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Carter heads to state meet … again

A familiar trip will have a new outlook.

While four other area track standouts will make their first trip to the Division II state track meet Friday at Saturday, Ironton senior Marc Carter is headed for his third straight visit.

However, this time will be a lot different for the University of Akron recruit.

Carter was state runner-up the past two years in the 800-meter run. Injuries hurt his training this spring, but Carter adjusted by qualifying in a race that’s half as long, the 400-meter dash.

“It’ll be a challenge for Marc, but he’s been up to it throughout the tournament,” said Ironton coach Greg Cronacher. “Considering all the health problems he’s had this spring, to make it to the state meet for a third straight year is quite an accomplishment.”

Carter will run in heat one out of lane five in the 400 preliminaries scheduled for 3:10 p.m. Friday. Finals are Saturday.

Carter’s 50.32 clocking in the regional meet — a school record — has him with the sixth best time in his heat, but less than three-tenths of a second separates three places.

Ironton junior Lukas Morris only cleared 6-feet, 2-inches to win the regional meet, but he has a school-record 6-8 jump twice this season. He jumps at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

The best jump coming into the meet is Ryan Fleck of Napoleon at 6-11. However, Fleck tied for seventh last year at 6-foot.

Two other jumpers cleared 6-7 in the regional meet.

Fairland junior Aaron Ward will run out of lane six in the first heat of the 110-meter hurdle preliminaries at 2:10 p.m. Friday. His 14.89 time in the regional meet is the second best time in his heat behind Chris Bowler of Painesville Harvey at 14.63 seconds and fourth best overall.

In the preliminaries at 2 p.m. Friday, Fairland sophomore Jordan Aldridge is in lane eight of the first heat of the 100-meter hurdles. Aldridge had a 15.73 time in the regional meet.

Only one hurdler is under 15 seconds in her heat and only two overall in the event.

South Point junior Ericka Leighty is in the second flight of the long jump to be held at 9 a.m. Saturday. Leighty, who has jumped more than 17 feet this year, had a 16-7.75 in the regional meet.

Four girls had jumps of more than 18 feet and nine have gone more than 17 feet.