The prediction came true in Wednesday's preliminaries of

By David Carducci Record-Courier staff writer Published:

The prediction came true in Wednesday's preliminaries of the Kent Division II regional meet at Kent Roosevelt, as both teams qualified for next weekend's state championship in Columbus.

Field advances as the regional champion, outlasting second-place Cleveland Benedictine (8:00.78) and third-place Crestwood (8:01.97) with a winning time of 8:00.75.

"All of the guys _ Mike Hall, Mike Shriner, Nate Hutchinson and Chris Hudik _ ran great," said Field coach Bill Huntington. "Hall didn't have his best split time, but he was close. Shriner, Hudik and Hutchinson all ran their best times of the year."

The Falcons finished more than eight seconds faster than they did last week at the Salem district, when they finished second to Crestwood.

Faix promised his Red Devils team of Nathan McClintock, Eric Berg, Dan Lynch and Nathan Harjung will be ready for the final rematch at Ohio Stadium.

"I'm not surprised at the way the 4x800 turned out," said Faix. "I knew we'd both be there ... and that will make it more fun. If the guys run what I have planned for them _ and they should since they will have seven days to practice _ we'll run a 7:50 down in Columbus. That's what I predict.

"Harjung hadn't been feeling well this week and didn't get much running in. He just plain ran out of gas the last 100 yards or so, and that's not like him. He'll get his edge back and I think he's eager to get started again."

Field senior Jon Norman will get the opportunity to compete in his future home next week.

Norman, who plans to compete in the throwing events for Ohio State next year, qualified for the state meet by finishing fourth in the discus with a throw of 153-0.

"That was Jon's goal all year, to make it down to states," said Huntington. "I'm happy for him. I think he is more experienced, more mature and he's stronger this year, and that helped him."

The Falcons girls 4x400 relay team narrowly missed out on advancing to state, finishing fifth with a time of 9:43.60, just .32 seconds short of West Geauga for the fourth and final qualifying spot.

Despite finishing fifth, Field's team of Kathy Shell, Dawn Hollis, Emily Mars and Michele Moyers set a school record by 11 seconds.

"That is the bittersweet thing about higher levels in track," said Huntington. "You can do great things and still fall a little bit short. I think the girls were disappointed they didn't qualify, but they were also happy with their time. All four girls ran their season-best times."

The Field girls finished the first day of the meet in a three-way tie for 13th place with two points. Cleveland Heights Beaumont School for Girls, Chamberlin and Lorain Clearview share the lead with 10 points.

Boys standings were not available.

Garfield's John Oliver qualified for Friday's finals with the fastest time in the 110 hurdles (14.65) and the second-fastest time in the 300 hurdles (40.30).

Oliver will also run on the G-Men's 4x400 relay team, which finished with the second-fastest qualifying time of 3:26.21 Wednesday.

Kyle McNeail of Tallmadge ran a 15.79 to qualify in the 110 hurdles.

Southeast teammates Dawn Bailey and Bobbi Stewart both advanced to the finals. Bailey qualified in the 300 hurdles with a time of 47.94, while Stewart qualified in the 400 with a 59.95.

Crestwood advanced Jenny Schmidt in the 100 hurdles with a time of 16.46.

Other local qualifiers for Friday's finals include the 4x200 and 4x100 relay teams from Aurora, and the 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams from Tallmadge.

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Kent Roosevelt Division II Regional

(at Kent Roosevelt)

BOYS

Team Standings _ unavailable.

Field Events Finals

(top 4 to state)

POLE VAULT _ unavailable.

DISCUS _ 1. Kiviniemi (Middlefield Cardinal), 159-1;2. Krystowski (Avon), 158-4; 3. Pink (East Palestine), 155-6; 4. Norman (Field), 153-0; 5. Deree (Chagrin Falls), 151-6; 6. Ellyson (Hanoverton United Local), 146-11.

LONG JUMP _ 1. Lacute (Andover Pymatuning Valley), 22-1; 2. Jones (Chamberlin), 21-4; 3. Klein (Lake County Perry), 20-9 3/4; 4. Miller (Ashtabula Edgewood), 20-4 3/4; 5. Talcott (Jefferson), 20 3/4; 6. Cooley (Oberlin Firelands), 19-10 1/2.

Running Events Finals

(top 4 to state)

4x800 RELAY _1. Field, 8:00.75; 2. Cleveland Benedictine, 8:00.78; 3. Crestwood, 8:01.97; 4. Kenston, 8:12.52; 5. Hubbard, 8:13.42; 6. Firelands, 8:15.07.

GIRLS

Team Standings

(after 3 events)

1. (tie) Cleveland Heights Beaumont School for Girls, Chamberlin, Lorain Clearview, 10; 4. (tie) Youngstown Cardinal Mooney, Gates Mills Hawken School, Walsh Jesuit, 8; 7. (tie) Chagrin Falls, Marlington, Lake County Perry, 6; 10. (tie) Mentor Lake Catholic, Revere, West Geauga, 4; 13. (tie) Field, Oberlin Firelands, West Branch, 2; 16. (tie) Conneaut, Cortland Lakeview, Rocky River, 1.

Field Events Finals

(top 4 to state)

SHOT PUT _ 1. Beacham (Cham), 41-1; 2. Lewis (CM), 40-11 3/4; 3. Carson (CF), 39-9; 4. Bickett (Rev), 39-1; 5. Close (WB), 38-8 1/4; 6. Williams (RR), 37-5 3/4.

HIGH JUMP _1. Cofield (Cle), 5-6; 2. Varga (Wal), 5-4; 3. Paumier (Mar), 5-4; 4. Urban (LC), 5-2; 5. Anna Ruth (Fir), Jessica Wran (Lak), 5-0.

Running Events Finals

(top 4 to state)

4x800 RELAY _ 1. Beaumont, 9:16.11; 2. Hawken, 9:34.36; 3. Perry, 9:37.96; 4. West Geauga, 9:42.28; 5. Field, 9:43.60; 6. Conneaut, 9:50.65.

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