Area Ohio athletes in state track action this weekend

MARIETTA – Senior Ally Rohrer and junior Maddy Sury will have plenty of Wildcat company when they compete at the state track meet at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of Ohio State University in Columbus Friday and Saturday.

Last year, Waterford’s dynamic duo were the school’s only state qualifiers. This weekend, they will be joined by Wildcat teammates Maggie Kroll, Lydia Beardsley, Brianna Lewis, and Cierra Jarvis, and of course coaches Scott Miller and Steve Littler.

Lewis and Jarvis, both freshmen, are state alternates.

“I’m really going to like being with the team this year,” said Sury, who will be competing in the long jump and 800 and on the 4 by 200 meter relay team. “And, yes, I’m going to be very busy this weekend.”

So will Rohrer, who will be running the 100 meter hurdles and anchoring the 4 by 200. Also on the relay team will be Kroll and Beardsley.

Also competing in Division III in Columbus will be Belpre’s Cray Sistrunk in the 1600. The Golden Eagles also qualified their 4 by 100 team of Sam Petty, Matt Colvin, Matt Lopreste and Devin Daniell.

Caldwell senior Jenna Furr will be back at state in the 3200, while Fort Frye’s Natalie Hart will be running the 300 hurdles. Shenandoah’s Caleb Moore will be entered in the 110 hurdles.

In Division II, Warren’s Raelyn Gardner will be seeking a repeat as an all-stater in the pole vault.

The Warrior 4 by 800 meter relay team of Matthew Neehouse, Colton Cantley, Sam Goodman, and Brent Ash will also be competing.

Today, the state qualifiers will be going through a walk-through at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

In 2013, Rohrer finished third (15.45 seconds) overall in the 100 hurdles and sixth (46.29) in the 300 hurdles, while Sury was eighth (2:18.80) in the 800 to earn all-state status.

“I usually like to go out fast in the 800, and lead the pack around the first lap,” Sury said. “But this year, I might pace myself, and go with a 200-meter kick at the end.”

Sury nearly collected two medals, but finished ninth in the long jump in 16 feet, 10.25 inches.

To achieve all-state in Ohio, an athlete needs to place in the top eight in an event.

“I’ve improved about a foot in the long jump,” Sury said. “It’s really come together better.”

Rohrer was also a state qualifier in the 200 dash, but finished 16th in 27.16.

“I really didn’t have much competition in the regional (hurdles),” she said. “But I expect it to be definitely tougher at state.”

Said Miller, “No doubt about that (tougher competition), But all these (Waterford) girls can medal. They just have to run well.”

Added Sury, “I had a good feeling before the regional, and I hope we can do it again.”

At the regional at Fairfield Union, Sury was runner-up in the long jump in 16-8.75 and third in the 800 in 2:18.42. In the 4 by 200, she ran the second leg and helped her team finish second in a school-record time of 1:47.52. Kroll was the leadoff leg, and Beardsley, the third leg.

Rohrer was the anchor on that relay, and also took first in the 100 hurdles in 15.62.

“We’re going to miss Ally when this (state) is over,” Miller said. She’s been a lot of fun to coach and watch.”