championships start Friday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the
campus of Ohio State. Storylines to watch include Cleveland Glenville's search for a record sixth straight D-I boys title and Gates Mills Gilmour Academy going for its fourth straight D-III girls title.
WHAT: 101st Annual Boys and 34th Annual Girls State Track & Field Tournaments
WHEN/WHERE: Friday and Saturday at Ohio State’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
TIME/EVENTS: The tournament has a two-day format. Running events on Friday begin at 9:30 (Division III), 1:30 (Division II) and 4:45 (Division I), with field events starting at 9:00 (Division II) and 1:00 (Division III).
Running events on Saturday begin at 9:30 (Division III), 1:00 (Division II) and 4:30 (Division I), with field events starting at 9:00 (Division III) and noon (Division I).
ADMISSION: $10.00 per person per day.
DIRECTIONS: Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium is located north of Bill Davis Baseball Stadium and the Jerome Schottenstein Center and west of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on the campus of The Ohio State University.
It is visible from State Route 315. All fans and media members are highly encouraged to take the Ackerman Road exit off of State Route 315 and head east. At the first light, turn right onto Fred Taylor Drive and and you will be directed to the parking lots. Saturday there is expected to be upwards of eight graduation ceremonies between the Schottenstein Center and St. John’s Arena. Take heed and plan accordingly.
2007 REVIEW: 33rd Annual Girls and 100th Annual Boys OHSAA State Track & Field Tournaments, June 1-2, 2007, Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, The Ohio State University, Columbus.
Girls Division I: Cleveland Heights Beaumont extended its lead in all-time girls state championships to 15 and ended Cleveland Collinwood’s string of three consecutive titles. The Blue Streaks had 44 points, while Collinwood was second with 36. It was Beaumont’s first championship since 2002. Leading the way for the school were junior Emily Infeld, who won her third straight championship in the 800 with a tournament record (2:08.63) and also set state and tournament records in winning the 1600 (4:41.37), and junior Aareon Payne, who set state and tournament records in winning the 200 (23.65). Payne also won the 200 in 2006 when she attended Akron Ellet.
Also in the division, Euclid senior Jessica Beard won her fourth straight 400 while setting state and tournament records (51.63), and Green sophomore Kelsie Ahbe set a tournament record in taking the pole vault (12-1).
Beaumont has qualified eight athletes in seven events to this year’s state tournament after winning last week’s regional tournament at Youngstown.
Girls Division II: Akron Buchtel won its first championship when it had 43 points. Gallipolis Gallia Academy was second for the second straight year with 34 and defending champion Mantua Crestwood was third with 32.
Buchtel’s championships in the 4×100, 4×200 and 4×400 relays proved to be the difference. Senior Jasmine Golson, junior Samantha Lockhart, junior Tiffany Tucker, sophomore Christy Campbell and senior Chelsea James ran on two of the relays while sophomore Joan Davis and freshman Kachay Hullum both ran on one.
Also in the division, Crestwood senior Cassandra Schenck almost pulled the same feat as her graduated teammate from 2006, Bridget Franek, who became the first female or male in Ohio history to win the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 in the same year. Schenck won the 1600 and 3200 but was second in the 800. Orrville junior DeVonne Howard set state and tournament records in winning the long jump (19-7 3/4); Gnadenhutten Indian Valley sophomore Kayla Caldwell set a tournament record in taking the pole vault (12-4), and Newark Licking Valley senior Heather Sole defended her championship in the high jump.
Buchtel has qualified four athletes in five events to this year’s state tournament after placing third in last week’s regional tournament at Lexington.
Girls Division III: Gates Mills Gilmour Academy won the past two state championships and Bellaire St. John Central was runner-up both times, but this season the two schools tied for the crown with 42 points. It was Gilmour’s third title overall and St. John’s Central’s first championship. Gilmour accumulated its points by winning the 4×400 and 4×800 relays, placing second twice and third once. The Lancers’ 4×800 relay team of freshman Grace Brennan, senior Kelsi Nutter, sophomore Melanie Frank and freshman Bekka Simko set state and tournament records (9:13.89); Brennan, Frank and Simko joined junior Grace Venzor on the 4×400, which also set state and tournament records (3:55.48); Simko was runner-up in both the 800 and 1600 and Frank was third in the 800. Freshman Alexis Cambell helped St. John Central garner its points when she placed second in the 100 and was on the runner-up 4×200 relay team. The Fighting Irish also had three third-place finishes and a pair of fifth-place finishes.
Also in the division, Elmore Woodmore senior Emily Pendleton became the first Ohio male or female to win a field event four straight years when she captured her fourth straight discus crown with a tournament record throw (163-4); Versailles senior Amanda Barlage set state and tournament records in winning the pole vault (12-4); Barnesville sophomore Stephanie Morgan won both the 1600 (state and tournament records, 4:45.21) and 3200; Warren John F. Kennedy junior Audrey Maheu set state and tournament records in winning the 800 (2:12.39), and Mt. Gilead Gilead Christian Academy senior Katelin Morgan won both the 300 hurdles and the long jump.
Gilmour has qualified 10 athletes in 12 events to this year’s state tournament after winning last week’s regional tournament at Navarre Fairless. St. John Central has qualified nine athletes in 14 events to this year’s state tournament after winning last week’s regional tournament at Pickerington North.
Boys Division I: Cleveland Glenville tied an Ohio boys record by winning its fifth consecutive state title and expanded its lead in all-time state championships to 15 when it captured the crown with 66 points. Cleveland Heights was second with 48. Winning titles for the Tarblooders were junior Tyshaun Peoples in the 110 hurdles;
senior Kyle Jefferson in the 400, and the 4×100 (Peoples, senior Granden Goodall, senior Otis Merrill, senior Xavier Clements) and 4×200 (Clements, Jefferson, junior Ernest Downing, junior Cordale Scott) relay teams.
Also in the division, Cleveland Heights’ 4×800 relay team (junior Dontave Cowsette, senior Matthew Love, junior Sylvester Watts, junior Jared Hall) set state and tournament records (7:41.17), Vandalia Butler senior Jimmie Pacifico defended his title and set a tournament record in winning the shot put (69-5 1/4) and Westerville Central senior Stuart Smith won both the 100 and 200.
Glenville has qualified eight athletes in eight events to this year’s state tournament after placing second in last week’s regional tournament at Youngstown.
Boys Division II: Heath captured its first state championship with 41 points, while Salem was runner-up with 33. 2006 champion Akron Buchtel tied for 18th. Senior Aaron Roberts led the way for the Bulldogs. Roberts defended his championship in the 300 hurdles, placed third in the 110 hurdles and was on the winning 4×200 and 4×400 relay teams. Seniors Josh Kraner and Jordan Gravely were also on the two relay teams, while senior Zach Embrey ran on the 4×200 and junior Chase Oberfield on the 4×400.
Also in the division, Greenfield McClain senior Dante Jackson defended his championship in the 110 hurdles and Steubenville senior Maurice Bougard won both the 100 and 200.
Heath did not qualify any athletes to this year’s state tournament after placing 14th in last week’s regional tournament at Lexington.
Boys Division III: Dayton Christian won its third state championship when it had 40 points to edge Columbus Grove, which had 38. Defending champion Waynesfield-Goshen tied for eighth. Sophomore Walter Luttrell won the Warriors’ only championship when he captured the 3200. The school, which won its other titles in 1982 and 1996, also had runner-up finishes in the 800, 1600 and 4×800 relay and a third-place showing in the 3200.
The Division also saw Yellow Springs senior Sam Borchers defend titles in both the 800 (where he set state and tournament records at 1:51.54) and the 1600 and anchor the winning 4×800 relay team that set state and tournament records (7:48.39). That team also featured freshman Alexis Onfroy, junior Andy Peters and senior Evan Firestone. Columbus Grove senior Cory Meuleman defended his championship in the discus, and Meuleman’s teammate, junior Heath Nickles, won both the 300 hurdles and the pole vault.
Dayton Christian has qualified four athletes in four events to this year’s state tournament after tying for third place in last week’s regional tournament at Dayton.
STATE TOURNAMENT RESULTS AVAILABLE ON WEB SITE: Results from the state tournament will be available on the OHSAA web site (www.ohsaa.org) as soon as possible at the conclusion of each division’s competition.
Follow the same procedures as listed in the previous paragraph.
2008 REGIONAL CHAMPIONS
(Location/Boys Winner/Girls Winner)
Youngstown: Cleveland Heights 80, Cleveland Heights Beaumont 72
Amherst: Toledo St. John’s Jesuit 56, Toledo Bowsher 78
Hilliard: Gahanna Lincoln 77, Reynoldsburg 109
Dayton: Cincinnati LaSalle 64, Mason 60
Ravenna: Hunting Valley University Schl. 45, Cuyahoga Val. Christian Acad. 107.5
Lexington: Pemberville Eastwood 79, Orrville 72
Byesville: Vincent Warren 72, Gallipolis Gallia Academy 70
Dayton: Columbus Eastmoor Academy 81, Kettering Archbishop Alter 85
Navarre: Gates Mills Gilmour Academy 70, Gates Mills Gilmour Academy 106
Tiffin: Attica Seneca East 48, Findlay Liberty-Benton 67
Pickerington: Newark Catholic 53, Bellaire St. John Central 104
Dayton: New Bremen 59, Versailles 80
STATE RECORDS SET IN 2008
The following state interscholastic records have been set in 2008 (as reported to the OHSAA):
Boys Division II
Shot Put: Curtis Smith, Chillicothe, 63’ 4 1/2”
Boys Division III
3200: Walter Luttrell, Dayton Christian, 9:09.15
4×200 Relay: Bluffton (Ricardo Pena, Zach Guagenti, John Guagenti, Jesse Herr), 1:29.12
Girls Division III
800: Stephanie Morgan, Barnesville, 2:12.11
300 Hurdles: Nicole Honsaker, Mineral Ridge, 43.82
4×200 Relay: Bellaire St. John Central (Kylie Kidder, Emily Hawthorne, Alexis Campbell, Justene Kelman), 1:42.77
Pole Vault: MacKenzie Wills, Troy Christian, 13’ 0”
RETURNING STATE CHAMPIONS
BOYS DIVISION I (4 returnee in 4 events)
400: Kendall Gregory, Sr., Strongsville (2005)*
800: Jared Hall, Jr., Cleveland Heights (2007)
100 Hurdles: Tyshaun Peoples, Sr., Cleveland Glenville (2007)
300 Hurdles: Michael Willey, Sr., Miamisburg (2007)
* attended Division III North Ridgeville Lake Ridge Academy in 2005
BOYS DIVISION II (4 returnee in 3 events)
400: Isaiah Pead, Sr., Columbus Eastmoor Academy (2007)
1600: Cory Leslie, Sr., Sandusky Perkins (2007)
High Jump: Ryan Fleck, Sr., Napoleon (2006)
High Jump: Quay Logan, Jr., South Point (2007)
BOYS DIVISION III (5 returnees in 5 events)
100: Cameron Hermiller, Jr., Delphos St. John’s (2007)
3200: Walter Luttrell, Sr., Dayton Christian (2007)
300 Hurdles: Heath Nickles, Sr., Columbus Grove (2007)
High Jump: Jake Beatley, Sr., Gahanna Columbus Academy (2007)
Pole Vault: Gray Horn, Sr., Waynesfield-Goshen (2006)
Pole Vault: Heath Nickles, Sr., Columbus Grove (2007)
GIRLS DIVISION I (6 returnees in 7 events)
100: Aareon Payne, Sr., Cleveland Heights Beaumont (2006)*
100: Meshawn Graham, Sr., Toledo Bowsher (2007)
200: Aareon Payne, Sr., Cleveland Heights Beaumont (2006 and 2007)*
200: Meshawn Graham, Sr., Toledo Bowsher (2005)
800: Emily Infeld, Sr., Cleveland Heights Beaumont (2005, 2006 and 2007)
1600: Emily Infeld, Sr., Cleveland Heights Beaumont (2007)
3200: Claire Durkin, Sr., Worthington Kilbourne (2007)
Long Jump: Audra Frimpong, Sr., Canfield (2007)
Pole Vault: Kelsie Ahbe, Jr., Green (2007)
* attended Akron Ellet in 2006
GIRLS DIVISION II (7 returnees in 7 events)
100: Cat Humphries, Jr., Cincinnati Archbishop McNicholas (2006)
100: Brittany Jackson, So., Shaker Heights Laurel (2007-Division III)
200: Cat Humphries, Jr., Cincinnati Archbishop McNicholas (2007)
800: Emily Eickholt, Sr., Circleville Logan Elm (2007)
110 Hurdles: Taylor Kring, So., Beloit West Branch (2007)
300 Hurdles: Allison Schroeder, Sr., Ottawa-Glandorf (2007)
Long Jump: DeVonne Howard, Sr., Orrville (2007)
Pole Vault: Kayla Caldwell, Jr., Gnadenhutten Indian Valley (2007)
GIRLS DIVISION III (5 returnees in 5 events)
200: Bonnie StrattonJr., Bluffton
800: Audrey Maheu, Sr., Warren John F. Kennedy (2007)
1600: Stephanie Morgan, Jr., Barnesville (2007; she also won the 3200 in 2007)
1600: Natalie Perzanowski, Sr., Bellaire St. John Central (2006)
3200: Natalie Perzanowski, Sr., Bellaire St. John Central (2006)
Shot Put: Alexandra Roberts, Sr., Columbus School for Girls (2007-Division II)
2008 STATE TOURNAMENT PARTICIPANTS
Boys Division I: 329 athletes from 116 schools
Boys Division II: 330 athletes from 119 schools
Boys Division III: 322 athletes from 115 schools
Boys Totals: 981 athletes from 350 schools
Girls Division I: 311 athletes from 105 schools
Girls Division II: 322 athletes from 119 schools
Girls Division III: 304 athletes from 116 schools
Girls Totals: 937 athletes from 340 schools
Boys and Girls Totals: 1,918 athletes from 690 schools
9:00-Division II field trials and finals, five events (last events at 10:00
9:30 and 9:45-Division III 4×800 relay finals
10:00-Division III track semifinals, 16 events (last event at 12:10)
1:00-Division III field trials and finals, 10 events (last event at 4:00)
1:30 and 1:45-Division II 4×800 relay finals
2:00-Division II track semifinals, 16 events (last event at 4:10)
4:45 and 5:00-Division I 4×800 relay finals
5:15-Division I track semifinals, 16 events beginning (last event at 7:25).
9:00-Division II field trials and finals, five events
9:30-Division III track finals, 22 events (last events at 11:40)
12:00-Division I field trials and finals, 10 events (last event at 3:00)
1:00-Division II track finals, 22 events (last events at 3:10)
4:30-Division I track finals, 22 events (last events at 6:40).