05-27-2011, 07:44 AM
Fitch sends two to state in Div. I
Published: Thu, May 26, 2011
By Jon Moffett
Photo by Rami Daud
Austintown Fitch sophomore Billy Price throws during the discus finals at the Division I regional championship meet at Falcon Stadium. Price advanced to the state meet with a second-place finish.
Ali Tolich lay in the grass next to the discus area and watched as Austintown Fitch teammate Billy Price made his throws. For for one brief moment, the outline of the disc crossed over Tolich.
It may have been the first time in her high school career where she was in someone else?s shadow.
Tolich and Price each punched their tickets to Columbus by earning top-four finishes in the shot put and discus, respectively, on the first day of the Division I regional track finals at Falcon Stadium on Wednesday. It?s par for the course for Tolich, the reigning state champion in both the shot and discus, and the first time for Price.
A sophomore, Price said he couldn?t believe it when he saw that he had earned a second-place finish.
?Getting another week is a great feeling,? he said. ?You work all year for this, so it?s a sense of accomplishment, and it feels great.?
Fitch throwing coach T.J. Koniowsky said he may have been the most surprised by Price?s success.
?I wasn?t expecting anything out of him this year, because he only threw 138 [feet] last year and had never done it before,? he said. ?And when he started catching on, and I looked at this region and thought this kid could do something.?