Marx closes career with runner-up

Salem’s Caitlyn Marx competes in the discus Friday during the Div. II state track meet at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus. (Salem News/Ron Firth)

COLUMBUS — Salem senior Caitlyn Marx left the state track meet with cheers instead of tears.

Marx was the Division II state runner-up in the discus Friday, the highest finish by a Salem girls in the field events.

“It’s very exciting and a big relief,” Marx said. “In past years, I did not perform as well as I would have liked. I didn’t today either, but getting second is a lot better than not getting on the podium.”

Crestview junior Sidney Rambo was right behind her in third place in becoming the first girl in school history to place at the state meet.

“Honestly I had my fingers crossed for top three,” Rambo said. “I wanted to get on the podium.”

Both had their best throws on their second attempts — Marx at 140-feet-0 and Rambo at 133-feet-6.

“I was pretty relieved after that,” Marx said. “It was a big weight off my shoulders.”

This was the second straight year she has come in with the top throw and her third year at state, but hasn’t had much success until Friday. She finished 12th as a sophomore and 11th as a junior, despite coming in with the top throw.

“I was tough on myself,” Marx said. “I put a lot of pressure on me. I had high expectations.”

This time, she was happy finishing second.

Van Wert junior Kiresten Clay won with a personal-best toss of 145-8 in the prelminiaries. She had three throws over 140 feet and all six over 136 1/2 feet.

Rambo had her best series of throws with three over 130 feet and another 129-5.

“I thought my nerves would get me, but they didn’t,” Rambo said. “Getting the first one in was big.”

Salem junior Abbie Antram was 10th at 126-5, missing finals by 7 inches.

The throwers were all business on Friday.

“It was kind of awkward not talking to them,” Rambo said. “I guess we just want to stay focused.”

“It’s pretty nice to see some friendly faces,” Marx said. “There’s not a lot of talking at the state meet. Maybe afterwards.”

Marx will be graduating, but still leaves her mark.

“She is a huge role model for me,” Rambo said. “I was proud of her today. She’s phenomenal.”

“She really does deserve it,” Salem senior runner Haley Rozeski said. “She is at the track all the time.”

“I went there one night at 8,” Salem sophomore runner Halle Cochran said, “and she was there.”

Marx’s departure will mean more opportunities for some underclassman who wants it the most.

“I hope for us, there’s more next season,” Rambo said.

State notes

¯ Edison senior Faith Hoobler was 13th in the Division II girls discus (119-2).

¯ South Range senior Jordan Lowery, the Austintown regional champion, finished 18th in the Division II boys shot put ( 43-10). He was one of seven throwers who did not reach 50 feet.

¯ Clay’s brother, Austin, took third place in the Division II shot put (57-0 1/4), which was going on the same time as the girls discus. Austin Clay is heading to the Central Michigan track team.

¯ Marx is heading to Oregon State University on a track and field scholarship.

She’ll be going to Oregon State on Aug. 11 for athlete orientation.

“There’s some things I need to work on and some things to come,” she said.

¯ She will be throwing the discus in college and maybe the hammer and shot put.

“I’ve picked it up (the hammer) a little bit, not enough to say I know what I’m doing,” she said.