinas; 3. Field; 4. Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy; 5. Woodridge; 6. Tallmadge; 7. Perry; 8. Buckeye.

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