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The Ohio Middle School State T&F Championships is for sure one of the best meets of its kind in the midwest. A whole lot of heart goes into this meet from director Trent Temple and his crew. We'll be posting updates on the athletes through meet day.



The Green Middle School track team will be bringing two teams to the state meet again this year. We are attempting to win the girls Division 1 state title for a fourth year in a row. We have a returning state champion in the High Jump in Olga Branney who has jumped 5'2 this year. Olga will also be in the 4x200 and attempt to place in the 200m Hurdles for a second year. We have a state placing long jumper in Lilly Carson. She will also be an important part in the 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams. Raina Rotondo our state placing 400m runner who has run a 62.5 this year and she also starts our 4x100 and anchors our 4x400 relay teams. We return as well with our state placing pole vaulter Eleanor Edwards who is looking to improve her standing this year and will be making up an important part of the 4x400m relay team that recently set our school record with a 4:27.5. Miriam Blaine will returning in the pole vault, 4x400m relay and attempt to improve on her state placing time last year in the 200m hurdles. Natalia Just had a nice state meet last year but has become one of the leaders this year and she will be the anchor leg in our 4x100m relay and 4x200m relay. She will also be a member of our 4x400 m relay. One of our top newcomers is 7th grader Sydney Riffle who has been our a member of our 4x100m relay team that ran a 53.1 at the league meet this past weekend. She normally runs in the open 100 however she will move to the 4x200m relay team and she will compete in the open 200 m where she ran a 27.19 this weekend at the league meet. We also will carry a set of twins Cassie and Abbie Soloninka who are a pair of throwers who have throw the discus 89 and 98 feet respectively in the discus and 31 and 34 feet in the shot put. First year seventh grader Lauren Hopkins will compete in the 3200m.


Our second team is made up of many of our up and coming seventh graders and first year eighth graders who will be making their first trip to the state meet. We have Kayli and Kortni Agosta in the throws . They were a major part of a throws team that averaged over 28 feet in the shot put and over 70 feet in the discus. Madeline Rooney who is sprinter and long jumper. Kaitlyn Hawkins and Kristen McCausland who are sprinters and the newbies of a long line of pole vaulters that we have brought to the state meet. Madeline Dettore who has been a member of our 4x400m relay team will be competing in the 400m as well. Mya Chordar, Kimmy Haines, and Gabby Smith in both hurdle events and other sprints. Lastly, Lauren Nischwitz will be competing in the 4x200m and two sprint events as well.


Kevin Rybarczyk
7th grade Social Studies teacher
MS Wrestling and Girls Track Coach
Green Middle School


Here is an article Discussing several excellent runners who will be competing at the State Middle School Meet. Amanda Cusimano, Lydia Barnes and Olivia Bechtel have been awesome. Also the girls 4x100 relay team is undefeated and just broke the school record with a time of 52.6. They will be running at States as well.



David Harvey long jump 19 4  Hi Jump 5 10
Phil Cook, Gavin Erwin, Bobby Welch, and David Harvey ran the 4 x 2  broke the record at County meet 1.44
Phil Cook, Kaleb Romero, Bobby Welch and David Harvey ran 4 x 2  came in 1st broke the record 1.43.03 at OHC
Mechanicsburg JH Boy came in 1st place and won the OHC


Sydnie DeLong was the anchor on the record setting 4x200.  






The 4 girls are Diamond Johnson, Morgan Modro, Sydnie DeLong, & Sydney Black ..... record setters in 4x400 with a 4:22. They ran it in a 4:19 at the St. Clairsville meet.

Dalton Wiggins has set invitational and Track records so far at 3 different schools in the 1600, 800, and 4x 400 for a total of 7 events. 3 in the 1600, 3 in the 800, and 1 in the 4x400.


Luke Wagner, an 8th grader, he is the defending champion in the 1600m at the Ohio Middle School track championship last year and also the defending champion in the Ohio Middle School cross-country championship last fall.  Just this past weekend, he ran a personal best 4:35 in the 1600m at the Wasmer Games, an invitational attended by over 35 Cleveland-area Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) schools.  This mark not only smashed 26-year old meet record by over 20 seconds but also ranks as the fastest 1600m middle school time in the nation this year, as reported by Athletic.net.
Tim Trentel.  Also an 8th grader, he came in 3rd overall last year in the 1600m at the Ohio Middle School track championship and was the runner up in the Ohio Middle School cross-country championship last fall (finishing behind Luke).  Tim's personal best of 4:49 in the 1600m was run earlier this spring but he has been focusing more on the 800m.  At the Wasmer Games this past weekend, he tied the meet record by running a 2:06.7.  Athletic.net reports this as the second fastest 800m in the nation this year.

Ivy Mckee - Up and Coming 7th Grade Hurdler off to a great start

Ivy Mckee has been participating in AAU Track and Field since the age of 8. She experimented with the 80m hurdles as a Sub Midget (age 11) and made it to the AAU Junior Olympic Nationals. In her second year she changed teams, focused on getting her hurdle technique perfected and placed 12th last year. Her journey with Middle School Track and Field started this spring at Gahanna Middle School South. She moved up to the 200m hurdles and during the 2nd meet of the season broke the existing school record of 30.8 and ran a 30.6 (2nd time ever running the 200m hurdles). She has ran the 100m hurdles once this season and did well with a time of 16.2 (three stepping all 10 hurdles) which is an awesome feet for a 5 feet 2, 7th grader. So far this season she is undefeated in the 200m hurdles and also runs a mean open 400m and 200m. Breaking another school record on the books since 2008 in the open 200m, running a 26.65…keep on the lookout for this very determined 7th grader in the years to come!


CARSON KINNEY competed last year in the discus as a seventh grader and he's back with a vengeance already throwing 182' 8 3/4.  Last year and was the highest placer by a 7th grader in both the discus and shot put. 


Teammates Paul Mendola and Robert LeFevre of Hilliard Weaver have been leading the way for Central Ohio middle school distance running this spring.  Both are honor students and are reaping the benefits of consistent hard work in the classroom and at running.  As a duo, they went 1st and 2nd in their opening invitational in the mile, each running under 5:00 on a rainy and cold afternoon.  Paul’s PRs are a 4:54 mile, 2:09 800, and 58 for the 400.  Roberts are a 4:56 mile, 2:15 800, and 55 for the 400.  Their performances even more impressive considering Paul started the season with a quad injury keeping him temporarily out of training and Robert has just started distance running.   Mendola says he gets motivation to run hard from his desire to be an important member on the Davidson Cross Country team, who placed 4th in Ohio last year and is excited to make a run at state and national titles in the coming years.  Robert and Paul are poised to have very successful running careers!


8th grader Jacob Long is off to a FAST start to this Ohio Middle School Track Season!!!

Jacob Long from Ironton, Ohio is a student-athlete with phenominal talent who also plays football-basketball-track.

Below are Jacob Long's 8th Grade Personal Best Peformances so far for the 2012 Ironton Middle School Track Season.

All Times are Hand-Timed

Jacob Long best performances for 2012                

100M Dash          11.4        (2011-100M- 12.0)

200M Dash          23.6        (2011-200M- 24.0)

400M Dash          56.4        (2011-400M- 57.0)