Smithey, Clay qualify for US Junior Nationals


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Curtis Smithey, from Elmwood High School, qualified for the U.S.A. Junior Outdoor Track and Field
Championships, which began in Eugene, Ore. on Thursday. Smithey recently completed his freshman year at
the University of Findlay.
Smithey qualified for the 400-meter dash and his preliminary race is scheduled for 5 p.m. today.
The event features the best track and field athletes in the country aged 19-and-under and serves as the
selection meet for the 2009 Pan American Junior Athletics Championship, which will be held in Port of
Spain, Trinidad at the end of July. Smithey’s school-record time of 47.18 in the 400 ranks him 10th
Rachael Clay, from Rossford High School, also qualified to compete in the USA Track and Field Junior
National meet in Eugene, Ore. Clay recently completed her freshman season at Miami University.
Clay will run in the 400 with the preliminary race scheduled for 4:45 p.m. today.
Jimmy Bell, from Rossford High School, recently completed his sophomore season with the Owens Community
College men’s golf team.
Bell was named the most valuable player for the Express. He was also named the Ohio Community College
Athletic Conference player of the year, as well as earning first-team All-OCCAC, and first-team
All-Region XII first team honors.
Lynsey McIntire, from Eastwood High School, recently completed her sophomore season with the Owens
Community College softball team.
McIntire was named the OCCAC Player of the Year in softball and was named to the All-OCCAC first team.

Tim DeCant, from Lake High School, recently completed his freshman season with the Owens Express baseball
DeCant received the Coaches Award as a member of the Owens baseball team.
Taylor McNeill, from Toledo St. John’s High School, will continue his academic and athletic careers at
Wittenberg University where he will be a member of Wittenberg’s football team. McNeill is from

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