BY ANDY ROWER | MIRROR SPORTS — Senior Sam LaChapelle and freshman Jolie Sobb represented Maumee at their respective regional track meets last week.
Sobb tied for seventh place in the high jump event at the Division II meet at Piqua with a height of 4 feet, 10 inches.
Sobb was one of only five competitors to clear the 4-6, 4-8 and 4-10 marks on their first tries (three others didn’t enter the competition until 4-8), but she failed to make the 5-0 barrier in three attempts.
Archbishop McNicholas junior Rachel Jeffries (eventually cleared 5-5), Mariemont senior Marin Valentine (5-4), Milton-Union junior Ally Lyons (5-3), Benjamin Logan senior Madison Manns (5-3), Goshen junior Morgan Horr (5-3) and Carroll senior Annie Bete (5-1) were the only athletes to manage the feat.
Sobb ended up tying Chaminade Julienne senior Zoe Shrewsbury, Carroll junior Amelia Harlow, Elida sophomore Jaeanna Hughes and Oakwood freshman Sarah Casebere.
She bettered five others, including two seniors, a junior, a sophomore and a freshman.
Sobb was one of only five underclassmen and three freshmen to qualify for the Piqua regional.
LaChapelle’s time of 51.37 enabled him to place fifth in his preliminary heat and 11th overall in the 400-meter dash at the Division I Amherst meet.
Medina junior Michael Kelly turned in the top preliminaries time with a 48.78 and the last time to qualify for the finals was a 50.98.
LaChapelle would have qualified for the Piqua regional finals with a sixth-place preliminaries time had the Panthers boys team also been assigned to Division II this year.