Sunday, May 28, 2000

Colerain girls first to win Division I track regional

800 meter event key to victory

By Dave Schutte and John Schutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        When Alison Zeinner heard the team standings announced while running the 3200 meters, the Colerain senior reached down for a little extra.

        “We were only five points behind (46-41) and I knew I had to place,” Zeinner said. “I only finished third, but I hope it was enough to help the team.”

        The Cardinals amassed 56 points to claim the school's first Division I regional championship, a first for a Cincinnati-area girls team.Wilmington was second with 47 points.

        “The 800 meters was the key when we finished one-two to pick up 18 points,” coach Ron Russo said.

        Russo was referring to sophomore Melissa Miller and senior Jennifer Limle.

        Running about 20 meters off the pace with 400 remaining, Miller took the lead at the 200-meter mark and didn't looked back. Limle got out and followed Miller, passing four runners to take second.

        “This is only the second 800 I've run this year,” Miller said. “I felt a little tired after 400 but told myself there was only one lap to go. I started to kick with 200 meters remaining.”

        Miller's time of 2:16.09 was the best of the season.

        ZINN WINS 2: Lakota East junior Lindsay Zinn finally achieved the goal of running the 1600 meters under five minutes.

        Zinn ran the mile in 4:55.55, a personal and school record. She re turned an hour later and easily won the 3200 meters in 10:53.47.

        “It wasn't that easy,” Zinn said. “I went out 2:23 (first 800 meters) and I knew I was on target to break five minutes.”

        Zinn plans to run both events at the state meet.

        SHOT PUT CHAMP: Mercy junior Jenni Leesman proved to be the best in the Division I shot put, capturing the regional title with a throw of 42 feet, 6 inches.

        COACH KNEW BEST: Withrow's Fred Willis predicted a great Division I regional for Stevanne Spivery, and the Tigers' veteran coach was on the mark.

        Besides winning the Division I regional championship in the 200 and 400, Spivery took third in the 100 hurdles.

        My time in the 400 (55.78) is a personal best,” Spivery said. “I believed in myself today. Coach has been pushing me and I had to win.”

        NO STRATEGY: Walnut Hill's Amanda Mullins-Hall was in top form in the 100 hurdles, winning in 14.63.

        “I was third at state last year in 14.4 which is my personal best,” Mullins-Hall said. “There's not strategy in this race. I just go out hard and try to win.”

        DIVISION II: Wyoming senior Robin Fulton, the 14th and final Fulton child, had a career day Saturday afternoon at the Division II regional track meet at Dayton's Welcome Stadium.

        Fulton entered her senior season having never won a regional championship. Saturday she walked away with three championship and a second place finish to qualify to state in four events.

        "I cant believe this, its amazing to win three events,” Fulton said, "I really want to close out my career with a state title.'

        Fulton's best chance may come in the 4X400 relay. Fulton team with Lola Omoyosi, Elizabeth Shelleby and Julie Knapke to set a regional and school record of 3:57.15, shattering the mark set last year by Miami East (3:59.19).

        STATE OR NOTHING: Sophomore Sara Wertman was a surprising state qualifier from Ross High School. Wertman cleared 5-foot-2-inches, a tie for her personal best, in the high jump to finish second.

        “I took a big risk and skipped the first jump,” Wertman said, “Me and my coach agreed it was state or nothing.”

        Wertman has improved her jump by five inches during the season.

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