Aurora’s Roberto 13th in state pole vault

Columbus — Aurora High’s Dominic Roberto ran into a lot of tough competition at the state track meet over the weekend, and placed 13th out of 16 athletes in the Division I boys pole vault.

He cleaned 13-6, but then failed to clear 14 feet even in his three attempts.

Taking the championship was Lucas Kelly of Massillon Perry, who cleared 16-feet-8-inches. Christian Champen of Northmont second runnerup at 16-4 and Robby Oswald of Cincinnati Elder was third at 16 even.

Roberto was Aurora High’s only state meet competitor.

“I learned a lot from the top athletes [pole vaulters] in the state, such as technique,” said Roberto.

He noted that coach Cory Houlahan, as well as former teammate Brian Kinger, influenced him the most. “And Johnny Jacob was there with me the whole season, and we made it to regionals together,” he said.

“Coach [Jay] Price also wouldn’t let anyone slack off, but ultimately that paid off.”

Asked what he learned from the state meet experience, Roberto replied, “It might be an individual sport in that you compete against your own times, height or distance, but track is so much fun when you have the chance to cheer on your teammates.”

Athletes from school districts surrounding Aurora managed to capture a handful of titles.

Streetsboro’s Dakari Carter won the Division II boys 100 dash for the third straight year in Columbus with a time of 10.77.

Garrettsville Garfield’s Lauren Jones took the Division II girls discus title for the second straight year at 151-6, 10 feet further than her 2015 throw.

Other champions from nearby are: Hudson’s Gavin Gaynor in the Division I boys mile run (4:09.24) and Solon’s Clayton Musick in the Division I boys 300 hurdles (38.07).

Cincinnati Withrow won the Division I girls team title with 64 points and St. Ignatius won the boys title with 52 points. Other state champion teams were: St. Clairsville boys and Liberty-Benton in Division II and Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas boys and girls.





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