COLUMBUS -- Newcomerstown senior and pole vault ace Chase Addy came through with a second place finish at the Division III state track and field meet held Friday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the Ohio State campus.
Addy matched his personal best of 14 feet, 6 inches to take the runner up spot.
He had finished fifth at the 2008 meet with 13-4. Mike Slattery of Sandusky won this year's event with 15-0.
Matt Keller of Findlay Liberty-Benton was third, also with a jump of 14-6, while Addy's familiar rival from the regional, Cody Marshall of East Canton, was fourth with 14-0.
In the Division II girls' prelims, Kayla Caldwell of Indian Valley moved to the finals with a sixth place finish in the 300 hurdles with 46.17. The Lady Brave's 4x100 relay team of Candace Casini, Samantha Ohler, Taryn Deetz and Caldwell also will run in the finals as they finished fourth in 49.72. Caldwell did not advance in the 200, where she ran was 16th in 27.61.
Also in Division II, several individuals and relay teams failed to move to the finals.
From Ridgewood, they included Austin Bates in the 300 hurdles (13th - 40.42), Zach Queen in the shot put (45-5), the 4x100 relay team of Bates, James Wiggins, Colt Landis, and Jake Conrad (16th - 44.65) and the 4x200 relay team of Nate Anderson, Landis, Wiggins, and Conrad (16th - 1:33.64).
Unable to advance for the Indian Valley boys was the 4x400 relay team of Ryan Simmers, Sean McKean, Jesse Beckner, and Sean Jones (15th - 3:31.04).
The finals for Division II were late Saturday and not available at press time.
Caldwell qualifies for state
BYESVILLE -- Several local athletes did well at the Division II regional track meet held at Meadowbrook High School to qualify for state competition in Columbus.
Leading the way was Indian Valley senior Kayla Caldwell. Once again she will be making the trip to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium to participate in four events. It was the fourth straight year she has done so.
Caldwell won the pole vault with a jump of 11-0. The height was well below her best but since she had already won at that height, decided to forego jumping further due to fatigue. She has already won two state pole vault titles and will be trying for number three.
Caldwell anchored the winning 400-relay team, which also included Candace Casini, Sam Ohler and Taryn Deetz. Caldwell also came in second in the 300 hurdles and third in the 200.
Indian Valley senior Sean Jones won the 800 (1:55.98) and was anchor for the second place 4x400 relay team, which included Ryan Simmers, Sean McKean and Jesse Beckner.
Ridgewood will have a presence in Columbus also. Austin Bates was third in the 300 hurdles while two relay teams advanced. The 4x100 team of Bates, James Wiggins, Colt Landis, and Jake Conrad were third while the 4x200 team of Nate Anderson, Landis, Wiggins, and Conrad were fourth.
At the regional held at Fairfield Union High School in Lancaster, Newcomerstown's Erica Roberts scored for the Trojans with an eighth place finish in the pole vault. Her jump was 8-9.
The top four in each event advanced to state.