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The Suburbanite
  • Area teams reach podium at state track meet

  • Several area high school teams sent athletes to the 105th Annual Boys and 38th Annual Girls State Track and Field Championships in Columbus on June 1-2.


     


    The event was held at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of The Ohio State University. Green (10 athletes) and Lake (six athletes) competed in the Div. I section, while Manchester (two athletes) competed in Div. II.

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  • Several area high school teams sent athletes to the 105th Annual Boys and 38th Annual Girls State Track and Field Championships in Columbus on June 1-2.
    The event was held at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of The Ohio State University. Green (10 athletes) and Lake (six athletes) competed in the Div. I section, while Manchester (two athletes) competed in Div. II.
    The weather for both days was mostly windy, with Friday events dealing with damp and drizzling conditions. The top eight finishers in each event earned team points and were rewarded with a place on the podium.
    GREEN BULLDOGS
    Junior Morgan Estes led the Bulldog contingent, returning for the second time in the pole vault event (freshman, 2010). She led the other 15 vaulters into the Saturday final with her 12’ 5” regional win. She equaled that mark during the finals in winning the state championship.
    Whitney Rice of Lewis Center finished second in the event at 11’ 8”. Estes’ winning jump was the third highest finish in tournament history.
    The regional champion boys 1600 meter relay team (seniors Mike Kapeluck, Andrew Pratt, and Brandon Simmons, junior Zachary Wieland) (3:19.74) started their semifinal event as the overall fourth seed.
    The team ran a 3:22.93 preliminary time for a second place finish and a trip to the Saturday finals as a sixth seed. The team’s 3:23.56 finals effort put it on the podium with an eighth- place finish.
    The girls 1,600 meter relay team (seniors Kristen Bergmeyer and Samantha Lang, junior Erika Rector and sophomore Emily Hooker), entered the semifinals with the seventh fastest time out of the regionals (3:53.94).
    They matched their seeding during Friday night with a 3:56.91 race and a berth in the finals. A finals time of 4:01.62, in part due to a dropped baton, meant just missing the podium with a ninth-place finish.
    Senior Krista Roehlig, the 14th seed (5:13.91) in the 1,600 meter final Saturday, ran a 5:17.84 and dropped one position to end her career as the state’s fifteenth-best 1,600 meter runner in Div. I.
    LAKE BLUE STREAKS
    Karli Oprian, Lakes’s 100 and 200 meter record holder, returned to Columbus in both of her specialties. She entered the 100 meter semifinal as the one-seed (12.07, regional champion), and the 200 meter as the 10th seed (25.17). She advanced out of the Friday semis in both events, running a 12.3 (sixth seed) and 25.46 (ninth seed).
    Saturday’s 100 meter final had Oprian earning a sixth-place finish (12.42). Destinee Gause of Reynoldsburg was the 100 meter champ at 11.95. Oprian ran the 200-meter final in 25.73 to finish as ninth-best in the state. Gause also won that event at 23.91.
    Junior Andrew Gratz entered Saturday's high jump final with the eighth best regional jump (6' 5”). Gratz was able to leap 6' 2” during the finals and earn a 12th place state finish. GlenOak's Cody Jones was the event winner at 6' 7”.
    Page 2 of 2 - Jake Viscounte entered Friday's 400 meter semifinals with the sixteenth fastest regional qualifying time (49.48) overall, and eighth in his scheduled second heat. His 50.29 semifinal time left him with a sixth-place finish in the heat. Antwon Smith of Cleveland J.F. Kennedy was the state champion (47.44).
    The 1,600 meter relay team of seniors Jared Milhoan and Viscounte, and juniors Phil Burt and Jordon Smith, entered the Friday semifinals as the 14th-overall state seed (3:21.56). The team ran a 3:26.61 to improve one spot and end their tournament as 13-best in the state. The team from Thomas Worthington was crowned state champions in the event.
    MANCHESTER
    The Panthers sent Cort Logan (long jump) and Hannah Boss (300 meter hurdles) to the state championships, and both earned the right to stand on the top-eight winner's podium.
    Logan competed in the chilly, windy Friday evening weather in the long jump finals. He entered the competition in the first of two flights. His regional qualifying jump of 22'1” was the fourth best in the flight, and the seventh best out of both flights. The weather affected all jumpers, but Logan was still able to record a 21' 10.75” jump. The mark earned him a fifth place finish in the state. The top five finishers were all within 1.25” of each other. Sandy Valley's Andrew Milhoan won the event at 22'.
    Boss entered the Friday semifinals with the seventh-fastest regional qualifying time (45.46) overall, and fourth in her first heat. Boss clocked a 45.90 in finishing third in her heat, advancing to the Saturday finals as the sixth seed. In the finals, she ran a 45.66 to finish eighth in the state. Cierra Brown of Dayton Chaminade won the event (43.58).