Central track teammates punch tickets to state

NAVARRE – Steubenville Catholic Central senior Monica Rigaud just smiled.

It was a really big smile.

She crossed the finish line of the 100 hurdles at the Division III regional championships Friday at Fairless High School and really didn’t know where she finished.

So, she looked up at the results board and waited.

And then, smiled.

The 15.03 clocking was good enough for third place and guaranteed her another trip to the state meet next week at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at Ohio State University.

“I’ve been very, very nervous all day,” she admitted. “I didn’t sleep the night before. I’ve been on the verge of tears the whole time.

“I was so scared, but I was happy the 100 hurdles was first to get it over with and be with the rest of my team for the two relays.

“I was nervous because coach told me there were two girls who were running 14s and I’m still working on breaking 15. I’m so close to doing it. I hope I can at states and I appreciate that I get the chance to do it at states.

“Going back means the world to me. I was excited to be done with track, then I realized this week that ‘I don’t want to be done yet.’ I’d like to finish my senior year with some medal at Columbus.

“Standing on the podium was the best last year. We’ll see what happens next week. Even if I don’t do as well as I did last year (placing second), hopefully my time is the best that it can be.”

Also heading to Columbus looking for a third trip to the podium is teammate Moriah Vosteen, who won the high jump competition Wednesday with a leap of 5-foot-4.

Vosteen placed eighth last year and seventh as a sophomore, both at 5-2.

“I really want to make 5-5 or 5-6,” she said with a smile. “I’m tired of jumping 5-4.”

She holds the school record at that height with Jen Smith and sister Jane Clare Vosteen.

“I really want that school record,” she said. “I’ve been tying it since my sophomore year.”

She had to work hard, though, on Wednesday.

Vosteen missed twice and 5-0 and twice at 5-2.

“I was really worried,” she admitted.

Worry was over when she cleared 5-4 on her second attempt.

“That made me really happy,” Vosteen remarked. “The other girl had already missed her second try and me making it on my second try put me in a good position.

“I really wanted to get back on top of that podium again.”

Vosteen is glad she has another week left in her track career.

“I am really happy to be going back to Columbus,” she said. “I am looking forward to it.”