The St. Vincent-St. Mary track and field team will take 19 athletes to the Division II boys and girls state meet this weekend, but only one, senior Megan Tomei, will be competing in a field event.

“It is always fun to be on this team,” Tomei said. “It kind of stinks I don’t have anyone going down with me to compete in a field event, but I know I always have the team behind me. Every running event is great, and everybody is so spirited. I can’t wait for the state meet.”

Tomei, an Ashland University recruit, is a state qualifier in the shot put and discus. Her personal-best throws are 42 feet, 10 inches in the shot put and 139-10 in the discus.

“I am excited to go in both this year,” Tomei said. “I just take it one day at a time and try to do my best and PR [personal record].”

Tomei said she has been throwing the shot put and discus since she was in the seventh grade. She was fourth at the state meet in the discus last year.

“She has been our anchor and rock for both guys and girls the past two years in field events,” St. V-M coach Dan Lancianese said. “We have never had a girl represent us in the shot and discus prior to her. If she relaxes, good things will happen for her. She is nationally ranked in the hammer and the discus.”

Six apiece for the Irish

Lancianese said the St. V-M boys and girls teams will have six athletes competing in multiple events.

The six Irish boys are junior Fransohn Bickley, sophomore Parris Campbell, junior Mick Iacofano and seniors Matt Matuska, Patrick O’Brien and Sean Poholski. The six Irish girls are Tomei, freshman Imani Davis, junior Chelsea Laury, sophomore Julia Mendiola, junior Marissa Rossetti and senior Tessa Weigand.

“What I am intrigued by is something that [Walsh Jesuit] coach Pat Ritchie, who is healing from a heart surgery, made a comment that I really respect, is that you need depth when you go down to Columbus,” Lancianese said.

“The guys have been battling injuries all year. I haven’t been able to sleep well since March. I haven’t had a full workout with the guys yet this year on the sprint side. The distance side has been anchors. They haven’t let up since cross country.

“We kind of had the luck of the gods in that changing the regional to Bedford put in a completely different incentive on the guys team because this is where some of them lost a regional final in football. I was needling them all week and telling them: ‘You have a chance to walk out of there going to Columbus and not going home if you want to do it.’ They came out on the track with a vengeance, wanting to get out of there with a win and not a loss.”

Allis aims for medal

Norton senior Kailene Allis is going to the Division II state girls meet with hopes of setting a new school record in the high jump and earning a medal.

Allis has tied Norton’s school record with an effort of 5-5 and is hoping to break it this weekend. She won the Portage Trail Conference Metro Division high jump title with a meet-record result of 5-4, and then placed second at the Salem district and third at the Bedford regional.

Wood commits to OVU

East baseball coach Scott Armstrong announced senior Parker Wood has committed to play baseball at Ohio Valley University on a partial scholarship.

Parker was a four-year starter for the Dragons as a pitcher and shortstop. He was named a member of the All-City Series first team this year.

Michael Beaven can be reached at 330-996-3829 or mbeaven@thebeaconjournal.com. Read the high school blog at https://ohio.com/preps.