Olivia Chinn may only be a sophomore, but she competes like a seasoned distance runner for the Ravenna Ravens.
In the past four meets, Chinn competed in the 800 meters, 1,600 meters, 3,200 meters and the 4x800 relay and walked away with eight first-place finishes.
Chinn already proved her abilities in the distance races last fall, advancing to the OHSAA Division II state cross country meet and crossing the finish line in 73rd place with a time of 20:04.28. It was a solid meet for a sophomore among the 145 state qualifiers competing at the National Trail Raceway.
Her best time in the 3,200 meters this season is 11:56.20, set last Tuesday in a triangular meet with Kent Roosevelt and Springfield, but her times have consistently improved in the 3,200 throughout the season, improving by just shy of one minute since April 9.
Her win in the 1,600 meters at the Valkyrie Invitational at Ravenna Stadium was her fastest time in that distance, running a 5:23.
Chinn is one of the runners to watch this season and throughout her high school career.
ANOTHER MEET, ANOTHER RECORD
The annual East Palestine Relays were held at Reid Memorial Stadium in East Palestine this weekend. Rootstown joined seven additional teams for the event that featured both boys and girls events.
The Rover boys finished second while the Rootstown girls topped out in third place, but the highlight of the event was the new meet record set by the Rovers' David Paliscak and Alex Hluch in the shot put.
The original record, held by the Waterloo Vikings, was a combined two-person total of 99-11.50. Paliscak tossed the put 59-1 and Hluch added a throw of 46-9.75 for a combined total of 105-10.75.
Both the Rovers' boys and girls 1,600 teams won their respective events. Jazzmine Hardges, Jacqueline Moss, Jenny Janovick and Erin Housely ran a time of 24:43.63; while Evan Ferrell, Matt Colpo, Keith Begue and William Morgan finished with a winning time of 19:54.71.
The Rovers' Sydney Grass, Katelin Kays, Autumn Reddick and Emily Pattie also topped the leaderboard for the 4x100-meter shuttle hurdles with a time of 1:12.09.
Morgan was a champion again along with teammates Andrew Mazur, Begue and Ferrell in the 4x800-meter relay.
VICTORIES IN DOYLESTOWN
The Waterloo boys and girls traveled to the Ernie Moore Invitational at Doylestown Memorial Stadium on Friday. Emily Luli, competing in her senior season for the Vikings girls, won the 800 meterS with a time of 2:30.8. Luli's time was two seconds better than her nearest competitor from Chippewa.
Waterloo's McKenzie Sparks also jumped her way to a first-place finish, traveling 16-1.50 in the long jump. Sparks is a sophomore this season.
The Bulldogs traveled to the Triway Invite on Saturday, with the boys finishing in third place and the girls in eighth.
Woodridge's Matt Wojcik won the 3,200 meters with a time of 9:53.90, beating Cully Gordon of West Holmes by one second.
Wojcik was also a member of the winning 3,200-meter team that included John Harry, Sam Scourfield and Tim Faiken.
PTC TRACK MEET
The Portage Trail Conference Championship Meet, Metro and County divisions for both boys and girls, is set for May 15 and 17.
Watch for additional information and plan on attending this event to see the best of Portage County competing.