The Orrville High School track and field team is sending a contingent of girls to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this weekend after a grueling two days of qualifying at the OHSAA Div. II Lexington regional this past week. Unfortunately the girls will not be joined by the Red Rider boys who left their state-bound dreams in Lexington. The girls placed fourth as a team overall at the Lexington regional, scoring 44.5 points, and coach Ayers and company are looking forward to seeing the Lady Riders compete on high school track and field’s biggest stage this weekend.
As the Lady Riders make their way down I-71 toward Columbus, they know their work will be cut out for them if they want to be standing on the podium on Saturday afternoon.
Anchoring Orrville’s regional performances were senior Karli Lax and sophomore Daysia Hargrave. Lax finished in the top spot of the girls pole vault, clearing 12-02 while falling just short of breaking the Region 6 meet record (12-05) when she missed her attempts at 12-06. This will be Lax’s fourth trip to Columbus in the pole vault, where she has stood on the state podium each of the last three years as an All-Ohioan.
Hargrave made it to Columbus as a freshman in 2018. This season she punched her ticket to the state meet in both hurdle events after winning the 300-meter hurdles (46.12) and placing fourth in the 100-meter hurdles (15.22) in Lexington.
Joining Lax and Hargrave will be the Lady Riders 3200-meter relay team of juniors Maya Hamsher, Sierra Hamsher and Sedona Goodard and senior Alyssa Plumley, who collectively overcame last season’s heart-breaking finish at regionals and placed fourth this year with a time of 9:47.67.
Maya Hamsher also punched a ticket to state by the skin of her teeth. After placing fifth in the 800-meter run (2:18.58), it seemed Hamsher was on the outside looking in, but she ended up qualifying for state for the third straight year when her time in the regional final qualified her under the OHSAA’s +2 qualifying standard, which takes the top-four places from each of the four regional meets plus the next two fastest individual times to fill Owens Stadium’s nine-lane track.
Other Lady Riders who helped score in the team standings for Orrville were senior Ashley Stiffler, who placed sixth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.77; freshman Ainsley Hamsher, who finished in sixth place of the pole vault after clearing 10-00; Orrville’s 1600-meter relay team of Maya Hamsher, Stiffler, Hargrave and Sierra Hamsher, who placed seventh (4:09.13); and senior Mikaila Carpenter, who placed eighth in the shot put (on Thursday) with a throw of 37-03.50.
Other event participants for Orrville who finished their season at the Lexington regional on Saturday were Sedona Goodard, who just missed the podium in the 400-meter dash by placing ninth (1:02.00), and sophomore Tamara Turner, who landed in 16th place of the long jump with a leap of 14-00.75.
The Red Riders will be back at it on Friday, May 31 for the first day of the 2019 OHSAA Div. II track and field state championships at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of the Ohio State University. Half the field event finals will take place on Friday in addition to the semi-finals on the track. The other half of field event finals and finals on the track will take place on Saturday, June 1. Click here for more information and a complete schedule of the state meet.
The following student-athletes have advanced to the state track and field championships for Orrville High School:
- Katlynn Dexter (junior) 100-meter wheeled, 400-meter wheeled
- Sedona Goodard (junior) 4-by-800 relay
- Maya Hamsher (junior) 800-meter run, 4-by-800 relay
- Sierra Hamsher (junior) 4-by-800 relay
- Daysia Hargrave (junior) 100-meter hurdles, 300-meter hurdles
- Karlie Lax (senior) pole vault
- Alyssa Plumley (senior) 4-by-800 relay
On the boys’ side, Orrville senior Jason Suppan placed sixth in the high jump with a leap of 6-02, matching his personal best for the season. Suppan also made the podium in the long jump by placing eighth with a personal best leap of 21-03.5.
The boys 3200-meter relay team of sophomore Trevor Jones, junior Ben Amstutz, senior Stuart Kirkbride and junior Caleb Endicott finished their season in 13th place (8:48.13) at Lexington. Junior Edward Burns did not place in the shot put after fouling all three of his throwing attempts.
For further info on the Lexington regional and to see all results from day one, click here.
For complete scheduling, parking and results for the Div. II state championships, click here.