North seniors Emily Semick and Ryan Volk aren’t in a hurry to close out their high school track careers.
Both Semick and Volk extended their seasons by at least one more week when they earned second-place finishes in their respective events at the Division I Riverside District track meet and will compete later this week in the Austintown Regional.
“It is pretty exciting being able to extend my season by a week since it’s my senior year,” said Semick, who was second in the discus. “I didn’t want my last season to end so quickly so I am very excited.”
Semick threw the discus 114-feet, 5-inches to qualify.
“I was not very satisfied with my distance at districts because I know that I am very capable of throwing way further and I also know that I am capable of having way better form,” she said. “For regionals this week, I will be practicing all week with my coach on form and perfecting my technique. My goal this year is to make it to states, so this is very important to me.”
Volk placed second in both the shot put and discus.
“It was very exciting to continue my season, especially since it’s my last season and the fact that not many kids get the chance to go to regionals,” he said.
He tossed the shot 47-feet, 11-inches and flung the discus 139-feet, 9-inches and, like his teammate, knows he has the potential to add distance to both of his throws.
“I was not satisfied with either of my throws,” he said. “I know that I can improve many things for both shot and discus. Hopefully, I can execute those improvements next week.”
Volk’s shot put approached his personal record. He hopes to surpass that PR at the regional meet.
“I think my best event for districts was shot,” he said. “Not only did I throw closer to my PR, but I felt my form was the best that it has been. I am going to approach regionals like I have every single meet and invitational: listen to my coaches, make small changes to my form, and hope to perform at the highest level.”
Several other Rangers finished among the top eight at the district meet.
Senior Clara Maruna placed fifth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.87 seconds and also placed sixth in the long jump when she cleared 15-feet, 11 ¼-inches. Senior McKenna Payne placed eighth in the 100 (14.11), junior Abigale Zappola finished sixth in the high jump (5-0), and junior Michael Schiciano ran a time of 52.67 to place sixth in the 400-meter dash.
Juniors Lawrence Lawson, Dominick Marciante, and Maurice Morgan, and sophomore Curtis Thomas teamed up to place sixth in the 4×100-meter relay with a time of 44.22 seconds.