McDonald girls flying high
CORTLAND – Jai’Lyn Mosley took a couple of twists around the throwing circle and let the metallic object laying in her hand take flight.
Tuesday, Mosley repeated as girls discus champion at the Trumbull County Track and Field Meet with a throw of 142 feet, 5 inches.
“I’m happy, but I wish I could’ve done better,” Mosley said at Don Richards Stadium on the Lakeview High School campus.
Considering Saturday’s throw of 157-5 at the Optimist Meet in Austintown, it’s no wonder. Saturday’s mark beat Alexis Gray of Solon (156-4). The two currently have the two best throws in the state heading into Tuesday’s competition.
“It was an out-of-nowhere throw. It’s one of those throws where everything goes good,” Mosley said.
Mosley’s teammate, Tory Ross, knew her first two throws at the Optimist weren’t what she expected.
“I didn’t have that good of a mark on the board,” said Ross, who finished second on Tuesday behind Mosley with (134-3). “I said, ‘I need to get it together.’ I got it in my zone and got focused. I did what I needed to do.”
Saturday, she popped off a 141-6 in the discus.
Both throws on Saturday were personal bests for Mosley and Ross.
“Anytime that happens, it’s a special thing,” said McDonald girls coach Mary Domitrovich, whose team is leading the Trumbull County Meet with 29 points. “For both of them to do that on that stage, I think that should hopefully help their confidence going into the postseason.”
Girard (27), Warren G. Harding (24) and Lakeview (21) all trail McDonald, the defending county champion, in the team standings.
As for Mosley and Ross, their focus is to get back to state. Domitrovich wants to keep that road free of as many potholes as possible.
“Try to keep the atmosphere light and just feed to them, ‘You’ve done this so many times before, stay true to who you are, what you’ve learned, what you’ve done,’ ” Domitrovich said. “You have the resume to back it up. Just be confident, that quiet confidence, go in there and still be hungry for it.'”
GETTING REVENGE: Howland’s 4×800 girls relay team has had its fill of McDonald and Maplewood distance runners.
Tuesday, the Tigers took care of business with a 10:04.37 – winning Howland’s first 4×800 since 2009.
McDonald edged out Howland for this season’s Trumbull County Cross Country Championship. This time, the Blue Devils took second in the 4×800 with 10:10.34.
McDonald won last year’s 4×800 and Maplewood took the three previous titles.
“Between cross country and track in this county, they are our biggest rivals. Beating them definitely feels good,” Howland’s Taylor Craigo said.
Craigo, Howland’s anchor, said Christian Carr, a converted sprinter into an 800 runner, was the Tigers’ secret weapon.
“We all had (personal records) or close to (personal records) and it was a great race,” Craigo said.
THREE STRAIGHT: Maplewood’s boys 4×800 and Badger’s Leah Blaney won their third straight Trumbull County titles.
Maplewood’s team of Jake Hall, Solomon Yoder, Tristan Dahmen and Derek Morrison ran a season-best 8:13.66. Morrison and Yoder have been on all three county winning teams.
In that boys 4×800 race, it was a race for second – taken by McDonald’s Bobby Johnson, who held off Champion’s Nick Mackey. Lakeview and Howland followed right behind. Places two through five were separated by 3 seconds.
Blaney beat out Warren G. Harding’s Justice Richardson in the girls long jump. Blaney jumped 16-11.75 to Richardson’s 16-9.
Blaney’s jump was her best out of all three of her Trumbull County wins.
OTHERS: Warren G. Harding’s James Daniels won the boys shot put (54-0.25). … Howland’s TK Fortson took the boys high jump (6-2). … Girard’s Caitlyn Trebella won the girls pole vault (9-0), a meet record. … Lakeview’s Jarrett Pishotti won the boys pole vault (10-6). … McDonald’s boys has a sizeable lead over Howland, 40-26. Lakeview is third (25) and Warren G. Harding is fourth (18). … Harding’s 4×200 relay of Gariana Bercheni, Chyna Stroud, Nautica Hill and Richardson ran 1:42.80 in the semifinals, breaking a stadium and meet record set by WGH in 2011. … The conclusion of the meet is Thursday, starting at 4:30 p.m. The field events begin at 4:30, while the running events start at 5 p.m.