Elyria Catholic punched the only local ticket to the state tournament with its third-place finish in the girls 400-meter relay Friday at the Division III regional track meet at Fairless High School.
Danielle Dziak, Karissa McGrath, Kalynn Daniels and Brandy Daniels turned in a time of 50.38 to qualifiy.
“We knew coming in, seeded third, that as long as we ran our best we would reach our goal,” Dziak said.
It’s the second trip to state for Kalynn Daniels, who qualified in the high jump as a freshman.
This is McGrath’s first year running track for the Panthers, but she went to Columbus as a member of the girls basketball team in 2011. The experience of playing at the state level should aid the Panthers in their quest for a spot on the podium.
“I’m not going to get psyched out,” McGrath said. “I’m going to keep everyone calm and realize that we are capable and just need to run to our fullest potential. If we keep calm and our head in it we’ll do our thing.”
The same relay team took sixth in the 200 with a time of 1:48.07. Brandy Daniels also took seventh in the 100 (12.91) and ninth in the long jump (15-07¾).
Michaela Foisy came close to joining her team at Columbus, finishing sixth in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 5:24.36. Unfortunately for her, that was about seven seconds out of fourth.
She made up a lot of ground on the third lap, but could not break into the top five during the final lap.
“As soon as I started kicking, the girls in front of me started kicking as well,” Foisy said. “The race strategy was there, they were just doing the same thing. I wish during my third lap I could have moved up and progressed there.”
Foisy’s sixth-place finish may not have earned her a state berth, but after battling a damaged Achilles all year and coming down with mono last week, the result is quite impressive.
“Michaela’s performance is nothing less than outstanding,” Elyria Catholic coach Amy O’Brien said. “The fact that she’s out here competing in a very demanding race in this heat coming off an injury and being sick is just a testament to her competitive spirit. I don’t think she thinks of quitting or letting up, she just goes and sets her mind to it. It’s nothing short of amazing after everything she’s experienced this season.”
Open Door’s Gabrielle Neubauer clocked in at 2:23.71 for fifth in the 800. The race went down the final turn with three girls clustered for the final two bids to state. Down the stretch, Neubauer was the odd runner out
“On the final turn I thought I had the race, but I knew there was a girl behind me who was running really strong,” Neubauer said. “I could feel her behind me and hear her footsteps the whole time. She just had more kick than me down the stretch.”
Open Door’s Cassie Crowder finished 10th in the 3,200, while Thomas Norris placed sixth in the discus on Wednesday with a throw of 140-10.
“Since it was my first trip (to regionals) I just wanted to enjoy the race,” Crowder said. “It was really exciting. I knew the competition was going to be tough, but it was fun running with some faster girls.”
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TEAM SCORES (Top 5): Maplewood, 51; Villa Angela-St. Joseph, 50; St. Thomas, 47; McDonald, 41; East Canton, 33.
LOCAL TEAMS: 41. Open Door, 3.
LOCAL INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
Discus: 1. Duke Taylor (East Canton), 173-00; 2. Stephen Lyons (New Middleton), 169-05; 3. Stephen Pop (Maplewood), 153-00; 4. Jesse Curry (Ursuline), 146-08; 6. Thomas Norris (Open Door), 143-10.
TEAM SCORES (Top 5): Gilmour, 60; McDonald, 39; Trinity, 34; Rittman, 34; St. Thomas, 33.
LOCAL TEAMS; 14. Elryia Catholic, 15.5; 39. Open Door, 4.
LOCAL INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
100: 1. Crystal Barber (Rittman), 12.15; 2. Katelyn Mokros (Canton Central), 12.34; 3. Briah Owens (Gilmour), 12.38; 4. Chelsi Collins (St. Peter Chanel), 12.43; 7. Brandy Daniels (Elyria Catholic), 12.91.
1,600: 1. Fallon Doyle (St. John Central), 5:14.29; 2. Allison Parks (Hanoverton United), 4:14.79; 3. Halle Markel (Gilmour), 5:16.19; 4. Alexis Anton (Gilmour), 5:17.83; 6. Michaela Foisy (Elyria Catholic), 5:24.36.
3,200: 1. Victoria Laubahcer (St. Thomas), 11:18.20; 2. Halle Markel (Gilmour), 11:23.76; 3. Erin Moomaw (Smithville), 11:33.17; 4. Alexandra Markovich (Hawken), 11:52.41; 10. Cassie Crowder (Open Door), 12:35.63.
400 relay: 1. Rittman, 49.22; 2. Trinity, 50.21; 3. Elyria Catholic, 50.38; St. Thomas, 50.65.
800 relay: 1. Trinity, 1:44.76; 2. Canton Central Catholic, 1:46.48; 3. New Middleton, 1:47.12; 4. Cuyahoga Heights, 1:47.61; 6. Elyria Catholic, 1:48.07.
High jump: 1. Ashleigh Pickens (Rootstown), 5-7½; 2. Ashley Knowles (East Canton), 5-4; 3. Moriah Vosteen (Steubenville), 5-4; 4. Kelly Hynes (Lowellville), 5-2; 7. Kalynn Daniels (Elyria Catholic), 5-0.
Long jump: 1. Leah Blaney (Badger), 17-0¼; 2. Jennilyn Krumpe (Badger), 17-0¼; 3. Kaitlyn Hostetler (Smithville), 16-10¼; 4. Dolly Rinehart (Malvern), 16-9; 9. Brandy Daniels (Elyria Catholic), 15-7¾.