Girard jumping to state

AUSTINTOWN – Savannah Teter wore a pair of green, neon socks over black ones underneath.

Sure they really don’t color coordinate, but that’s not the point.

It brings the Girard sophomore luck. She won the Division II Lakeview District title last week.

“I just got these. My mom got me these,” Teter said. “She said, ‘Go ahead and wear them.’ I was like, ‘All right.’ I put them on last week for districts, I broke the meet record, got first and set a new PR (personal record) with 5 feet, 3.5 inches.

“I was like, ‘Oh, all right, they are good luck.’ I’m like superstitious and stuff.”

No hocus pocus was needed to get Teter over the 5-2 mark on her first attempt, wrapping up Thursday’s Division II Austintown Regional title.

The rest of the pack, it took more than one attempt, like Streetsboro’s Marra Woods and Akron Manchester’s Alyssa Matheny, who took second and third places, respectively.

Then, there was three jumpers remaining – battling for one spot to state. The top four in each final advance to next week’s state meet in Columbus. It was up to Teter’s teammate Brandi Shonce to make her final attempt at 5-2.

The Girard High School junior already missed her first two attempts at 5 feet, 2 inches. If she missed the third one, she would’ve been in a jump off with South Range’s Andrea Oliver and Struthers’ Holly Kane, who were at 5-0. The likelihood of Shonce advancing to state – grabbing one of the top four spots – was slim and none if she went to a jump off.

Shonce lifted off, made it over the bar and on to the big blue mat below. She quickly bolted off and made a beeline to her family for some hugs.

“I made it and I was really happy. I ran over here and hugged my family. I cried tears of joy,” Shonce said.

Teter said she couldn’t be happier, but her teammate had enough enthusiasm for both of them.

“I didn’t want to go to state by myself,” Teter said. “I was like, ‘She has to make it. I don’t want to go by myself.’ When she made it, ‘I was like, yes.’ I was happy. Then, she came over and tackled me. I was like, ‘Oh, all right.'”

Shonce saw the power of the mystical green, neon socks. Looks like somebody might be going shopping.

“I might have to invest in the green socks. We’ll see,” she said.

TRIFECTA OF LOCALS: Garfield’s Edith Svonavec won the girls shot put (41-0.5). Newton Falls’ Tia Harris took third (38-5.5) and Struthers’ Lynnea Mims took fourth (37-10).

OTHERS: Cardinal Mooney’s Dante Penza placed fourth in the discus (148-3). … Girard leads St. Vincent-St. Mary and Garfield in the girls standings, 15 to 10. Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy leads United in the boys standings, 19 to 16. … Saturday’s field events begin at 11:30 a.m., while the running starts at 12:30 p.m.