Morris leads group to state meet
BYESVILLE — Lukas Morris must have liked the idea of going to the state track meet so much he wants to compete twice.
Morris qualified for the Ohio High School Athletic Association state track meet on Thursday in the long jump. At the second day of competition on Saturday, Morris added the high jump.
Morris — who was fourth in the long jump at 20-10.5 on Thursday — won the high jump as he cleared 6-foot-6, four inches higher than runner-up Brad Leslie of Northwest.
“Lukas has been jumping well the last three weeks. I think he’s got his confidence back and he’s getting more consistent,” said Ironton coach Greg Cronacher.
Morris high jumped in the state meet last year and finished second in the event.
South Point’s Ericka Leighty will also advance to the state meet in two events and one as a regional champion.
Leighty leaped 17-3.75 to win the long jump. She will add that event to a third place finish in the high jump.
Keely Drabick of Richmond Edison won the high jump with Katie Davis of Cambridge second. All three cleared 5-2 but the places were determined due to the number of misses.
Another regional champion is Fairland Lady Dragons’ Jordan Aldridge in the 100-meter hurdles. After posting the best qualifying time at 15.21 seconds, Aldridge ran a 14.91 time in the finals.
She was 11th in the 300 hurdles on Thursday.
Fairland teammate Megan Brooks also earned a trip to the state meet by finishing fourth in the pole vault at10-3.
Ironton’s Taylor Hacker was ninth in the 1600-meter run and set a new school record in the process. Hacker’s 5:36.45 time broke the old mark held by Brianna McCown.
Hacker was 15th in the 3200 at 13:04.50.
“Taylor Hacker did a great job and she’s just a sophomore,” said Ironton Lady Tigers’ coach Tim Thomas. “We felt good about the day. Overall, we were pleased with the results.”
Ironton’s Adam Stumbo set a personal best time in the 1600 with a 10:44.61 time. Teammate Pierce Reeves was 11th in the 800 with a 4:57.70 clocking.
Fairland’s Kenny Smith was fifth in the high jump at 6-foot. The Dragons’ Joe Stewart ran an 11:15.20 to place 16th in the 3200.
South Point’s Kayla Fletcher was 10th in the long jump at 15-10.25 and Ironton’s Cinnamon Fletcher was 14th at 14-9.25. The Lady Tigers’ Carie Rister was 11th in the pole vault at 8-6.
On Thursday, Ironton’s Jon Monnig cleared 13-3 to finish fourth in the pole vault and earn his ticket north. Teammate Ryan Sias went 12-6 and was seventh while Fairland senior Kyle Kincaid tied for eighth at 12-6.
In the 4×800, Ironton’s Dustin Moritz, Adam Stumbo, Pierce Reeves and Gary Monroe — all sophomores — were 11th at 8:44.26 while Fairland’s team of Jevon Hayes, Eddie Adkins, Kyle Taubenheim and Joe Stewart was 13th at 8:45.98.
South Point’s 4×200 relay of Tevin Mitchell, Matt Button, Zach Cremeans and Drew Lynd was 15th at 1:36.80.
In the girls’ meet, Ironton’s Lorna Ceaser was 12th in the shot put at 32-1.25.
South Point’s Fletcher just missed the finals. Fletcher was ninth at 13.33 seconds.
The Lady Fighting Tigers 4×100 relay of Cinnamon Fletcher, Morgan Weisgarber, Johnna Seward and Cortney Rister were 12th in the preliminaries with a 53.71 clocking.