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Michael Picone of Crestwood was honored with the Ralph Quisenberry Outstanding Male Athlete Award from the Greater Portage Track Officials Association at its annual banquet held on June 5 at Longhitano's in Kent.
Picone captured the 100 meters, 200 meters and 400 meters, and also anchored the Red Devils' winning 4x200-meter relay team at the 2017 Portage Trail Conference County Division Championships. He also anchored Crestwood's PTC champion 4x200 relay team as a junior. Picone qualified for the Austintown Regional the past two seasons, and closed his high school track and field career by finishing eighth in the 100 meters and seventh in the 200 meters in Austintown this spring.
Picone also qualified for the OATCC Indoor Championships this spring at the University of Akron in the 60 meters and the 200 meters. He was captain of the Crestwood track team the past two seasons, and was an eight-time scholar-athlete.
Picone graduated from Crestwood with a 4.1 GPA, and was a member of the National Honor Society and Student Council. He was a recipient of an Honors Diploma and a mentor to freshmen student-athletes. He has participated for three years in the Mantua's annual town clean-up and the One Book One School activity at the local primary school.
Picone has been accepted at Kenyon College, where he will begin classes this fall.
Kayla Thompson of Stow received the Ralph Quisenberry Outstanding Female Athlete Award. As a senior last spring Thompson repeated as long jump champion and finished second in the high hurdles at the Suburban League Championships. She then captured district titles in the 100 high hurdles and long jump in Nordonia, then qualified for the state by taking second in the 100 high hurdles at regionals.
Thompson finished 12th at the state meet in the 100 high hurdles. She leaves Stow as the school record holder in the long jump, and has the third-fastest time in school history in the 100 high hurdles. Thompson graduated from Stow with a 3.792 GPA, and has signed a national letter of intent to continue her academic and athletic careers at Northern Kentucky University.