Below you'll find a recap from the first day of the Youngstown Division I Regional at Austintown Fitch High School.
OVERALL SUMMARY: Only four finals were completed on the boys’ side Wednesday, leaving Perry and Boardman tied for first place with 13 points apiece. Stow (11), Massillon (10), Austintown Fitch (10), Mentor (10) and Wadsworth (10) also established themselves as early contenders. The second and final day of the regional is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. Friday. The top four individuals or relay teams in each final advance to next week’s state meet in Columbus. Click here for complete results through Wednesday.
POLE VAULT: Perry junior Charlie Steiner won his first regional title with a height of 14 feet, 3 inches. Willoughby South senior Cory Biro (14-0), Chesterland senior Joey Drockton (13-9) and Boardman senior Joe Bialik (13-6) rounded out the top four. More about the champ: Steiner finished fourth at last season's regional before failing to place at state because of a back injury. His personal record is 14-6, which he set earlier this season in a Federal League dual meet against Lake. Victory speech: "I've got a chance to place this year (at state). Now that I went down last year, I won't have as many butterflies this year." -- Perry junior Charlie Steiner
3,200-METER RELAY: Seniors Jacob Sussman, Aaron Tipton, Jake Hiltner and junior Russ McCune combined to win in 7:46.02. GlenOak (7:48.88), Aurora (7:55.74) and Mentor (7:56.12) also earned state berths. More about the champs: The Grizzlies were behind until the second lap of the final leg, when Hiltner turned it on. Still, Wadsworth wasn't entirely pleased with its come-from-behind victory. The Grizzlies posted a time of 7:42.95 a week earlier at district and entered regional with high expectations. After all, Wadsworth is ranked second in the nation in the 3,200, according to milesplit.com's rankings. Victory speech: "Our middle two legs were collectively five seconds slower than last week (at district). We're all in this together. We're all in this as a team. Last week, we all PRed, so it was a success for everybody and everybody was happy. Today, we had two people not PR, so it's a disappointment for all of us." -- Wadsworth distance coach Michelle Farr
LONG JUMP -- Massillon junior Devin Smith (23-1 1/2) prevailed against Boardman sophomore Allen Starkey (22-3), Stow junior Duane Mitchell (22-1) and Copley senior Martel Durant (22 1/2). More about the champ: Smith is a first-time state qualifier in any event. He's also a power forward for Massillon's basketball team and a standout wide receiver for the Tigers' football team. He said he has several scholarship offers from several Division I football programs, including Toledo, Ball State, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Nebraska and Boston College. Victory speech: "I'm pretty satisfied. I've been wanting to go to state ever since I've been in high school and running track. This is a competitive sport, and I love everything about it. I'll do whatever it takes to get to the next level.
DISCUS -- There was not a local champion in this event. Austintown Fitch senior George Thomas (178-11) claimed the top spot, followed by Canfield senior Dustin Brode (175), Solon junior AJ Hicks (166-1) and Mentor junior Andy Stevenson (153-4).
ODDS & ENDS -- Three local representatives placed fifth in finals: Twinsburg sophomore Christian Moermand (pole vault, 13-6); Cloverleaf senior Cody Furr (149-7); and Marlington's 3,200 relay team (7:58.02). ... Wadsworth won a regional title in the 3,200 for the first time since 2003, when the Grizzlies set a meet record in 7:44.65.