AMHERST - It`s been a long time coming, but the wait was well worth it for Josh Price.
The North Olmsted senior won the boys long jump title at Wednesday`s Division I regional track meet at Richard S. Cooley Track. Price jumped 22 feet, 8Â¼ inches to defeat defending champ Shaun Joplin of Sylvania Southview (22-3Â¾).
A year ago, Price fouled five of six jumps and missed qualifying to state by a quarter of an inch. He was fifth with a mark of 22-3.
Things didn`t start out well Wednesday either as Price fouled his first attempt.
"I was a little worried that this was a repeat of last year," Price said. "I moved back my next approach, attacked the board and it turned out to be my best jump of the day."
Price beat two 24-foot jumpers to win it: Joplin (24-0) and Toledo Rogers senior Erik Kynard (24-3), the latter a no-show.
"I didn`t expect to win it," Price said. "It feels awesome. It`s incredible. I can`t believe that I`m going to state."
Shaniqua Ogle`s dreams - a ticket to the state meet - were also golden -- and came true. She also got a meal out of the deal.
The Southview sophomore was ecstatic almost beyond words after finishing second in shot put with a career-record throw of 41-3Â¾.
"It hasn`t totally sunk in yet, but I know it`s going to get there," Ogle said. "I`m excited because I was two places away (from qualifying) last year. I`m now second going to state as a sophomore. I`m speechless. I really don`t even know what to say."
Defending champ Shatora Lewis of Toledo Scott was the class of the field, winning the competition with a throw of 42-11.
Ogle put herself in great position by taking the No. 2 spot into finals (40-11Â¾). She then launched her best throw of the day in the first round of finals.
"I just did what my coach told me do. Good technique works," Ogle said. "I felt very confident today. I was ready to throw. No games, ready to throw."
Was it all just about qualifying to state? Well, not quite.
"My coach said that if I make 40 feet, we get Red Lobster," Ogle said. "That`s what I was trying to do."
It was Ogle`s first time over 40 feet. Her previous best was 39-6, which came the first weekend of the season at the Avon Lake Invitational.
"After just missing last year, I knew I wasn`t going to let it slip through my fingertips again," Ogle said.
Amherst senior Adam Kalivoda earned his second straight ticket to the state meet, finishing second in boys pole. Both Kalivoda and Brecksville senior Mike Stine cleared 14-8, but Stine won it outright based on fewer misses.
Kalivoda dodged a bullet at 14-4, clearing on his third and final try. A miss at that height would have left him in fifth place.
"I brushed the bar at 14-4, so I was very lucky," Kalivoda said. "That was a clutch vault. It was just a matter of buckling down.
"My warm-ups were awful today. I was getting very frustrated, but my coach (Alan Rourke) kept my spirits up. Things turned around and now I`m going to state."
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1. tie - St. Ignatius and Toledo St. John, 18; 3. Midpark, 16; 4. North Olmsted, 15; 5. Amherst, 12; 6. tie - Brecksville and Medina, 10; 8. Revere and Sylvania Southview, 7; 10. Toledo Bowsher, 6Â½; 11. Berea, 6.
Top 4 finishers advance to state meet, June 5-6
3,200-meter relay: 1. Medina (Hunter Heaton, Brendan Bryant-Dodson, Evan McKee, Donny Roys), 7:49.86; 2. St. Ignatius, 7:50.62; 3. Toledo St. John, 7:53.12; 4. Oregon Clay, 7:55.66; 12. North Olmsted (Danny Bullard, John Rodriguez, James Zarycki, Jake Stieger), 8:12.48.
Discus: 1. Cody Riffle (Toledo St. John), 187-5 (MEET RECORD, old record 186-5 set in 1996 by Lexington`s Mark Simmons); 2. Bobby Grace (Midpark), 159-7; 3. Conner Neu (Midpark), 157-10; 4. John Taylor (North Olmsted), 150-0.
Long jump: 1. Josh Price (North Olmsted), 22-8Â¼; 2. Shaun Joplin (Sylvania Southview), 22-3Â¾; 3. Cortland Clements (Berea), 22-1Â¼; 4. Mike Minjock (St. Ignatius), 22-0Â¼; 13. Rodney Dukes (North Olmsted), 19-11.
Pole vault: 1. Mike Stine (Brecksville), 14-8; 2. Adam Kalivoda (Amherst), 14-8; 3. tie - Daniel Hardin-Wallace (Toledo Bowsher) and Andrew Risser (Lima Shawnee), 14-4; 8. Matt Zvosec (Amherst), 13-8; 9. Matt Stenger (Olmsted Falls), 13-4.
1. Medina, 15; 2. tie - Magnificat and Toledo Scott, 10; 4. tie - Lorain Southview, Findlay and Anthony Wayne, 10; 7. tie - Westlake, Fremont Ross, Medina Highland and Toledo Central Catholic, 6; 13. Elyria, 5, 15. Avon Lake, 3; 16. Amherst, 1.
Top 4 finishers advance to state meet, June 5-6
3,200-meter relay: 1. Magnificat (Erin Riley, Mary Whitmore, Katherine Stultz, Madeline Chambers), 9:07.20 (MEET RECORD, old record 9:10.03 set in 2003 by Beaumont); 2. Findlay, 9:17.93; 3. Medina Highland, 9:18.06; 4. Medina, 9:18.15; 6. Avon Lake (Miranda Weed, Taylor Nedrich, Melissa Hayton, Katy Link), 9:32.82; 16. Amherst (Kasey Schuler, Jane Lehman, Carrie Kurish, Erica Kelly), 9:48.59.
High jump: 1. Taylor Burke (Medina), 5-8Â¼ (MEET RECORD, old record 5-8 set in 1989 by Magnificat`s Elizabeth Tigue); 2. Udoka Okoro (Anthony Wayne), 5-2; 3. Kalpana Beach (Westlake), 5-2; 4. Renee McKee (Midpark), 5-2.
Shot put: 1. Shatora Lewis (Toledo Scott), 42-11; 2. Shaniqua Ogle (Lorain Southview), 41-3 Â¾; 3. Victoria Logan (Fremont Ross), 40-9; 4. Maya Brown (Tiffin Columbian), 38-0; 5. Brittnae Isom (Elyria), 36-10; 8. Katie Schuster (Amherst), 35-31/2