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It was a great two days for the Lady Lions at the Division II District Track and Field Championships at West Holmes High School.
Eleven athletes finished in the top four, and will represent Minerva at the regional meet at Athens High School.
As a team, the Lady Lions finished a solid third against some of the best competition in the state.
Emmalee Markins will compete in four events, while Alyssa Markins, Ava Burman, Amanda Kukunis and Sarah Carver will take part in three events at regionals.
The 4x100 consisting of E. Markins, Idre'sia Leavell, Ashley Gulling and A. Markins won the only title for Minerva, besting the field with a time of 51.78.
Seconds went to Nelle Yankovich in the 800 (2:24.3); E. Markins in the 200 (26.13); the 4x200 (1:47.18) consisting of E. Markins, Kukunis, Burman and A. Markins; and the 4x400 (4:09.37) consisting of Skylar Trussel, Burman, Kukunis and Carver.
Placing third were Mack Scott in the 3200 (11:31.84) and A. Markins in the 100 (12.96).
Finishing fourth were Jenna Daulbaugh in the 3200 (12:06.22), Carver in the 1600 (5:32.18), E. Markins in the 100 (13.04), Kukunis in the 400 (1:00.43), and the 4x800 (10:23.52) consisting of Burman, Scott, Yankovich and Carver.
Shelby Wheeler just missed qualifying as she placed fifth in the high jump, clearing 4'10.25.
Sixths went to Trussel in the 400 (1:03.11) and Madi Pearson in the 100 hurdles (17.3).
Finishing seventh were Kayla Eddy in the 1600 (5:51.44), Natalie Crum in the shot (31'.75), and Jordan Crowe in the discus (99').
"I am so pleased with the girl's performances," stated Coach Olivia Scott. "We are moving 11 girls on in 10 events. Our region is tough, but I believe if we focus and do what we did at districts, we are going to have a lot of these ladies at the state meet."
Carrollton won the girls title with 127 points. It was followed by Indian Valley with 109, Minerva with 95, West Holmes with 73, River View with 65, East Liverpool with 53, Tusky Valley with 45, Lisbon with 34, Claymont with 29, Sandy Valley with 18, Coshocton with 8, and Harrison Central with 5.
The Lions advance five athletes to the regional meet, led by a pair of second-place finishes.
Runner-up honors went to Jason Williams in the 200 (23.08) and the 4x400 (3:31.4) consisting of Carl Fritz, Coy Mullins, Wyatt Kohl and Williams.
Mullins will compete in two other events at Athens High School as he finished third in the 400 (52.14) and fourth in the long jump (20'6.5).
Joey Stafford will be making the trip as well thanks to a third-place showing in the 3200 (10:01.98).
Finishing a spot away from qualifying in fifth place were Nick Bledsoe in the 1600 (4:43.48), Jacob Stewart in the high jump (5'8), and the 4x800 (8:43.43) consisting of Fritz, Bledsoe, Kohl and Stafford.
Indian Valley won the boys title with 113 points. It was followed by West Holmes with 100.5, Carrollton with 94, Claymont with 75, River View with 66, Minerva with 45, Garaway with 43, Harrison Central with 31, Lisbon with 30, Tusky Valley with 27.5, Edison with 14, Coshocton with 12, East Liverpool with 7, and Sandy Valley with 5.
Regionals will be held at Athens High School on Thursday, May 25; and Saturday, May 27. The top four in each event will qualify to the 2017 State Track and Field Championships, held at Jesse Owens Stadium on the campus of The Ohio State University, on June 2-3.