GRANVILLE – Chanlier Myers was a step away from a Licking County League title in the 100 this past Friday.
When it came time for the 200, the Licking Heights sophomore was leaving nothing to chance. She shot out of the blocks, into the early lead and never gave it up to win the event at Granville.
“It helps me to run better because it pushes me more,” said Myers, who started from Lane No. 3 on a nine-lane track. “My times have been kind of bad this year, but it felt better than I have been running.
Myers ran a personal-best time of 26.08, holding off Heath’s Kayla Carmichael by seven hundredths of a second. Myers earlier had finished runner-up to Watkins Memorial’s Rachel Lawwell — 12.69 to 12.80 — in the 100.
Myers’ title was Heights’ second. She simply was attempting to keep pace with freshman Saalihah Mumin, who in between Myers’ individual events had won the 400.
“It feels good,” Myers said. “(Mumin) has been running really well, too, for her first year in high school.”
Mumin said earlier in the season she liked having someone to chase in the 400. This time, however, she left everyone behind. Mumin’s time of 59.08 finished ahead of the 59.54 from Heath’s Hailey Ferguson.
“I was running against the time, I guess,” said Mumin, who wants to break under 58 seconds during the upcoming postseason. “I was confident. There was another fast girl from Heath, and I was like, ‘If anything, if she gets in front of me, that is the person I can chase down.’”
Heights teammate Mika Cox was fourth in the 400 (51.51), and Mykala Suggs earned runner-up honors in the 300 hurdles (46.19). Myers, Mumin, Cox and Suggs also combined for runner-up finishes in the 4×200 (1:45.98) and 4×400 (4:03.55) relays. The latter broke a school record.
“They ran really well today,” said Mumin, who ran the anchor leg of the 4×400. “We feed off each other.”
Kassie Sanidad was fourth in the 800 (2:30.52), and Milan Rankins tied for fifth in the high jump (4-feet-8). The Hornets finished fourth in the team standings with 72.5 points.
In the boys meet, senior Curtis Richardson continued to climb into rarefied air. He won the high jump, bumping his school record up to 6-11.
“I had been getting 6-10 consistently,” Richardson said. “Some form tweaks got me up there. I am in a good spot.”
The Hornets had the majority of their success in the field events as Jaylen Stokes placed second in the discus (136-4) and fifth in the shot put (43-6.75) and Devon Doune added a sixth in the long jump (18-11).
On the track, Griffin Roberts was sixth in the 100 (11.78). The Hornets finished seventh with 32 points.
Heights is competing in the Division I district meet at Hilliard Darby this week. The Hornets compete in the field events Thursday afternoon and in the running finals at 9 a.m. Saturday.