|Elmwood eyes more success (06-07-13)|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Friday, 07 June 2013 08:39|
JERRY CITY - Elmwood's boys track and field team has performed well this season.
The Royals are striving for another impressive finish to an already successful season this weekend in the Division III state meet at Ohio State University.
Three individuals and two relay teams will represent Elmwood at state.
The individual qualifiers are seniors Lorne Strausbaugh in the 1,600 and Alex Jasso in the 800, and junior Aaron Arnold in the long jump.
Sophomore Andrew Jasso, Strausbaugh, sophomore Josh Mathias and Alex Jasso qualified in the 3,200 relay.
The 1,600 relay team of sophomore Austin Jasso, Alex Jasso, senior Michael Baer and Arnold also advanced to state.
At the state meet in the relays, the top two finishers in each semifinal and the next five fastest times overall qualify for the finals on Saturday.
The top eight finishers in all events earn All-Ohio honors and are recognized on the awards podium following the event.
"Half the battle is getting to state and once you're there, the goal is to get on the podium," said Elmwood coach Eric Poffenbaugh, who is in his fourth season. "You don't really care where you finish. You just want to get on the podium.
"You go out and take care of what you can control and everything else will fall into place if it's meant to be. Our goal is to PR (personal record) in every event and if you do that, that's all you can ask. I don't think we've peaked yet. I have a feeling we're going to see some good things this weekend."
At the regional, the Royals had three second-place finishes - Strausbaugh in the 1,600, 4:28.01, Arnold in the long jump, 21-41‚Ñ2 and the 1,600 relay team in 3:29.36.
Alex Jasso was fourth in the 800 in 1:59.96 and the 3,200 relay team was fourth in 8:20.94.
As a team, Elmwood already has finished second in the Northern Buckeye Conference and the Liberty-Benton district meets, and tied for fourth in the Tiffin regional.
The Royals had nine athletes compete in the regional and seven qualified for state. Elmwood scored 41 points in the regional, its most since 2008.
"The regional went according to plan," Poffenbaugh said. "I'm really pleased. It was a good meet for us."
The Tiffin regional generally is the toughest of the four and athletes who qualify for state from there frequently do well at state.
Elmwood competed against Eastwood, a strong Division II school, in the NBC meet, and against Liberty-Benton, another solid team, in the district.
"You don't have the butterfly effect when you get down to state because we've been running against some good competition the last three weeks," Poffenbaugh said. "Our league sets us up really well for the post-season because we go against a lot of bigger schools that have some really good talent." - GORDON
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