Quakers punch ticket to state
AUSTINTOWN — Salem seniors Carson Stockman and Cam Jaquette cut it close Thursday.
Both earned the fourth and final state berths in their respective events at the Austintown Division II regional track meet.
“I was here last year,” Stockman said. “It’s a relief now just getting to Columbus.”
Stockman was fourth in the discus with a toss of 156-feet-4, just 6 inches ahead of fifth place.
Jaquette was fourth in the long jump at 20-10 1/2, getting a state berth by 1 inch.
“It’s exciting,” said Jaquette, who is in his second year of track.
He had to wait for the final jumper to compete in the hurdles preliminaries before learning his fate.
“Nervous, adrenaline rush and scared,” Jaquette said about how he felt during the wait.
The top four in each event advance to the state meet at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium next weekend.
“That’s been the goal all year,” Stockman said. “To hit it is amazing.”
Stockman had tosses of 156-4 and 151-9 on his last two attempts in the preliminaries. Brookside senior Drew Pospisil came close on his first attempt in the finals at 155-10.
Jaquette went over 20 feet on his first two long jumps and his mark held up.
“I had over a 21-foot long jump and they called my foot over my a hair,” he said.
Jaquette will be in the state finals at 9:30 a.m. next Friday and Stockman at 9:30 a.m. next Saturday.
Stockman has been to the state meet to watch his older brother, Cooper, in the discus.
“I’d like to PR and make it to the finals,” he said.
Jaquette never thought about the state meet before.
“I’ve never done this before, so I’m just going to go and compete,” he said. “It will be nerve-racking, but it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
• Also in the long jump, West Branch junior Dru DeShields was sixth (20-1 1/2) and Salem senior Michael Hixson was 14th (18-8).
• Keystone junior Ryne Shackelford, the defending state champion, had another impressive effort. He won the regional title in the long jump, setting a stadium record at 23-7 1/2. He also posted the top time in the 100-meter dash (10.66 seconds) and second best in the 200-meter dash (22.00).
“He’s insane,” Jaquette said. “He’s a different kind of athlete.”
•Salem junior Ryan Kamperman was seventh in the boys discus (142-11), followed by South Range senior Jacob Brooks in 11th (129-6).
• Salem junior Makenna Rudy was 10th in the girls shot put (34-4 3/4).
• West Branch junior Claire Brunner finished in a three-way tie for 10th place in the girls high jump (4-10).
• Regional action continues Saturday at Falcon Stadium with the field events at 11 a.m. and the running events at noon.