Below you'll find a recap from the first day of the Youngstown Division I Regional at Austintown Fitch High School.
OVERALL SUMMARY -- Only three finals were completed on the girls' side Wednesday, leaving North Canton Hoover in first place with 20 points. Brecksville (12 points), Austintown Fitch (10), Euclid (eight), Aurora (seven) and Twinsburg (seven) rounded out the top teams. 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.
HIGH JUMP -- North Canton Hoover sophomore Maddie Morrow won by posting a height of 5 feet, 7 inches. Aurora sophomore Jessica Baker, Twinsburg senior Brittani Reid and Canfield junior Leanna Hartsough each had jumps of 5-6 and earned state berths. More about the champ: Morrow finished as a regional runner-up last season. Her personal best is 5-9. Victory speech: "I was really able to do better under pressure. There were five girls that made it over 5-6, so the pressure was definitely on. I wasn't sure if I could make it, so I really had to focus. I got it on my first attempt, so after that I knew I could relax." -- North Canton Hoover sophomore Maddie Morrow
3,200-METER RELAY --Seniors Erin Garfield, Allison Peare, sophomore Hannah Christ and freshman Kelsey Peare combined to finish in 9:16.19 and capture victory for North Canton Hoover. Euclid (9:20.41), Shaker Heights (9:24.77) and Solon (9:26.68) rounded out the all-important top four. More about the champs: Hoover trailed until Kelsey Peare switched to turbo mode during the second leg. Hoover coach Jason Kirkland said Peare was actually pushed while she ran in a pack, but she showed tremendous poise. "Being a freshman, you don't how they'll respond to that, but coming off the back stretch, she just took off," he said. Christ and Kelsey's older sister, Allison, a University of Kentucky track and cross country recruit, then held on. It was the first time the Hoover girls qualified for state in the 3,200 and obviously the first time they won a regional title. Their time of 9:16.19 was also a school record. Victory speech: "My strategy was to stay in contact with them, and as soon as I hit that 200 mark, just go and get a lead for our third leg." -- Hoover freshman Kelsey Peare
SHOT PUT -- There was not a local champion in this event. Austintown Fitch junior Ali Tolich (44-6 3/4) took that honor. Brecksville junior Becki Famurewa (42-9 1/4), Wadsworth junior Hannah Gospodinsky (42-9) and Boardman senior Valerie Hood (40-8) will advance.
ODDS & ENDS -- The first heat of the girls 300-meter hurdles had to be re-run because a couple of the hurdles were set at the wrong height. ... Cloverleaf junior Jennifer Foster barely missed advancing to state. She finished fifth in the high jump with a height of 5-6, the same mark as the athletes who finished second through fourth, meaning tiebreakers were deciding factors.