Over the course of the current decade, the Scioto County area has continued to rack up impressive performance after impressive performance on the track.
On Friday and Saturday, that continued as four Scioto County athletes punched their tickets to the OHSAA Track and Field State Tournament at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of The Ohio State University — with two of those individuals doing so in multiple events.
By collecting a top four finish in at least one or more events, Clay’s Cameron King, Northwest’s Shae Patty, Portsmouth’s Lynsey Shipley, and Wheelersburg’s Ellie Ruby all obtained times and/or jumps that allowed the quartet to advance to state as Scioto County’s lone representatives.
Ruby, who is the state’s defending champion in the OHSAA Division II Meet with a long jump of 18 feet, one-and-a-half inches, jumped 18 feet, three inches to advance to the state finals again in the long jump. The junior also collected a third-place finish in the 100 meter hurdles by collecting a mark of 15.15 — with only Alexis Prater’s (Ridgewood) 14.91 and Karlie Zumbro’s (John Glenn) 15.12 besting Ruby’s mark. Ruby also advanced in the 300 meter hurdles by collecting a mark of 45.62 to place in fourth, with Zumbro, Gallia Academy’s Madi Oiler, and West Holmes’ Taylor Yerian — behind their times of 44.25, 44.53, and 45.39, respectively. The junior will be making her third consecutive appearance in as many seasons in all three events.
Patty, who jumped five feet, two inches in the high jump in 2015 and improved that mark to five feet, four inches in 2016 at the OHSAA D-II Southeast District Meet, increased her mark another two inches to a five feet, six inch mark in tying for top honors with Lilly Ritz of Cambridge in advancing to the state meet. This will be Patty’s third appearance in the state meet at the long jump in as many seasons.
In the Division III, Region 11 Meet, which was held on Wednesday and Friday evening in Lancaster, Shipley, who has torn up the Ohio Valley Conference — and the entire Southeast District — all season long, advanced in a pair of events in her own right, as the junior won the 400 Meter Dash with her time of 57.45, which bested Monroeville’s Kristen Smith by over one second for the top spot. The 57.45 mark was just one second off of her OHSAA Division III State Meet time of 57.44, which placed her in third in 2016.
Shipley also advanced to state in the long jump by placing second with a mark of 16 feet, eight inches — her first time qualifying at the state level in that event. Only Emily Niswander of Lucas, who jumped 17 and a half feet, fared better.
King, who is coming off a banner year for the Panthers on the basketball side of the spectrum, continued Clay’s banner year in all sports by jumping six feet, three inches in the high jump to grab a second place showing. Only Piketon’s Timmy Trawick, who jumped six feet, six inches, fared better in the D-III, Region 11 Meet.
The OHSAA Division II and Division III State Championships, along with the Division I state meet, will take place throughout the day on Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3.
ASSIGNMENTS FOR STATE QUALIFIERS (Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3, Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, The Ohio State University, Columbus)
All times are approximate based on when prior events end
Northwest —Shae Patty (9:30 a.m., preliminaries and finals of girls high jump)
Wheelersburg — Ellie Ruby (2 p.m., semifinals of 100 meter hurdles, 3:20 p.m., semifinals of 300 meter hurdles)
Wheelersburg —Ellie Ruby (9:30 a.m., preliminaries and finals of girls long jump, 1 p.m., finals of girls 100 meter hurdles, 2:15 p.m., finals of girls 300 meter hurdles)
Portsmouth — Lynsey Shipley (Friday, 11 a.m., semifinals of girls 400 meter dash, Friday, 1 p.m., preliminaries and finals of girls long jump)
Clay — Cameron King (Friday, 1 p.m., preliminaries and finals of boys high jump)
Portsmouth —Lynsey Shipley (Saturday, 10:35 a.m., finals of girls 400 meter dash)
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