By VINCE PELUSO
Geneva girls track coach Bobby McQuoid admittedly didn’t know what he had in the 2013 Eagles track team.
“We graduated a few seniors last year that were all significant point scorers, all multiple event girls,” he said. “I knew we had a couple good ones coming back, but I didn’t anticipate the freshmen class being this good. They’ve been huge point scorers for us.”
Geneva knows what it has now as the Eagles finished second at the Division I Austintown district, scoring 104.5 points, nearly 40 points clear of third-place Boardman. Austintown Fitch won the district with 128 points.
Geneva got first-place finishes from freshman Ally Thompson in the pole vault with a vault of 10-feet, the 1600-meter relay, the 800-meter relay and Emily Deering in the 400.
“I knew we would do OK, but being such a tough district, I didn’t know we’d do that well,” McQuoid said. “I knew we had some potential, but we had some really good performances.
“We went 1-2 in the pole vault and the 400 which was a total surprise.”
Deering ran a 59.64 in the 400 to best Geneva teammate Haile VanHoy, who finished in 1:01.10.
The 1600 relay team of Alexia Russell, VanHoy, Emily O’Dell and Deering finished first with a time of 4:06.10.
In the 800 relay, Thompson, VanHoy, Russell and Deering finished first with a time of 1:45.01.
“We had a lot of depth today,” McQuoid said. “A lot of girls didn’t qualify for regionals, but took fifth place, so they were up there scoring points and that’s pretty big.”
As tough as the Austintown district is, Geneva will return to Austintown for the even more-difficult regional next week.
“It is a really tough region, one of the tougher ones in Ohio, so we know what we’ll be up against,” he said. “We’ll use that knowledge as a tool to squeeze out the best performance we can. We hope to sneak in a spot where we can qualify and that will be great.
“We know what we’re up against, we just have to step up our level and have a good performance.”
Also at Austintown, Lakeside senior Otiose Conel advanced to regionals with a second-place finish in the 400, running the race in 51.24.