Coupled with Reynoldsburg’s runaway win in the Division I girls
competition, Gahanna-Lincoln gave Central Ohio a sweep of the big
school state titles at the D-I boys state track and field championships
Saturday. Although its win wasn’t as convincing as Reynoldsburg’s,
G-L’s victory was just as sweet. The Lions edged perennial power
Cleveland Glenville 48-45 for the title.
Coupled with Reynoldsburg’s runaway win in the Division I girls competition, Gahanna-Lincoln gave Central Ohio a sweep of the big school state titles at the D-I boys state track and field championships Saturday. Although its win wasn’t as convincing as Reynoldsburg’s, G-L’s victory was just as sweet. The Lions edged perennial power Cleveland Glenville 48-45 for the title. G-L also won the state championship in 1979.
It was the first title by a Central Ohio team since 1999 (Thomas Worthington) and just the third since 1983 (Marion Harding).
Junior Blake Heriot captured the only two titles for the Lions, winning the 200 (21.25) and 400 (47.47). He was also second in the 100.
Junior Herman Washington was second in the 110 hurdles and third in the 300 hurdles.
There might not be a high jump competition at the state meet like this year’s for a long time. Coming into the event three athletes had cleared 7-0, including defending state champion Erik Kynard of Toledo Rogers, Shaun Joplin of Sylvania Southview and Dwayne King of Cleveland Heights. After the dust had settled, Kynard had defended his title with a leap of 7-1, while Marietta’s Cody Westbrook added his name to the 7-0 club with a second place finish. Joplin was third (6-10) and King fourth (6-10).
All told, five jumpers cleared 6-10 and nine cleared 6-6.
Kynard was also runner-up as a sophomore.
Last year William Henry and Jordan Paschal made up two fourths of Trotwood-Madison’s 1,600 relay, which set an all divisions record en route to the state title. This year the duo was part of another foursome that broke the record again.
Flying around the track in 3:13.32, Paschal, Henry and sophomores Julius Ruby and Michael Jordan set a new state standard across the board (state, meet and stadium).
FIRST STATE TITLE
Springfield sophomore Josh Bass netted Springfield its first state track title with a win in the long jump (23-2.5). This is the first year that former North and South highs joined together.
Vandalia-Butler senior Danny Neff defended his 1,600 title (4:10.57) and added the 800 crown (1:51.36) to his resume.
Canfield junior Dustin Brode captured the shot put title with a heave of 62-11.25. Joining Brode in the Top 4 were two Ohio State football recruits. Youngstown Boardman senior Corey Linsley was second (62-9), while Bellbrook senior Sam Longo was fourth (56-2.75).
Greenville senior Kevin Leland, who cleared 16-1 at the regionals, didn’t have to go that high to win the state title. He wrapped up the title by clearing 15-9.
The 400 relay is Westerville Central’s to lose the next three years. The Warhawks won the 400 relay with a time of 41.83. The most impressive thing? Three of the four legs were run by freshman: John Howard, Davon Reed and Channing Doermann. Senior Gibril Kamara ran the opening leg.
Last year Glenville finished second to Trotwood-Madison in the 800 relay. This year the Tarblooders got revenge. Glenville won the 800 relay (1:26.38) and survived challenges from Warren Harding (second; 1:26.98) and Trotwood (third; 1:27.14).
ATOP THE PODIUM
Additional event winners included: Sandusky senior Dailyn Moore (100 hurdles; 14.12), Warren Harding junior Deaver Williamson (100; 10.90), Hilliard Darby senior Jordan Rispress (300 hurdles; 37.56) and Mason sophomore Zach Wills (3,200; 9:02.90).
Wills effort was a new Owens Stadium record.