Joscelyn Powell hardly had competed all season entering Friday’s Mid-State League-Buckeye Division Championships.
Powell, a junior at Canal Winchester, had participated in only three previous meets because of a nagging foot injury and said she probably should not have run this weekend, either.
All that did not matter as Powell, despite a noticeable limp, won four events to pace a dominant Indian girls team to a win.
“(Today) had its ups and downs,” Powell said. “But overall, it was great. I’m so glad we get to end it like this. Our last year in the MSL, and I wouldn’t ask for any other ending.”
Powell won the 100, 200, 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles. After the 100 hurdles, she had trouble breathing and sat on the infield for a few minutes after the race. That was a result of a panic attack, she said.
After winning the 300 hurdles, Powell limped off the track and into the arms of a teammate. She recovered and won the 200 about 20 minutes later.
Powell as not trained all season as a result of the injury and is unsure about how she will fare at next week’s Division I district meet. But Powell said she was happy to leave the league on such a good run.
“I feel like I just have to push myself,” Powell said. “(Not training) is tough. I like training. But I have to rest up.”
The Indians, headed to the Ohio Capital Conference in 2013-14 in all sports, cruised to the league title in their final MSL meet. Their 159.5 points beat second place Teays Valley by more than 40. Bloom-Carroll was third with 96 and Fairfield Union fourth with 95. The host Aces were eighth with 27.
The Bulldogs’ Maggie Loeffler was second behind Powell in the 100 and 300 hurdles. She also finished second in high jump earlier in the week and ran the 1,600 relay with Makaylah Downour, Jalyn Devereaux and Emily Schmitz that finished second.
Loeffler said she enjoys the competition of running against teams in larger divisions such as Canal Winchester and Teays Valley, as it provides the best competition for Bloom-Carroll.
“That’s a great team,” Loeffler said. “I have so much respect for (Powell). It’s great to have someone running in front of you. It really is. You know you’re running against the best.”
Schmitz finished third in the 100 and sixth in the 200 as she continues to come back from an early-season injury. Downour was second in the 400.
Lauren Verdow and Jessica Swaim led the Falcons. Verdow, a senior, won the 1,600 and finished second in the 3,200. Swaim, a freshman, was second in the 1,600 and fourth in the 3,200.
“If you would have told me last year I’d be (a conference champion), I wouldn’t have believed you,” Verdow said. “It’s been an amazing year.”
The pair has run close together all season and has been able to use that as an advantage.
“It’s encouraging,” Swaim said. “It helps us during the race because we can kind of trick other people and get past them.”
Kari King was Amanda-Clearcreek’s lone champion, as she won discus.
The Indian boys finished second with 113 points behind Hamilton Township’s 165. Wyatt Gardner finished second in the 1,600 and won the 3,200 to pace Canal Winchester. Bloom-Carroll was fifth with 64 points, Fairfield Union sixth (60) and the Aces seventh (37).
Alex Sherman won the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles for the Bulldogs. He also took third in the 200.
Freshman Jordan Leasure was third in the 110 hurdles and second in the 300 hurdles for Amanda-Clearcreek. Leasure has not competed in a month because of a leg injury. He said he wanted to win both events but tried to remind himself that he has been out for a while and is just coming back.
“I’m kind of upset about my performance,” Leasure said. “I know I’ve been out. I’m trying to keep that in my mind and not get discouraged. District’s are next week. I have to stay focused on that.”