MARIEMONT – Prior to this track season, Mariemont boys track coach and assistant girls coach Jeff Timmers said they were going to rely heavily on a couple sophomores including Carson Fields.
But he and girls coach Emily Tyminski couldn’t have predicted how much of an impact she’d actually make.
Not only was she co-athlete of the year with Finneytown’s Yashira Rhymer-Stuart in the Cincinnati Hills League, she made the podium in the 300 meter hurdles at the Division II state tournament. She took seventh (45.87).
“Honestly, I think I was expected to finish in 13th or something like that,” Fields said with a laugh. “But once I made the finals, I told myself that even if I finished last, it would still be way better than where I thought I’d finish.
“I was blessed and honored to be among such good athletes.”
It was a good way to cap to a postseason where Fields was the Division II district champion in the 300 meter hurdles at New Richmond (47.20) and part of the district champion 4×100 meter relay along with Lauren Croll, Shelby Cresie and Aislynn Hartman.
Perhaps the most stunning thing about Fields’ season was that it was her first year running the 300 hurdles. When coaches wanted her to try it, Fields said she was really against the idea because, being a sprinter, it was a longer distance than anything she’d run before.
“I was having enough trouble with the 100 hurdles. How could they expect me to do the 300?” Fields said. “I complained about it a lot, but my coaches were understanding and really patient.”
One question that might be on people’s minds after the season was why didn’t she start competing in the event earlier?
“She’s a strong athlete who runs a lot of different events for us,” Tyminski said. “It just turned out the 300 was her best event. She’s going to be doing it from now on.”
She showed her penchant for success in different events earlier in the season when she won the 100 and 200-meter dashes in the CHL meet.
She was first-team CHL in the 100 and 200, second-team in the 300 meter hurdles and honorable mention in the 100 meter hurdles.
“My brother actually found out that I was a co-athlete of the year before I did,” she said. “Much like my finish at state, that was crazy. At the time, it didn’t feel real, but it makes me want to do it again next year.”