Ohio’s Top 50 Athletes of the Year: No. 5 Emily Pendleton

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No. 5: Emily Pendleton, Elmore Woodmore, Track & Field, 2003-2007

Today we continue – and this week we conclude – the countdown of JJHuddle’s “Top 50 Ohio High
School Athletes of the Decade” for 1999-2009. Today we unveil the No. 5 athlete in our countdown and No. 1 will be announced Friday!

Today’s entry is the only person in 102 years to win a field event
four times…


Today we continue – and this week we conclude – the countdown of
JJHuddle’s “Top 50 Ohio High
School Athletes of the Decade” for 1999-2009. Today we unveil the No. 5
athlete in our countdown and No. 1 will be announced Friday!

Today’s entry is the only person in 102 years to win a field event four times…

5. Emily Pendleton, Elmore Woodmore, Track & Field, 2003-2007: Track is Ohio’s longest contested championship, with the boys tournament having been held for over 100 years (102 to be exact). Although the girls championships (35 years old) aren’t quite as gray, in 2007 Pendleton did something that no on else in track history – regardless of gender – has ever done. She won a field event four times. Dominating in the field like no one before her, Pendleton won four straight discus crowns (in D-III). She also holds the all-time state record (regardless of division) with a heave of 183-3 her senior year. That mark is the fourth best in U.S. history. Pendleton was also a two-time Nike National Champion. Pendleton’s younger sister Erin won the last two state titles in the event making it six straight years the family has finished first. Both are now at Michigan where Emily was the Big Ten discus champion and Freshman of the Year in 2008. She defended her conference discus title in 2009. Did we mention that 183-3 heave her senior year would have won the Big Ten that season too?

Pendleton was state runner-up in the shot put as a senior as well and fourth as a junior.

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Erin and Emily Pendleton

COMPLETE COUNTDOWN

Honorable Mention

50. Daequan Cook, Dayton Dunbar, Basketball, 2002-2006

49. Maurice Hall, Columbus Brookhaven, Football, 1997-2001

48. Erick Howard, North Canton Hoover, Football, 2006-2010

47. Jared Sullinger, Columbus Northland, Basketball, 2006-2010

46. Marc Sylvester, Cleveland St. Ignatius, Track,  1997-2001

45. Collin Palmer, Lakewood St. Edward, Wrestling, 2005-2009

44. Dustin Schlatter, Graham/Massillon Perry, Wrestling, 2001-2005

43. Cachet Murray, Girard, Track, 2002-2005

42. Jantel Lavender, Cleveland Central Catholic, Basketball, 2003-2007

41. Whitney Meyers, Cincinnati St. Ursula, Swimming, 1999-2003

40. Lance Palmer, Lakewood St. Edward, Wrestling, 2002-2006

39. Harry Lester, Cuy. Valley Shristian Academy, Wrestling, 1997-2001

38. O.J. Mayo, North College Hill, Basketball, 2003-2006

37. Michelle Munoz, Mason, Girls Basketball, 1997-2001

36. Maurice Clarett, Warren Harding, Football, 1997-2001

35. Chris Ash, Akron Firestone, Swimming, 2001-2005

34. Bridget Franek, Mantua Crestwood, Track & Field, 2002-2006

33. Ryan Pore, Mansfield Madison Comprehensive, Soccer,
1998-2002

32. Jessica Simpson, North Canton Hoover, Softball, 2004-2008

31. Tony Jameson, Austintown-Fitch, Wrestling, 2005-2009

30. Blaine Maag, Columbus Grove, Football & Track & Field, 2001-2005

29. Jeff Jaggers, Bedford St. Peter Chanel, Wrestling, 2000-2004

28. Kristin Daugherty, Warsaw River View, Volleyball and Basketball, 2003-2007

27. Nate Davis, Bellaire, Football and Basketball, 2003-2007

26. Lauren Prochaska, Plain City
Jonathan Alder, Basketball, 2003-2007

25. Sarah Dorenkott, Gates Mills Hawken, Swimming, 2003-2006

24. Margo Geer, Fairbanks, Swimming, 2006-2010

23. Erik Kynard, Toledo Rogers, Track & Field, 2005-2009

22. Todd Boeckman, St. Henry, Football, Basketball and Baseball,
1999-2003

21. Sam Borchers, Yellow Springs, Track & Field, 2003-2007

20. Nicole Fawcett, Ben Logan, Volleyball, 2001-2005

19. Sarah Schulze, Anna, Cross Country, Basketball and Track & Field,
2003-2007

18. Jimmie Pacifico, Vandalia-Butler, Track & Field, 2003-2007

17. Ryan Radcliff, Sherwood Fairview, Football & Baseball, 2004-2008

16. Barbara Turner, Cleveland East Tech, Basketball, 1999-2002

15. Logan Stieber, Monroeville, Wrestling, 2006-2010

14. Jason Bainum, Williamsburg, Football, 1998-2002

13. Matt Allare, Kings Mills Kings, Tennis, 2003-07

12. Kenneth “Kiki” Willis, Youngstown Mooney, Soccer, 2001-2005

11. Ted Ginn Jr., Glenville, Football & Track, 2000-2004

10. Tyrell Sutton, Akron Hoban, Football, 2001-2005

9. Brandon Saine, Piqua, Football & Track, 2003-07

8. Alyssa Kiel, Gates Mills Hawken, Swimming, 2001-2005

7. Jon Diebler, Upper Sandusky, Basketball, 2003-07

6. C.P. Schlatter, Columbus DeSales/Graham, Wrestling, 1999-2003

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