The Johnstown-Monroe High School track and field teams arrived late to the Division II regional meet May 30 at Lexington, limiting their chances to advance to state.

The Johnstown-Monroe High School track and field teams arrived late to the Division II regional meet May 30 at Lexington, limiting their chances to advance to state.

Instead of starting out for Lexington, a school near Mansfield in Richland County, the bus started for New Lexington, a school east of Lancaster in Perry County.

"I drove up by myself (to the regional meet) and from what I understand they realized (at) about Lancaster that they were going the wrong way," assistant coach Mark Thomas said. "By the time they got here, the (3,200-meter relay) already had been run, so we missed that. We missed the girls shot put, but the girls high jump and boys pole vault (were) still going on."

Senior Kendall Colvin, who tied for fifth in the high jump (5 feet, 2 inches) in last year's girls state meet, did not clear her initial height at regional.

"When they got (to regional), the high jump was still going on, but they were at 5-3," Thomas said. "They allowed Kendall to start at 5-3, but she didn't have any warm-up jumps and wasn't able to clear. That was tough to do without warm-ups."

Junior Alex Workman did not clear his initial height of 13-6 in the boys pole vault. Freshman Josiah Annis did not compete in the event because of a leg injury.

"The officials did everything they could for us without bending the rules," Thomas said.

Sophomore Elizabeth Blenk (300 hurdles), senior Marissa Sheets (400) and the girls' 800 relay competed May 30 but did not advance to regional finals June 1.

For more on this story, read the June 2 edition of the Johnstown Independent.