By Colin Harris | Staff writer
COLUMBUS -- Rootstown dominated the podium at the OHSAA State Track & Field Championship during Friday's throwing events, but Saturday presented an opportunity for a couple of other schools to make their mark.
Garfield sophomore Edie Svonavec and Crestwood senior Matt Monroe each earned All-Ohio honors on Saturday, making the podium in the Division II shot put and discus, respectively, at Ohio State's Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Svonavec -- the lone sophomore to make the state podium in the event -- cashed in on her second-to-last shot put throw with a best toss of 45-91⁄2 to place second in the state.
The mark was a PR and school record for Svonavec, but also puts her in the running for one of the best girls shot put throws in Portage County history.
Svonavec's previous best throw was a 44-3 toss at a tri-meet between Mogadore, Rootstown and Garfield. Her regional qualifying throw last weekend was 41 feet, 7 inches.
"I definitely could have done better," Svonavec said. "I'm not mad about this or anything at all because I'll take second from fourth place last year."
Svonavec said that her experience as a freshman at last year's meet aided her as she prepared to go into the circle this season.
"Last year, I thought I was going (to underperform) going into state," Svonavec said. "So finishing fourth really helped my confidence. Knowing what I was going to experience really helped out a lot."
Monroe made his first -- and last -- trip to state this season and made good on his opportunity with an eighth-place throw of 161-0 in the discus.
First place overall went to University of Notre Dame-bound Anthony Shrivers of Salem, who hurled a monumental toss of 203-2.
As for Monroe, the Youngstown State University-bound thrower said that he felt like he could have climbed a little higher on the podium.
"I'm happy with my performance, but I know I could have done better," Monroe said. "I had been throwing in the 170s recently in practice."
Monroe said that his current plan is to throw discus for the Penguins, with the possibility of the weight and hammer throw once he reports to campus.