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Cindy Fesemyer could not have been prouder of the Southeast Pirates, earning their first PTC County Division Track and Field Championship Friday at Crestwood's Jack Lambert Stadium.
"Everyone had a job to do, they did their job and they did it with confidence," said Fesemyer about her young team led by several talented seniors.
It was a total team effort as only Niaja Brokaw took first place individually, with her 5-2 winner in the high jump. The Pirates' 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 relays also finished in first place, but Southeast accumulated the bulk of its 159 points taking second and third place in many events.
"This is a very competitive group of girls who rely on each other," Fesemyer said.
Singling out a few key performances, Fesemyer recognized senior Gabby Fleming for finishing second in the 100-meter dash, as well as sophomore Julia LaChance and freshman Gia Venuto for earning second and third, respectively, in the 1600-meter run. She added that freshman Allissa Pow captured second in the long jump, with Brokaw taking third.
Continuing the consistent scoring for Southeast, Riley Myers placed second in the 300-meter hurdles and Hannah Schill took second in the 800-meter run.
"Our girls had their personal best efforts in almost every event, including all four relays," Fesemyer said. "These girls are willing to find a way to win. It is such a pleasure to coach them."
The Pirates' talented group of girls do not just focus on track and field.
Brittany Bolevich, Carol Foster, Hannah Riffle and Pow were all on Southeast's championship girls soccer team, while Bolevich, Riffle and Schill all competed on the PTC championship basketball team.
"I am so proud of the team's accomplishments," Fesemyer said.
Southeast didn't just win the PTC. The Pirates left no doubt that they should be the champions, winning by 48 points over runner-up Crestwood.
Now it's onto the Salem District track and field meet this week where the Pirates look to continue their team success.
The Woodridge Bulldogs have been the class of the PTC for many years, whether they are in the County Division or the Metro Division, with their boys and girls teams winning championship after championship.
Little has changed in that regard, with the Bulldogs boys and girls both winning the Metro.
Congratulations to Woodridge, as well as the Crestwood boys, for earning banners to hang in their gymnasiums as the best teams in this season's PTC.
THE NEXT STEP
PTC teams, as well as the other track and field teams in Portage County, now begin their postseason tournament action with district tournaments beginning this week.
In Division II:
Joining Southeast at Salem this week are Coventry, Field and Norton.
The Cloverleaf Colts take their talents to Orrville along with the Springfield Spartans.
Woodridge is the lone team in Division II at Bedford.
Ravenna, Crestwood, Streetsboro and Garfield all make their way to Lakeview High School in Cortland.
In Division I:
Aurora and Kent Roosevelt head to Austintown Fitch for their district match-ups.
In Division III:
Mogadore, Rootstown, Waterloo and Windham travel to Norwayne High School in Creston.
For details on dates, visit www.baumspage.com or watch the Record-Courier's sports calendar.
Nine current and former Rootstown track and field stars gathered to present Kyle Rodstrom with a plaque thanking him for his 10 years as the girls track and field coach.
Since Rodstrom became head coach, 10 of his athletes continued to compete at the collegiate level. Three seniors this season have committed to compete in college.
Rodstrom has always encouraged the girls to believe they can continue to compete at the next level as he instills a passion for the sport.
Rootstown girls track and field athletes continuing to the collegiate level, with their graduation year and college, include:
Erica Debos, 2009 Defiance
Rebecca Wise 2011 Muskingum
Victoria Konkle 2012 Otterbein
Ashleigh Pickens 2012 Cincinnati
Dawn Freeland 2013 Findlay
Courtney Brown 2016 Tiffin
Sonnie Sauvinsky 2016 Cuyahoga Community College
Emma Burns 2017 Otterbein
Tawnie Vair 2017 Notre Dame Cleveland
Abby Moore 2017 Ohio University