Boykin tops state qualifiers

Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 29, 2004

BYESVILLE - It's a "two-for-one" deal for Mandi Boykin.

The Ironton Lady Fighting Tigers freshman sprinter is headed for her first state meet and she has qualified in two events.

Also qualifying in her first effort was South Point freshman Sarah Lee who was fourth in the lone jump. Lee leaped 17-0.5 in the finals.

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Boykin won the 200 meter dash in Friday's Division II regional track and field

meet. Boykin ran a 25.93 in the finals

to finish ahead of Ashley Grimm of Wintersville who ran a 26.18 time.

Besides the 200 meters, Boykin ran a 12.84 to place third in the 100 meter dash. The top four finishers qualify for the state meet to be held Friday and Saturday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of Ohio State University.

"I think she was a little dissatisfied after the 100. She felt she should have had a better time," Ironton Lady Tigers coach Tim Thomas said. "She felt she should have been a winner and she came back and smoked them."

Paula Ferry of Lisbon Beaver won the 100 meters at 12.73 with Emily Lacey of Fairfield Union second at 12.76. Nikki McKinniss of Gallipolis ran a 13.17 and was fourth.

Ironton's Justin Gillum qualified for the state meet on Wednesday when he cleared 13-6 and placed third in the pole vault.

In the Division III regional meet at Lancaster, Chesapeake senior sprinter Tristin Clark was second in the 100 meter dash as he advanced to the state meet.

Clark ran an 11.62 to finish behind Aaron Sprowl of Sugarcreek Garaway who ran an 11.24 time. J.P. Kraft of New Philadelphia was third at 11.65 seconds.

Clark also qualified in the 4×100 meter relay as he teamed up with Cody Hunt, Chad Simmons and Caleb Robbins for a 44.49 time and a second place finish behind Wellsville (44.45).

The same quartet ran in the 4×200 and placed seventh.

Chesapeake's Scott Davidson qualified for the state meet on Wednesday by clearing 12-6 to place third in the pole vault.

The Lady Panthers qualified the 4×200 relay team as Brittany Montgomery, Ashley Roach, Veronica Perko, and Lisa Perry ran a 1:49.68 to finish second behind Steubenville Catholic (1:49:34).

Wheelersburg's Jonathan Dunham, the defending 400 meter state champion, who both the 200 and 400 meter dashes. Dunham also ran a leg on the winning 4×400 relay team.