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Stow-Munroe Falls track and field athlete Maria Cistone is headed to the state meet. After qualifying for the regional meet in the high jump, she set a school record at regionals.
Cistone reached a height of 5-4 in the event at the regional meet on day one of regionals May 24 at Austintown Fitch High School.
Cistone cleared her school-record height of 5-4 on the first day of the event. The effort was good enough for second place. The top four individual finishers and relay teams qualified for the state meet in Columbus.
Cistone held a piece of the previous school standard of 5-3. She and five other athletes had reached that height.
"She jumped great," said Stow head coach Aaron Morris of Cistone. "She only had one miss at 5-3. Five girls made attempts at 5-4 and only four girls make it to the state meet, so we knew she had to make 5-4 or it would come down to tiebreakers. I believe she would have still been third of fourth with tiebreakers, but this was a much better way to qualify. It removed all doubt."
The Lady Bulldogs were tied for fifth place after three complete events on the first day of regionals. All of their eight points were courtesy of Cistone.
Mentor was in first place with 13 points, with Walsh Jesuit and Solon right behind with 10 points apiece.
Stow's Ariana Poteat also competed on the first day of the regional meet. She finished 12th in the 300 intermediate hurdles with a time of 48.36. In addition, Kayla Thompson qualified for the finals of the 100 high hurdles (14.95).
Results from the finals on day two May 26 were not available at press time.
The Division I District Meet took place May 17 and 19 at Boliantz Stadium in Macedonia. Stow finished in fifth place overall with 69 points.
Nordonia won the district championship with 117 points. Twinsburg was second with 93 points, and Hudson finished third with 82 points.
Thompson captured district titles in two individual events. She accomplished the feat in the 100 high hurdles (15.12) and the long jump (17-10).
Poteat also claimed a district crown in the 300 intermediate hurdles (47.19), while Cistone finished second in the high jump (5-feet-2) and Sara Kasper placed second in the pole vault (11 feet).
Thompson was set to compete in the finals of the 100 high hurdles and the long jump May 26.
"I have all the confidence in the world in Kayla Thompson in both of her events," said Morris. "She should be able to qualify to the state meet in both events. She is sitting third in the 100 hurdles and first in the long jump going into Friday. She's in a good position because she doesn't need to do anything that she hasn't already done before in order to qualify. She just needs to compete like she has all season, and the qualifications will take care of themselves."
Kasper, meanwhile, competed in the pole vault May 26.
"The pole vault is a mentally rough event, like the high jump," said Morris. "Anything can happen. Sara shares the fourth position with the Hawkins girl from Green. Sara is very capable of qualifying to the state meet. She has gone 11-4 in the past, and that would do well to help her qualify on Friday."