|LaVoy leads Eastwood girls to fourth place (5-25-13)|
|Written by By KEVIN GORDON, Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor|
|Saturday, 25 May 2013 00:36|
And the Eastwood senior will see plenty of friendly faces when she competes at Lexington High School next week.
LaVoy was a four-event qualifier for the regional during Friday’s Division II district meet Oak Harbor High School.
The Eagles will compete in eight events at the regional.
Eastwood finished fourth in the district with 71 points. SEE MORE PHOTOS
Wauseon won with 89 1/4, while Bellevue was second with 89 and Oak Harbor was third with 80 3/4.
“Our goal was to try to get eight to 10 events to the regional and that’s what we did,” Eastwood coach Nikki Sabo said, adding the Eagles will have 10-11 players competing in the regional. “The competition was amazing. I’m proud of their effort.”
The Eagles won the 400 relay where sophomore Reagan Boice, LaVoy, junior Maddie Jackson and senior Hannah Firsdon had a time of 51.61 to edge Lake by four one-hundreths of a second.
Running for Lake were seniors Rebecca Boos and Ashley Timmons, sophomore Jordyn Taylor and junior Nicole Pennington.
The top four finishers in each event qualified for the regional.
“That race went better than we expected,” LaVoy said. “We haven’t perfected it yet, but this was one of the best times we’ve had this season. We’ve only run together four times, so we’re pretty happy with how it turned out. Every time, we run, we pick up something to make us better.”
LaVoy, Boice and Jackson returned from last season’s 400 relay team that qualified for state, but didn’t advance to the finals.
“Our goal is to get to state after last year, but we also know we have to pick up our time,” LaVoy said. “We seem to get better every time out and we want that to continue.”
LaVoy also ran on the 1,600 relay team that finished fourth in 4:13.14. Sophomores Kortni Montag and Elena Kirkbride, and Jackson also ran the relay.
In addition, LaVoy finished second in the long jump (16-8) and fourth in the 100 (13.17).
“To qualify for the regional in four events for the third straight year is impressive,” Sabo said of LaVoy. “It’s a reflection of her heart and hard work for the team. She’ll do anything for the team.”
LaVoy, who jumped 17-1 last week to win the Northern Buckeye Conference championship, also is hoping to qualify for state in that event.
“I’ve been feeling pretty consistent and I hope it carries over to Lexington and then, hopefully, state,” LaVoy said. “State has been on my mind all season and I’m very excited about the way I’m jumping.”
Jackson also qualified for the regional in the 800 where she was third in 2:24.46.
“That’s a tough combination,” Sabo said of Jackson’s running the 400 and 1,600 relays, and the 800. “She’s adjusting to it and giving it everything she has. That’s pretty special to do what she did.”
Eastwood junior Elise Wolff was second in the pole vault (9-9) and third in the 100 hurdles (16.76).
“She had an excellent night,” Sabo said.
Boos also was a four-event regional qualifier. She also accomplished the feat last season.
In addition to the 400 relay, she was third in the 100 (13.03) and the 200 (27.04), and ran a leg on the 800 relay team that was fourth in 1:50.45.
Also running the 800 relay were Pennington, Timmons and Taylor.
Pennington also was second in the 100 (12.92).
Also qualifying for the regional were:
• 100 hurdles: Lake sophomore Katie Swartz, fourth, 16.82.
• 800 relay: Rossford, team of freshman Taylor Stolar, junior Jessie Pietrasz, senior Erica Stolar and junior Shelby Redway, third, 1:50.18.
• 400: Pietrasz, 60.92.
• Shot put: Eastwood junior Brittany Brittian, fourth, 35-3 3/4.
• Long jump: Firsdon, fourth, 15-8 1/2.
|Last Updated on Saturday, 25 May 2013 12:52|
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