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Lady Lions are second at Stark Championships

By TODD REED News Leader Sports Editor Published: April 27, 2017 12:00 AM
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The Lady Lions took home the Division II-III runners-up trophy at the Stark County Track and Field Championships.

Minerva amassed 87 points and were only surpassed by St. Thomas with 95.

The 4x200 consisting of Ashley Gulling, Ava Burman, Emmalee Markins and Alyssa Markins placed first with a time of 1:51.66.

Seconds went to Mack Scott in the 3200 (11:44.07), and the 4x800 (10:06.34) consisting of Kayla Eddy, Scott, Nelle Yankovich and Sarah Carver.

Finishing third were Yankovich in the 800 (2:24.8), and the 4x400 (4:19.87) consisting of Skylar Trussel, Burman, A. Markins and Carver.

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Fourths went to Amanda Kukunis in the 200 (27.51), Jenna Daulbaugh in the 3200 (12:01.33), Madi Pearson in the 100 hurdles (17.59), and Shelby Wheeler in the high jump (4'7).

Placing fifth were the 4x100 (54.6) consisting of E. Markins, Idresia Leavell, Gulling and A. Markins; and Natalie Crum in the shot (30'5.25).

Finishing sixth were A. Kukunis in the 400 (1:03.65), Eddy in the 1600 (5:51.57).

Carver was seventh in the 400 (1:04.92).

Placing eighth were E. Markins in the 100 (13.86) and 200 (28.18), Joaquina Rossi in the 800 (2:38.83), and Jordan Crowe in the discus (84'4).

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"Our distance girls ran tough," commented coach Olivia Scott. "Our 4x800 placed fourth. Mack went out in the first leg and put us in that fourth spot and the other girls fought hard and kept us there. They ran a 20-second personal record.

"Our 4x200 placed seventh. We were hoping for much better, but our handoffs were off and cost us a good three seconds. We will continue to work hard on perfecting those.

"The 4x400 placed seventh with a great time of 4:19. Having Skylar and Amanda back and healthy is big for our team."

Earlier in the week, the Lady Lions improved to 3-1 in the Northeastern Buckeye Conference with an 80-48 win over visiting Salem.

Alyssa Markins placed first in the 100, breaking the school record with a time of 12.41.

Also winning were the 4x800 (10:26) consisting of Kala Eddy, Mack Scott, Sarah Carver and Nelle Yankovich; Madi Pearson in the 100 hurdles (17.25) and 300 hurdles (51.21); the 4x200 (1:48.74) consisting of Emmalee Markins, Ashley Gulling, Ava Burman and A. Markins; Yankovich in the 1600 (5:39) and 800 (2:31.9); E. Markins in the 200 (26.94); Scott in the 3200 (12:09); and the 4x400 (4:22) consisting of Skylar Trussel, Burman, Yankovich and Carver.

Placing second were Shelby Wheeler in the high jump (4'10), Hailey Lawson in the 100 hurdles (18.51), Eddy in the 1600 (5:49), Amanda Kukunis in the 400 (1:04) and 200 (27.06), Abby Stoffer in the 300 hurdles (53.4), and Jenna Daulbaugh in the 3200 (12:31).

Finishing third were Burman in the 400 (1:04.7), Lawson in the 300 hurdles (53.84), and Joaquina Rossi in the 800 (2:45.75).

"The girls ran great tonight," stated Coach Olivia Scott. "Times are dropping and we can tell the girls are getting stronger each week. Coach Drew Prendergast is doing big things with our sprinters. Alyssa Markins broke the school record in the 100, running a 12.41. Her sister Emmalee held the previous record. Our 4x200, with both Markins girls, Ava Burman, and Ashley Gulling, ran another personal record and are close to the school record."

Boys Track

Jason Williams displayed his speed at the Stark County Track and Field Championships, amassing 17.25 points in leading Minerva to a seventh-place showing in Division II-III.

Williams finished second in both the 100 (11.76) and 200 (23.4), and was a member of the fourth-place 4x200 (1:34.48) along with Carl Fritz, Wyatt Kohl and Coy Mullins.

The 4x800 consisting of Fritz, Nick Bledsoe, Kohl and Joey stafford finished third with a time of 8:42.55.

Bledsoe was fifth in the 1600 (5:01.2), Stafford was fifth in the 3200 (10:15.3), Fritz was sixth in the 800 (2:11.47), Cody Wyatt was seventh in the 1600 (5:03.91), Zerick Banner was eighth in the 110 hurdles (19.2), and Taylor Lowmiller was eighth in the 300 hurdles (47.32).

"The boys had a fair day at the Stark County Championships," noted Head Coach Frank Monk. "With several missing or injured, we still had some very nice performances. This young team still is growing with each meet."

The boys were beaten by Salem 91-37.

Placing first were Wyatt Kohl in the 400 (54.5); Carl Fritz in the 800 (2:10); the 4x800 (8:37.4) consisting of Joey Stafford, Nick Bledsoe, Kohl and Fritz; and the the 4x400 (3:37.53) consisting of Fritz, Kohl, Coy Mullins and Jason Williams.

Seconds went to Noe Gonzales in the shot (38'2), Williams in the 100 (11.4) and 200 (23.06), and Igor Borges in the 400 (54.75).

Finishing third were Daniel Hoagland in the high jump (5'), Mullins in the long jump (18'6), Conner Fritz in the 110 hurdles (17.38), Stafford in the 1600 (4:48), and Kyle Hudson in the 300 hurdles (46.26).

Minerva will compete in the Marlington Invitational this Friday, April 28; before hosting Alliance on Tuesday, May 2.

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