Wright motors to Columbus

MASSILLON — Wellsville sophomore Justin Wright used a lesson he learned last year to get out of the regional meet.

“I was winning a lot last season and came in big headed,” he said. “I was overconfident. There are a lot of good runners here.”

No one was better than him Friday as he ran away to Division III regional titles in two sprints at Massillon Perry High School.

He enters the state meet with some of the top times in the 100-meter dash (10.91 seconds) and 200-meter dash (22.29).

The top four finishers in each race advance to the state semifinals next Friday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at Ohio State University.

“I went to an Ohio State football game last year and I took a look at it from the outside, hoping I would get to run there someday,” Wright said.

After missing a state berth with a sixth-place finish in the 100 dash at Massillon Perry last year, nothing was going to stop him this time.

“The heat is killing me,” Wright said. “That’s when you run your best races.”

His season nearly ended when he suffered a groin injury while winning the 100 dash at the Columbiana County Meet on May 1. He rested until the district meet.

“I’ve been advancing each week,” Wright said. “Things are looking good for next week.”

Meet notes

¯ Southern Local freshman Marcus Reed was 14th in the 3200 run (11:09.33).

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