Marinna Atanmo, Hannah Siudak, girls track & field athletes to watch – Record-Courier

Marinna Atanmo, Hannah Siudak, girls track & field athletes to watch  Record-Courier

Here are 12 girls track and field athletes to watch in Portage County as the postseason begins:

Hannah Siudak (Field)

The Falcons senior was one of Portage County’s breakout stars last season, finishing second in the Division II state 300 hurdles (with a time of 44.56). Siudak was also a key part of the Field 4×400 that took fourth in the state, a display of her versatility and ability as a sprinter as well as a hurdler. Siudak should be plenty ready for the postseason after two tremendous battles against Woodridge’s Anna Rorrer, another state placer, at the MAC Championships, where they split the hurdles titles.

Marinna Atanmo (Rootstown)

She was already a Portage Trail Conference Runner of the Year as a sprinter. When the Rovers senior found the hurdles, she quickly became one of the very best in the state, including a third-place finish in the 300 hurdles at last year’s Division III state meet. Last year, she was just running the 300 in her newfound skill. Now, she’s running the 100 as well and should be considered a contender in both hurdles (not to mention the 100-meter dash, which she also qualified for state in last season).

Morgan Schmitt (Aurora)

Bouncing back from injuries earlier in her career, Schmitt made a name for herself during the fall as a cross-country star. Well, the spring has echoed the fall, including Schmitt winning Suburban American titles in the 1600 (by a margin of more than nine seconds) and the 3200 (by more than 26 seconds).

Zoe Turner (Garfield)

Turner seeks to write a different tale in Lakeview this season after she had to scratch out of the 200 and 400 finals at last year’s district meet. The G-Men senior certainly has what it takes to advance to Austintown (and perhaps Columbus) this season, after taking home a first-, second- and third-place finish at the MVAC Championship. Turner’s runner-up finish featured arguably her most impressive time as that 27.07 in the 200 would have punched a ticket to Austintown last season.

Ava Mory (Crestwood)

After capturing the 800 (2:28.14) and 1600 (5:36) titles at the Chagrin Valley Conference Valley Division meet, the Red Devils senior was named the league’s runner of the year. Expect Mory to continue Crestwood’s tradition of superb distance runners and to combine with teammates like Abby Guyette and Elaine Guyette to form relays that could make noise in the postseason. 

Lea Parham (Roosevelt)

Parham is an athlete to watch in the hurdles and the sprints. Parham captured the Suburban American championship in the 100 hurdles (with a time of 16.13) and took second in the 300 (47.97). She’s also a solid sprinter (fifth in the Suburban American 100 dash) and high jumper.

Milena Sobie (Streetsboro)

As a freshman trying track and field for the first time, Sobie was a phenom, finishing fifth in the state in the seated 100, 400 and 800. Now, Sobie has had a year to refine her craft (and get superior equipment), and according to coach Robb Kidd, is smashing last year’s times out of the park.

Lauren Tincher (Aurora)

Tincher didn’t just win a number of titles at the Suburban League championship meet. The Greenmen senior set a meet record with her distance of 18-06.75 in the long jump. Tincher also impressed with her second-place finish in the 100-meter dash.

Asya Woods (Windham)

The Bombers junior seeks redemption at Norwayne after earning the top preliminary time in the district 400 before falling to eighth in the finals (and thus missing out on the regional meet). Already, the time Woods put up in winning the Northeastern Athletic Conference 400 (1:01.50) would have been good for third at last year’s district meet. Also watch for Woods to contend in the 200-meter dash after she put up an impressive 27.30 at the league meet.

Emma Rotondo (Field)

From Buzz Kline to Cortney Currey, the Falcons have developed a tradition of sending throwers to the state meet. Rotondo, who took second in the MAC shot put behind only state champion Morgan Hallett of Norton, has a chance to continue that tradition after an impressive 38-10.25 at Portage Community Bank Stadium. Moreover, teammates Emily Davis (2nd, 132-03.00) and Ali Morris (3rd, 120-08.50) appear plenty capable of making a deep run in the discus.

Avonlea Jefferson (Ravenna)

There was no shame in finishing third in the MAC 100 hurdles, not when the Ravens junior had to compete against two of the top hurdlers in the state in Field’s Hannah Siudak and Woodridge’s Anna Rorrer. In fact, Jefferson’s third-place time of 16.39 would have been good for sixth at last year’s regional meet.

Katie Lane (Mogadore)

The Wildcats sophomore has already made state twice in cross country. Now, she hopes to do the same in track and field after winning four titles at the PTC Championships (in the 800, 1600 and 3200 as well as the 4×800). Her time of 5:19.90 in the PTC 1600 would have been good for third at last year’s Perry Regional and a state berth.