Reynoldsburg’s girls team rolled up 82 points in winning its first
state championship after finishing as runner-up in 2008.
Sophomore Azia Walker won the
400 and also ran on the 4x200 (1:37.02) and 4x400 (3:43.83) relay
teams, both of which set state and tournament records; senior
Melissa Dodaro captured her second-consecutive title in the discus
throw; sophomore Taneisha Cordell won the 800; and freshman Destinee
Gause won the 200 and ran on the 4x200 relay.
Reynoldsburg’s 82 points are a
record for a girls Division I team, while Cincinnati Withrow
finished in second with 35 points. The 47-point margin of victory
for Reynoldsburg is also a girls Division I record.
Gahanna Lincoln’s boys
captured their second state title, scoring 48 points to hold off
second place Cleveland Glenville, which tallied 45 points. Lincoln’s
other championship came in 1979, while 15-time state champ Glenville
finished second for the third time.
Lincoln junior Blake Heriot
won both the 400 and 200 meters and took second in the 100 to lead
the Lions. Fellow junior Herman Washington placed second in the 110
hurdles and third in the 300 hurdles as well.
Other notable performances
included Cincinnati Withrow’s girls 4x100 team breaking its own
state record (46.53); Olmsted Falls senior Katie Nageotte setting a
tournament mark in the pole vault (12-8); Mason sophomore Zach Wills
defending his title in the 3200 meter run; Trotwood-Madison’s boys
4x400 relay team also set state and tournament records in that event
(3:13.32); Vandalia Butler senior Danny Neff repeating his title in
the 1600 and also winning the 800; and senior Erik Kynard of Toledo
Rogers defending his title in the high jump.
Division II: Cuyahoga
Falls Christian Academy and Columbus Bishop Hartley shared the girls
title as each scored 55 points. The last time two Division II girls
teams split a state title was in 1992 (Cleveland Heights Beaumont
and Springfield Shawnee).
It is CVCA’s second straight
state title and Bishop Hartley’s fourth overall and first since
Hartley had several first place finishers.
Chesna Sykes, a junior, won both the 100 and 200 meter dashes and
joined with senior Ashlee Hoffman, junior CharAnna Dixon and
sophomore Aisha Cavin to set state and tournament records in the
4x100 meter relay (47.09). The same quartet won the 4x100 last year
as well. Cavin also finished second in the 200.
CVCA had a second place finish
in the 1600 meter run by senior Carolyn Case and also had third
place finishes in the 4x100 meter relay, 4x400 meter relay and by
senior Katie Gillespie in the 3200 meter run.
Pemberville Eastwood’s boys
captured their first state title, scoring 47 points, after finishing
as runner-up last year and in 2002. Justin Welch, a junior, defended
his championship in the discus throw and took third in the shot put.
Teammates in senior Crosby Schemenauer won the pole vault and senior
Josh Hoodlebrink finished second in the long jump.
Other highlights included
several girls and boys athletes defending their championships from
last year. For the girls, Kayla Caldwell, a senior from Gnadenhutten
Indian Valley, won her third straight championship in the pole
For the boys, London senior
Ethan Freet won the 300 meter hurdles and Creston Norwayne senior
Cody Miller recaptured his 400 meter dash title; senior Rufus
Walls from Bishop Hartley took the 200 meter dash again; and
Sandusky Perkins junior Matthew Hoty won his second straight title
in the shot put.
Division III: Gates
Mills Gilmour Academy’s girls won its fourth state title since 2005,
scoring 73 points to best second-place Versailles (62). Gilmour’s
point total is the second highest ever for the small school
division, trailing just Minster, which tallied 75.33 points in 1978.
Versailles’ point total would have won the meet in every year from
Leading the Lancers was
sophomore Candace Longino-Thomas, who won both the 100 and 200 meter
dashes and was a member of the winning 4x100 and 4x200 meter relays.
Teammate Bekka Simko, a junior, defended her title in the 400 and
also ran on the state champion 4x200 and 4x400 meter relay teams.
Gilmour’s 4x100 (48.70) and 4x200 (1:41.31) teams set both state and
tournament records in the process.
Other highlights from the
girls action included Barnesville senior Stephanie Morgan winning
her third straight title in the 1600 and defending her 800 meter
title by setting both state and tournament records in that event
(2:09.77). Katherine Jamieson, a junior from Toledo Ottawa Hills,
also defended her title in the 300 hurdles with a state and
tournament record time of 43.18.
For the boys, Garfield Heights
Trinity’s championship was its first in school history, as it
outscored Pandora-Gilboa 45-38. Pandora-Gilboa’s runner-up finish
was also its best in school history.
Trinity senior Jonathan Bobak
captured both the 100 and 200 meter titles and also ran on the
winning 4x200 meter relay team. Sophomore Nick Gliha took home the
title in the 3200 meter run.
Also in the division, Findlay Liberty-Benton
junior Seth Butler defended his championship in the 800 meter run.