Northridge High School junior Olivia Carpenter will have company in the Division III state girls track and field meet June 2 and 3 at Ohio State.
The standout hurdler will be joined by sophomore Megan King, who qualified in the 3,200 meters from the regional meet that concluded May 26 at Fairfield Union.
“I think it’s great that we have another runner there this season,” coach Richard Featheringill said. “That makes it more of a team thing, and I think it will be more relaxing for both runners.”
Carpenter won the 300 hurdles at regional in a program-record 44.71 seconds and was third in the 100 hurdles in 15.08. The top four finishers in each event advanced to state.
“I challenged Olivia in that (300 hurdles final) race,” Featheringill said. “I wanted her to take it out in the first 100 (meters) and attack every hurdle. She did that and was surprised by how fast she went.”
Last season at state, Carpenter finished ninth in the 100 hurdles (15.53) to miss a spot on the awards podium by one place.
This year, she has the second-best Division III time at state, trailing only Lima Temple Christian’s Madison Yingst (44.61). Yingst is in the first preliminary heat and Carpenter is in the second.
King was fourth in the 3,200 at regional in a program-record 11:24.81, breaking the mark of 11:32 set by Bobbi Hardbarger in 1996. Last fall, King was the first Northridge girls cross country runner to compete at state since Hardbarger in 1994-96.
“We had Megan’s set time (to reach at regional) as 11:45, which would have been a 15-second (personal record),” Fetaheringill said. “But Megan is such a pacer, and she is too proud to quit. She stayed with the pack of the (Nos.) 3-4-5 runners, and I knew if she was going to be pushed she would do well. We never expected this much of a drop though.”
Also at regional, Carpenter joined Lorna Bailey, Megan McCament and Makayla Harris on the 1,600 relay that finished ninth (4:17.19) and teamed with Bailey, Hunter Hensen and McCament on the 16th-place 800 relay (1:56.23).
Sydney Menix competed in the high jump but did not clear the initial height.
The Vikings tied Reedsville Eastern for 13th (21 points) behind champion Marion Pleasant (45) as 43 teams scored.
Gabe Miller was the lone participant for the boys team in the Division II regional that concluded May 27 at Lexington. He was fifth in the discus (149 feet, 9 inches) and 11th in the shot put (48-4 1/2).
Northridge tied Eaton for 34th (4) behind champion Lexington (44) as 44 teams scored.
Johnnies boys team
ends year at regional
The Johnstown-Monroe boys track team competed in the Division II regional at Lexington, but did not have any athletes advance to state.
Junior Daniel Rose was 13th in the discus (126-4), junior Nathaniel Taylor was 14th in the high jump (5-8) and sophomore Alexander Jenney was 14th in the 300 hurdles (42.86).
Taylor tied Marion Pleasant’s Jed Charpie for second in the high jump (5-10) in the district meet, which concluded May 20 at Westerville South. Jenney was third in the 300 hurdles (42.56) and Rose was fourth in the discus (136-5) as the Johnnies finished eighth (33 points) of 21 teams behind champion Eastmoor Academy (89).
The girls team tied Horizon Science for 21st (1) of 22 teams at district behind champion Caledonia River Valley (92) and did not have any regional competitors.
In the LCL-Cardinal Division meet May 10 and 12 at Licking Heights, the boys team was second (88) behind Heath (162).
Senior Brenden Peloquin won the 110 hurdles (17.48) and Jenney finished first in the 300 hurdles (43.65). Senior Josh Ashbrook won the 100 (11.58) and was runner-up in the 200 (23.4), and Taylor won the high jump (5-8).
The girls team was fifth (37.5) behind champion Heath (105) in the league meet.
Junior Emily Blenk won the long jump (15-1), and the 3,200 relay of junior Taylor Anderson, junior Hannah Dowell, senior Celsey Argyle and sophomore Charity Campbell was second (10:43.6).