The Austintown Fitch track and field team qualified a record number of 20 athletes, 10 girls and 10 boys, to the Ohio Indoor Track & Field State Championships, on Saturday, March 17th at Akron University.
The boys had a great day in Akron taking third place overall behind perennial strongholds St. Edward, first place, and Cleveland Heights, second. Jay Jakovina captured first place in high jump with leaps of 6 feet, 10 inches and 6 feet, 8 inches. Teammate Sam Ortz came in behind him at sixth, jumping 6-2 and 6-4. The 4x200 relay team of Daniel Rivera, Rob Venters, Ty'Reese Anderson and Tarise Wolfe ran to second place in a time 1.30.14. The 4x400 relay team took sixth place in 3.27.62 with Jay Jakovina, Rivera, Venters and Andrew Dunn. Billy Price garnered sixth place in shot put and second place in weight throw. Dave Anzelmo came in 11th place in weight throw.
For the ladies, the team took fourth place overall behind winner Solon, second-place Medina and third-place Shaker Heights. The day's big winner was Gabby Figueroa who took first place in weight throw with a record throw of 55 feet, 5 inches, breaking fellow Fitch alum Ali Tolich's 49-11 record from 2010. Teammate Jasmine Washington came in behind her in seventh place. Carissa Jenkins captured fifth place with a time of 5:14.50 in the 1600-meter run. The 4x400 meter relay team of Jenkins, Ebony Davis, Jayme Ritchie and Elizabeth Mosier took eighth place at 4.07.32. In the 4x200 relay, the team of Amber Brown, Davis, Ritchie, and Jenna Yacavone raced to fifth place in 1.45.15. Also qualifying for the tournament, but not placing, was Paige Henley in high jump.