Eastwood’s Sabo wins regional pole vault title


LEXINGTON— Eastwood senior Julia Sabo won a Division II regional championship in the pole vault Saturday by clearing 11 feet, four inches.

The state meet is June 2-3 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of Ohio State University in Columbus.

The top four in each event qualify for state, but others who place beyond that in some events may qualify based on times or distances.

Eastwood senior Bryce DeFalco jumped 20-2¼ to place fourth at the regional meet and he will head to Columbus, also.

Eastwood senior Bryce DeFalco completes his state qualifying long jump at the Lexington Division II regional meet. (Photo by Danielle DeFalco)

Placing fifth for the Eastwood boys team was Dalton Hesselbart in the pole vault, clearing 13-4. For the girls team, sophomore Leah Emch finished fifth in the 3200 (11:32.56) and Olivia Newsome was fifth in the discus (124-6).

Other Eastwood boys regional qualifiers were Noah Smith in the 400-meter dash, who finished in 52.58, good enough for 12th in the preliminaries but did not make the finals.

Jesse Poiry was seventh in the 300 hurdles, finishing in 42.21 seconds, and Andre Lewis was 10th in the prelims, finishing in 42.61.

Kevin Lewis was 14th in the finals of the long jump, leaping to 18-5, and Cullen Shank was 13th in the pole vault, clearing 11-6.

In the boys meet, Elmwood finished in 14th place with 17 points and Eastwood was 20th with 11 points.

The top 10 teams were Sandusky Perkins (50), Oak Harbor (48), Huron (46), Bexley (41), Caledonia River Valley (41), Liberty-Benton (40 ½), Toledo Central Catholic (38), Columbus Eastmoor (31), Shelby (31), and Liberty Union (28).

The next 10 teams were Plain City Jonathan Alder (24), Clear Fork (20), Columbus Marion-Franklin (19), Elmwood, Milan Edison (15), Licking Valley (14 ½), Ontario (13), London (13), Buckeye Valley (12), and Eastwood tied with Spencerville and Galion with 11 points.

Other girls regional qualifiers were senior Kayden Firsdon, who was 12rh in the 800 run, finishing in 2:27.55.

Junior Haley Sponaugle was seventh in the 1600 (5:32.55), Z Ramsey was 15th in the 3200 (12:47.87), and sophomore Kyrie Henline was 11th in the pole vault, clearing nine feet.

Eastwood’s 4×800 relay team (Firsdon, Emch, Sponaugle, and senior Talia Baum) placed sixth, finishing in 9:57.32

The Eagles’ 4×400 relay team (Baum, Henline, sophomore Lilly Mulholland, and junior Amelia Ward) were 12th in the prelims, finishing in 4:18.16.

In the team standings, the Eastwood girls finished in a ninth-place tie with Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, scoring 22 points.

Huron (66) won the championship, followed by Toledo Central Catholic (65), Shelby (50), Lexington (42), Marengo Highland (40), John. Northridge (38), Cleveland Heights Beaumont (30½), Sandusky Perkins (26).

The next 10 teams were Norton (21 ½), Hathaway Brown (20), Oak Harbor (19), Port Clinton (16), Liberty-Benton (15), Licking Valley (15), Columbus Bishop Ready (14), and Columbus Academy (11).

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