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Fitch boys finish 2nd in D1 meet

AUSTINTOWN — The Austintown Fitch boys track and field team placed second as a team at Friday’s Division I Austintown Regional meet and is sending three competitors and a relay team to next week’s state meet.

The Falcons’ 4×100-meter relay team of Dan Evans, Donnie Ellis, Brody Herman and Jayden Eley won the event in a time of 43.18 seconds.

The top four finishers in each event advanced to next weekend’s Division I state meet at Hilliard Darby High School. The fifth- and sixth-place finishers also have a chance to qualify for state if their times are among the two best compared to the fifth- and sixth-place finishers at the other regionals around the state.

Fitch’s Nate Leskovac placed second in the high jump with a leap of 6-foot-4. The Falcons’ JaMeire Robinson finished third in shot put with a throw of 52-8.75. Kyree Long was seventh in the 110 hurdles (15.56). Fitch’s 4×400 relay team took eighth. Fitch scored 41 total team points, trailing only Massillon Perry’s 50.5.

Boardman tied for fifth with 26 points. The Spartans’ 4×100 relay team — Anthony Hightower, Trey DePietro, Ben Alvarico and Cameron Thompson — was a mere one-hundredth of a second behind Fitch, finishing second at 43.19. Thompson capped off the impressive showing with a third-place finish in the 100 at 11.38 seconds.

Canfield’s Nick Plant set a stadium record in the 800, winning the event in a time of 1:50.59 (the record was 1:52.13, set in 2015).

MarKwuan Brown of Warren G. Harding was seventh in the 100 at 11.61.

On the girls’ side, Boardman had two participants place in the top four.

The Spartans’ Gia Triveri was fourth in the 300-meter hurdles at 47.58 seconds, while Raegen Burkey took fourth in the 800-meter run in a time of 2:14.39. Boardman’s 4×400 relay team also could advance as the group of MacKenzie Riccitelli, Burkey, Alayna Cuevas and Emma Tokarsky finished sixth (4:08.40).

Fitch’s 4×100 relay team of Kenzie Chine, Savannah Jones, Jenna Rodgers and Madison Bucko advanced by placing second at 50.33. The Falcons’ Kristin Yeager was fifth in the 1600 at 5:09.14, so she too has a chance to qualify.

Warren G. Harding’s NaVeyah Parisi qualified in the long jump with a leap of 16 feet, 11 inches. The Raiders’ Faith Burch was fifth in the 100 hurdles with a time of 16.36. The Raiders’ 4×100 relay team of Parisi, Burch, Diamond Phillips and Shariah Quilling finished seventh (52.91). Parisi, Burch, Phillips and Quilling also were part of a 4×200 relay team that placed eighth (1:49.43).

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