Sophomore sprints her way to Ohio High’s Girls Track Runner of the Year honors

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Gilmour Academy’s Candice Longino-Thomas is the 2009 Ohio High Magazine Girls Track Runner of the Year

There have been 35 girls state track and field championships, which
have hosted over 20,000 competitors. Up until this year, just 15 of
those athletes had won four events in the same year. Now there are 16. Although just a sophomore, Gates Mills Gilmour Academy sprinter Candace Longino-Thomas has already done more than most veterans.


There have been 35 girls state track and field championships, which have hosted over 20,000 competitors. Up until this year, just 15 of those athletes had won four events in the same year.

Now there are 16.

Although just a sophomore, Gates Mills Gilmour Academy sprinter Candace Longino-Thomas has already done more than most veterans.

At the girls state meet on June 6, Longino-Thomas finished first in the Division III 100 (12.05), 200 (24.42), 400 relay (48.70) and 800 relay (1:41.31).

Her hand in 40 points helped the Lancers win their fourth state title in five years.
Gilmour was second last spring.

Heading into her junior year, Longino-Thomas already owns three D-III state records.

Individually she set the state record in the 200 (24.19) in early May at the 29th Optimist Classic in Austintown.

She’s also a part of two record-setting relays – the 400 and 800 – which also set state meet records with their times.

Longino-Thomas’s performance at the state meet should not have been a huge surprise.

Last year as a freshman, she finished second in both the 100 and 200 and anchored both the 400 and 800 relays to third and fourth place finishes, respectively.

Only two girls have won four events in the same year twice…none has done it three times. Longino Thomas has that chance.

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