Everyone in the valley knows how difficult it is getting to a state championship in Ohio. Unfortunately a handful of Tiger track athletes found out today just how difficult it is to qualify for the OHSAA track and field state meet.
Albeit a great year for both the boys and girls programs, individuals who qualified for the Regional meet this week at Massillon Perry High School failed to qualify for next week’s state meet at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. Subsequently, today ended another successful Tiger athletics year.
On the girls side, freshman sensation Katie James just missed qualifying for Columbus in the 1600 meter run having finished fifth with a time of 5:24.63 just five seconds behind the fourth place finisher. Also a regional qualifier in the 3200 meter run, Katie finished eighth with a time of 11:54.38.
Senior Ashley Visnic closed out a fine high school career finishing twelfth in a strong field of the 800 meter run with a time of 2:29.49.
The girls 4 x 800 team finished in 11th place with a time of 10:34.54. The team consisted of James, junior Haylee Gregan, freshman Cali Weber and Visnic.
On the boys end, senior and Ohio Dominican bound football recruit, Chase Wade had a rough outing in the 800 meter run. Chase would finish in 14th place in a strong field with a time 2;09.21 far off his personal best this season of 2:02.08.
Sophomore Chase Stewart who is expected to be one the leaders on the boys team in 2018, just missed placing in the 1600 meter run with a time 4:36.64. His time was also five seconds off of his personal best this season of 4:31.05.
Congratulations and kudos to all of our Tiger scholar-athletes that participated in athletics this past school year.