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Salem wins county

United wins girls meet; Lady Quakers second

May 2, 2012
RON FIRTH - Staff Writer , Salem News

EAST PALESTINE - The Salem boys loaded up for the 109th annual Columbiana County Track and Field Meet on Tuesday.

The Quakers swept the relays and placed in to the top four in every event for their fourth straight county title and eighth in the last nine years.

"This is the first time we've run with everyone," Salem coach Todd Huda said. "They get excited about this meet. They always come out and do their best."

Salem ran away from the field with 167 points. United was second with 96 points and Crestview was third with 81.

"It was supposed to be close from the times that we saw, but everyone stepped up," Salem senior Scott Lodge said.

"It is always our goal to win it," said Salem junior Anthony Shivers, who set the only meet record of the day.

Salem took the lead from the start at Reid Stadium as Shivers and Steve Manypenny went 1-2 in the discus with their best throws ever and Zach Wukotich won the high jump by clearing 6-0.

Shivers' toss of 178-5 is the best in Division II so far this season and broke the meet record of 171- 7 set by Lisbon's Dom DeFilippo in 2005.

"Huda told me a few days the record was 171 and that's all I was thinking about," Shivers said.

Shivers just missed the mark with a toss of 170-1 on his first attempt. After two fouls, he got his record throw on his fourth and final attempt.

"Tony Shivers breaks the county discus record by 8 feet, which is big," Huda said.

Manypenny had three throws over 142 feet, including a personal best of 147-4.

Shivers claimed high-point honors in the field events. He also won the shot put with a toss of 45-3 3/4, edging United freshman Luke Cooper by an inch.

"I've been training more and more on it," Shivers said.

Salem won nine events in all and had a bunch of other places.

"Nick Costa came through for us in the distances. Steve Manypenny had his best throws in the discus. Scott Lodge had his season best in the hurdles," Huda said. "It's nice when your seniors come through."

Joining Shivers and Wukotich as individual winners for the Quakers were sophomore Caleb Quinn in the 110 hurdles (15.98) and Lodge in the 300 hurdles for the second straight year (41.97).

"I'm really happy with our performance," Huda said. "I'm also happy Zack Penick is back and running 22.6 in the 200, which is a PR (personal record)."

The Quakers showcased their team depth by sweeping the four relays. The winners included Haeden Panezott, Marcus Crittenden Paul Matak and Penick in the 400 relay (44.31); Austin Noel, Matak, Crittenden and Penick in the 800 relay (1:35.72); Blake Veglia, Ryan Bush, Noel and Lodge in the 1600 relay (3:37.64); and Bradley Larson, Costa, Veglia and Lodge in 3200 relay (8:37.48).

"All of those guys did a good job," Shivers said.

"We all did what we expected," Lodge said.

Meet notes

Lisbon senior Chad Bosel had a busy day as he claimed high-point honors in the running events with 26 points. Bosel won the 800 run (2:05.1) and 1600 run (4:40.0) and took third in the 3200 run. He accounted for all but two of Lisbon's points.

East Palestine senior Jake DiCello repeated as county champion in the 100 dash (11.14) and 200 dash (22.59).

"I was looking forward to the 200," Huda said. "There was a lot of good competition."

The top five runners finished under 22.9 seconds.

Other boys winners were Crestview senior Jake Mellinger in the 400 dash (a school-record 50.61), East Liverpool junior Nate Boyer in the 3200 run (10:20.41), and Columbiana junior Britton Steiginga in the long jump (21-1 1/2).

It didn't take Huda long to answer what opponents impressed him the most.

"Obviously, Jake DiCello. He's impressive," Huda said. "And the sprinters from Crestview.

"Austin Noel is good and for him to get beat (by Jake Mellinger), that's saying something."

Noel wasn't too happy about finishing second in the 400 dash.

"That what I like about the seniors, they are never satisfied," Huda said. "I wouldn't want it any other way."

The Quakers got the county trophy for the 56th time.

"I put them in the locker room," Huda said. "At the end of the year, I give them to the athletic director. I don't know what happens to them after that."

United races to victory

EAST PALESTINE - United senior Ruth Prosko and Preslee Johnson both missed the Columbiana County Track and Field Meet last year.

They were determined to contribute this year as both played key roles in helping the United girls repeat as county champions at Reid Stadium on Tuesday.

"It's great to go out your senior year with a win," Prosko said.

"It feels really good," Johnson said.

United won the first race of the day and kept going, pulling away in the distance events for 148 points. Salem was second with 137 points and Beaver Local was third with 71 points.

"It's always been close between us and Salem, so you expect a close meet," Prosko said.

"I worked out every scenario and I knew it was going to be close," United coach Nancy Miller said.

The Eagles led by nine points heading into the final event, the 1600-meter relay. The Eagles dropped the baton on the first exchange, Prosko, Chloe Bortmas, Mikayla Englert and Allison Parks still won in 4 minutes, 23.05 seconds.

"I know the girls running it," Miller said. "They are going to be very determined."

It was close except for the distance events. The Eagles went 1-2 in the 800 and 1600 runs and 2-3 in the 3200 run.

"I think we had a couple of key points," Miller said. "We went 1-2 in the 800 and picking up a third in the 3200 when the (Natalie Gamble) wasn't feeling her best."

Sophomore Allison Parks took high-point honors in the running events with 23 points. She won the 800 run (2:29.86) a second straight year and was second in the 1600 run. She also was a member of two winning relays - joining Maggie Briceland, Guappone and Prosko on the 3200 relay (10:12.01) and also running on the 1600 relay.

"The distance runners have stepped up," Prosko said. "What Emily Guappone and Allison Parks do amazes me."

United junior Emily Guappone also won the 1600 run (5:28.94) and was second in the 3200 run.

"We had a lot of first and seconds, but it was the kids placing sixth, seventh and eighth," Prosko said. "Those points add up and make a difference in a close meet."

She missed last track season due to a knee injury, but has bounced back after an injury to her other knee cut short her basketball season.

"Last year was pretty rough not being out there," Prosko said. "It gives you a determination to do even more to get back out there.

"I never doubted I would be running again. " struggled getting my times down to where they are."

Johnson was glad to be back at the county meet and the Eagles needed her. She was third in the 100 and 200 dashes and anchored the second-place 400 and 800 relay teams.

"I don't think I was as much of an impact last year as I am this year," Johnson said.

The United girsl have won five county titles the last eight years after not winning one before.

"Success in the program breeds success," Miller said. "I have a lot of girls who love track."

"I have other people tell me they have a hard time with spring sports. They say it's the end of the school year and it's hard to keep them motivitated with graduation and the end of the school years. They're looking forward to the next month ending. Not my girls. They're looking forward to what the next month brings. I'm blessed."

The United girls are looking forward to even more success with only three seniors on the roster - Mindy Denman, Johnson and Prosko.

"I think they will have just as much potential next year as we have this year," Johnson said.

Meet notes

Wellsville sophomore Shartece Taylor was a three-time winner. She repeated as county champion in the 100 dash (12.62) and also won the long jump (16-3 1/4) and joined Mikyla Tipton, Maleya Fultz and Angelica Scarabino on the winning 400 relay team (52.59).

East Palestine junior Chloe Snyder and Salem junior Ciera Trybend shared high-point honors in the girls field events with 16 points.

Snyder won the high jump (5-2) for the third straight year and was third in the long jump, while Trybend captured the shot put (38-5) and was third in the discus.

Columbiana sophomore Addie Dunlap broke her own school record in winning the discus (125-5).

Three freshmen won individual events, including Salem's Marissa Swindell in the 200 dash (27.26), Lisbon's Bobbi Jo Evans in the 400 dash (62.04), and Columbiana's Shayla Ray in the 100 hurdles (16.98).

Other girls winners were Beaver Local junior Sarah Ridgely in the 300 hurdles (50.30), Salem junior Mallory Maher in the 3200 run (12:16.50). and the Salem 800 relay team of Hannah Texter, Cassie Davidson, Paige O'Brien and Marissa Swindell (1:51.16).

Here is what a quote from Nancy Miller should have said in Tuesday's preview.

"I am always a team first-oriented coach and we don't have an ego problem. Our freshmen are supported and encouraged."



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