COLUMBUS – As is custom, the state’s top runners and athletes converge on Columbus for the Ohio High School Athletic Association state track and field meet at Ohio State’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
A handful of state champions were crowned on Friday, with the majority of finals occuring Saturday.
The lone Division I final on Friday was the 4×800 relay. The Mason boys and girls teams both took seventh on the podium. The girls’ team of Erin Brush, Delaney McDowell, Ellie Brush and Kendall Watkins ran 9:18.30, while the boys (Joe Thistleton, Will Dugger, John Morris and Nick Grismer) posted 7:56.72.
In Division II, Middletown Madison senior Coty Cobb won a state championship and set a new state record in the pole vault (16’6.25″).
Finneytown senior Yashira Rhymer-Stuart placed second in the Division II high jump (5’7″) in her first trip to state.
“It felt good … I was nervous at first, but I just started ignoring everything and now I’m happy,” Rhymer-Stuart said.
Also finding the Division II podium was Fenwick’s 4×800 relay (Auren Olson, Katie McCarthy, Alisha Himes and Shannon Hirko) with eighth.
The Division III 4×800 relay saw Summit Country Day miss the podium by one spot with ninth place.
In Division I, Withrow girls and Northwest boys are both coming off regional team championships, and both will be busy in the finals.
On the boys’ side, Northwest’s Myles Pringle had the fastest prelim time in the 400 (47.76) and so did the Knights’ 4×100 relay team (Pringle, Jackson, Beverly and Booker) to make the finals. Withrow’s 4×400 relay team (Shannon, O’Neal, Scott, Miller) were the fastest team in prelims.
Other local boys to make the finals: Kevin Rainey (Princeton) and Giovanni Ricci (Loveland) in 110 hurdles; Christian Lumpkin (Winton Woods) in the 100; Amit Maity (Mason) and Zion Wynn (Loveland) in the 400; Mason’s 4×200 and 4×400 relay teams (Pearson, Belcastro, Maity, White).
For the girls, Withrow didn’t disappoint. Withrow’s Ayanna O’Neal ran the fastest prelim times in the 100 (13.91) and 300 hurdles (43.94). The Tigers’ 4×100 relay team (Carpenter, O’Neal, Brewer, Pennington) also ran the fastest time in prelims. Withrow’s Doneasha Brewer qualified to the finals in 100 and 200 meters. Withrow’s 4×200 and 4×400 relays are also in the finals.
Also through to the finals: Sydney Hill (Lakota West) in 100 and 300 hurdles; Kaylan Gruber (Harrison) in the 100 and 200; Taylor Darks (Walnut Hills) in the 400; Lakota West’s 4×200 relay (Szolwinski, Hill, Andrews, Henderson).
North College Hill senior Jazmin Smith qualified for the finals in three events. Smith, the defending state champion in the 100 hurdles, set new personal records in the prelims in 100 hurdles (14.28), 100 meters (12.09) and 200 meters (24.73).
In Division III, Shroder’s girls 4×800 relay team made the finals with the fourth-fastest prelim time (50.90). Cincinnati Christian senior Kameron Antwine is in the finals of the 200 meters with the second-fastest prelim time (22.28). Antwine’s junior teammate, Andrew Spies, advanced to the finals in 300 hurdles. Cincinnati Country Day junior Darryn Jordan ran the sixth-quickest 100 dash and he’ll race in the finals. Jordan’s also a member of CCD’s 4×100 with Blang, Mundy and Barnett that qualified for the finals.