by Steve Batko | Correspondent
It's the start of the most important part of the season and senior Marra Woods led the way.
Woods helped the Streetsboro girls track and field team place third with 100 points in the Portage Trail Conference County Division Championships, which concluded May 16 at Ravenna Stadium.
Woodridge won its ninth consecutive County Division championship by outscoring Rootstown 164-113.5.
A total of seven teams participated n the meet.
Woodridge scored two girls in every event. Kent State University recruit Madison Spreitzer led all conference scorers with 28.5 points.
"We knew Woodridge would be strong, but Marra had a phenomenal meet for us," Rockets head coach Tom Fesemyer said. "We really had some exceptional performers."
With a school-record jump of 5 feet, 4.5 inches, Woods won the high-jump championship.
In a jump-off against Rootstown's Courtney Brown, Woods and Brown went after each other, but Woods cleared her height .
Brown managed a 5-3 leap. Brown had a 5-2 seed jump along with Woods.
Woods also won the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.08 seconds, plus helped both sprint relays to titles.
"Marra did a great job to get the school record and beat Brown," Fesemyer said. "We elected to go for the school record that Marra had tied last year."
The 800 relay team won a title with a time of 1:47, besting Woodridge (1:47.65). That time also is a school record. This quartet had senior Kailyn Williams, sophomore McMiller, freshman Savannah Nevels and Woods.
Senior Destiny King won the 100-meter hurdles championship and broke the meet record in the process. King's time was 15.49 seconds. She beat Woodridge standout Aijah Albert (15.59).
"Destiny ran well in the hurdles and she's a senior leader for us," Fesemyer said.
King also won the long-jump crown with a leap of 16 feet, .25 of an inch.
McMiller had a strong meet as she ran second in the 100 with a time of 13.23. McMiller also was a runner-up in the 300 hurdles in a season-best 49.64 seconds.
"Delisha [McMiller] is starting to really blossom," Fesemyer said. "She was close on some races and ran her best ever in the 300 hurdles. She was a lean away from a win."
Streetsboro's other postseason threat, the 400-relay, also won a crown with a 50.44. This cast included King, McMiller, Williams and Woods.
Fesemyer saw his 3,200 relay finish fifth at 11:07.02. This cast included juniors Ewelina Siwik, Madison Westerh and Meghan Westerh and senior Megan Melice.
Streetsboro's 1,600 relay placed fifth in 4:34.88 with freshmen Brandi Susteric, Jayana Taylor and Aajah Chapman and Melice.
Chapman ran fifth in the 400 race in 1:06.07, while Nevels ran fifth in the 200 in 28.16
Meghan Westerh ran sixth in the 3,200 in 13:17.41, while Madison Westerh ran eighth in the 1,600 in 6:06.45. Nevels ran seventh in the 100 (13.5) and eighth in the 400 (1:08.68).
Freshman Autumn Meek added an eighth-place throw of 32-7.25 in the shot put.
The Rockets are scheduled to run in the Cortland Lakeview Division II District meet May 22 (4 p.m.) and 24 (10 a.m.).
"We have some individuals who can move forward to regionals, but we need to perform," Fesemyer said. "I'd love to see both sprint relays make it to regionals."