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Monnig’s record vault sends him to state track meet

BYESVILLE — Two prizes for the price of one.

Ironton senior pole vaulter Jon Monnig not only captured a regional championship, but he set a new school record in the process Thursday during the first day of the Division II regional track meet at Meadowbrook High School.

“Jon’s had a hamstring problem the last week or so and we’ve kept him off our 4×100 relay team to make sure he was healthy for the pole vault because that’s his best event,” said Ironton coach Greg Cronacher.

“He felt good and he really stepped up to the challenge. He’s been around 13-6 all year and he’s been trying to adjust to his bigger pole. We knew he was capable of going 14-feet or better and I think he’s capable of going even higher.”

Monnig — who tied the record last year of 14-1 at the district meet — broke the mark set by Justin Gillum as he vaulted 14-feet, 3-inches to claim his regional championship and a berth in the state meet Friday and Saturday, June 4-5, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of Ohio State University.

Monnig was seventh in the state meet last year when he went 13-6.

Ironton’s Ryan Sias finished fourth with a vault of 13-3 to earn a spot in the state. The top four qualifiers in each event advance to the state meet. Sias also went 19-feet in the long jump.

“I’m tickled to death for Ryan. He’s as good an athlete as we’ve had in this program and he’s worked hard since the seventh grade. It’s nice to see him rewarded. He earned this,” said Cronacher.

Chesapeake Panthers’ senior Peter Hintz also earned a trip north with a fourth place finish in the long jump. Hintz had a 20-7.5 leap.

Fighting Tigers’ junior Ben Wells didn’t qualify in the discus but still celebrated with a personal-best throw of 150-feet and 2-inches to place fifth overall.

“He was disappointed that he didn’t finish in the top four but he still stepped up and had a great performance,” said Cronacher.

“Ben was fourth going into the finals and a guy went ahead of him. To his credit, that’s when he threw his 150-footer. I’m proud of his effort.”

Ironton’s 4×100-meter relay team of Sias, Charles Stewart, Tyler Hager and Tres Wilks ran a 45.08 seconds to finish eighth in the preliminaries and qualify for Saturday’s finals.

Fairland’s 4×400 relay qualified for the finals as Chad Gibson, Matt Bloomfield, Garrett Wireman and Kyle Taubenheim ran a 3:30.28 time. The Lady Dragons 4×100 team of Jordan Aldridge, Jenny Price, Amber Pappas and Megan Brooks ran a 51.53 to finished sixth and reach the finals.

Aldridge also ran a 15.45 in the 100-meter hurdles to place second and advance to the finals.

The 4×800-meter relay team of Pierce Reeves, Dustin Moritz, Adam Stumbo and Gary Monroe ran a solid 8:26.55 time but finished seventh.

South Point’s Jalynn Bradburn was seventh in the high jump at 5-1. Chesapeake’s Amanda Ruffner went 4-10 in the event.

South Point’s Kayla Fletcher rana 13.05 in the 100 meters to qualify for the finals. Elaine gore and a 13.71 time.

Other runners who did not qualify were:

Fairland’s Andrew Scholl threw 122-10 in the discus; Logan Froehlich went 12-6 in the pole vault; the 4×800 relay team of Hunter Gibson, Ryan Stewart, Raine Wireman and Taubenheim ran a 9:10.72; the 4×200 team of Bloomfield, Hunter Gibson, Garrett Wireman and David Jones ran a 1:36.27; and Bloomfield ran a 23.52 in the 200 meters;

The Lady Dragons’ 4×800 team of Megan Ashton, Mariah Chaffin, Sydney Pettit and Tori Hutchison ran a 10:55.73; Pappas had an 18.05 time in the 100-meter hurdles;

South Point’s 4×200 relay team of Tevin Mitchell, Tre Campbell, Matt Button and Corey Crabtree ran a 1:34.71;

The Lady Pointers 4×200 team of Gore, Tinesha Taylor, Angelica Stewart and Fletcher ran a 1:53.30, and the same four ran the 4×100 in 53.65 seconds.