|Eastwood's Conkle, boys and girls 400 relay teams headed to state (5-26-12)|
|Written by Kevin Gordon Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor|
|Saturday, 26 May 2012 20:48|
The Eastwood High School junior fashioned two more excellent runs Saturday during the Division II regional track and field meet at Lexington High School.
He finished second in the 200 and third in the 100 to qualify for next weekend’s state meet at Ohio State University’s Jesse Owens Stadium. MEET RESULTS
Conkle was one of three state qualifiers for the Eagles. PHOTO GALLERY
The boys and girls 400 relay teams advanced by finishing third in their respective races.
The boys team consisted of Conkle, senior Kyle Dierker, junior John Rogers and freshman Brennan Seifert.
Running the relay for the girls were senior Ericca Hollister, junior Aricka LaVoy, sophomore Maddie Jackson and freshman Reagan Boice.
The top four finishers in each event at the regional qualified for next weekend’s state meet at Ohio State University’s Jesse Owens Stadium.
Conkle was timed in 22.14 in the 200 and 11.04 in the 100.
“I couldn’t ask for a better day,” Conkle said. “It’s not what I wanted, but I’m more than happy to take what I got. I ran really well in each race. I gave it my all and things turned out for the better. I was going for the regional titles, but I’m still going to state and we have a number of other events going.”
The 200 finish was one of the most thrilling of the day.
Columbus Independence junior Dominic Ward passed Conkle in the final 15 meters to win in 22.02, a margin of only 12 one-hundreths of a second.
“It felt really good and I was trying to go as fast as I can,” Conkle said. “I saw his shadow right behind me and I tried to keep my stride going. I’m still happy I’m going down to states.”
Ward also won the 100, posting a time of 10.95. Sophomore classmate Vincent Rambo was second in 10.99.
“I’m glad I got down to state in both,” Conkle said. “I ran well today, but I still feel like I can improve and hopefully make it to the finals.”
Conkle won district championships in both races last week at Oak Harbor High School.
“He really competed and asserted himself as one of the elite sprinters,” Eastwood boys head coach Brian Sabo said. “He believes that and he ran like that today.”
The boys 400 relay team had a time of 43.07, easily lowering its previous best of 43.4.
Columbus Eastmoor Academy won in a regional record time of 42.42, breaking the mark of 42.48 set by Orrville in 1998. Richmond North Union was second in 43.04.
“Our guys were wanting to break the 43-second mark today and hopefully that will come next week now,” Sabo said. “That’s a good team we have. We’ve been pretty solid all year and we solid again today.”
But Conkle and the 400 relay were only part of a bittersweet day for the Eagles, who had three fifth-place finishes.
Eastwood’s fifth-place finishes were by: junior Blake Kohring in the 110 hurdles, 15.10; freshman Devin Snowden in the 300 hurdles, 40.94; and the 1,600 relay team, 3:27.02.
Running the 1,600 relay were Devin Snowden, senior Kyle Schlumbohm, Seifert and junior Derek Snowden.
“Finishing fifth isn’t fun, but it wasn’t for a lack of effort,” Eastwood coach Brian Sabo said. “This a really, really good regional. Our effort was good.“
Eastwood was fourth with 39 points. Eastmoor won with 60, while Sandusky Perkins was second with 50 and Independence was third with 47.
Devin Snowden, who finished fourth in the long jump Thursday, was threatening to win the 300 hurdles coming out of the final turn.
He was second and surging when his leg hit the hurdle, causing him to fall to the track. He quickly got up and amazingly still finished fifth in 40.94, just 56 one-hundreths of a second from fourth.
Also for Eastwood, Dierker was seventh in the 200 (22.93) and sophomore Jake Hoodlebrink didn’t clear the opening height in the high jump.
Eastwood’s girls 400 relay team ran its fastest time of the season, 50.41, to advance. Its previous best was 50.87.
Ottawa Glandorf won in 49.95, while Kenton was second in 50.34.
“They ran very, very well,” Eastwood girls head coach Nikki Sabo said. “To be right with them in the top three, they were battling it out the whole way down and to get to the state meet is pretty cool.”
Also for the Eagles, senior Jena Jacoby was sixth in the discus, 120-6; the 1,600 relay team was eighth, 4:11.44; LaVoy tied for 13th in the long jump, 14-11 1/2; and sophomore Elise Wolff was 13th in the pole vault, 8-6.
Jackson, Boice, LaVoy and Hollister ran the 1,600 relay.
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