Ironton’s Monnig sets pole vault record to top district qualifier
Published 4:44 am Thursday, May 21, 2009
OAK HILL — Ironton’s Jon Monnig doesn’t have a pilot’s license, but that doesn’t stop him from flying high.
Monnig, a junior, set the Division II district track meet record as he won the pole vault event on Wednesday when he cleared 14-feet.
“I felt good going over. I think I can go a lot higher. (Teammate) Ryan (Sias) and I will really get up for the regionals,” said Monnig.
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The top four finishers in each event qualify for the regional meet next week at Byesville. Sias finished second when he cleared 12-6.
Fairland’s Kyle Kincaid also cleared 12-6 but finished third due to misses.
Monnig’s 14-foot vault also tied the Fighting Tigers’ school record.
Ironton senior Lukas Morris also advanced in the long jump with a winning distance of 20-feet, 11-inches.
In girls’ field events, South Point senior Ericka Leighty leaped 5-3 to win the high jump and teammate Angelica Stewart was third at 4-10. Fairland’s Jordan Aldridge tied Athens Mary Page Dalrymple at 4-8.
Ironton junior Lorna Ceaser was third in the shot put with a season’s best heave of 3-3.75.
All other field events will be held on the meet’s second day. The meet resumes at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
The only final in the running events was the 4×800-meter relay. Both the Ironton and Fairland boys’ teams qualified for the regional meet.
Ironton’s team of Pierce Reeves, Dustin Moritz, Adam Stumbo and Gary Monroe ran an 8:38.43 time to place second behind Athens’ 8:28.38 time. Fairland was third as Jevon Hayes, Eddie Adkins, Kyle Taubenheim and Joe Stewart ran an 8:43.63 time.
The Division III district meet was held on Tuesday at Oak Hill High School and will conclude on Friday beginning at 5 p.m.
Coal Grove freshman Aaron Conley cleared 10-feet to win the pole vault.
Coal Grove’s Aaron Dickess was third in the discus with a toss of 129-11.
In the long jump, Coal Grove’s Daniel “Oakie” Haynes was second with a leap of 20-5 and Chesapeake’s Peter Hintz took third at 19-6.5.
For the girls’, Coal Grove’s Chelsea Delong threw the shot put 32-7.5 to finish second.