Accomplishing the holy grail — in the Land of the Holy Grail.
Is there really anything better?
There certainly aren’t many that one can name, that’s for sure.
Portsmouth’s Lynsey Shipley did just that on Saturday afternoon when the bonafide track standout used her time of 56.28 to collect an OHSAA Division III State Championship in the 400 Meter Dash at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of The Ohio State University on June 2 and June 3.
Shipley, who qualified in the 400 meter dash as well as the long jump, actually came in second in the initial heat during the preliminary round, as Shipley was edged by Archbold’s Dakota Stamm by less than two-tenths of a second.
However, the junior standout — who has torn up various track and field disciplines all across Southeastern Ohio — wasn’t to be denied.
In the final round of the 400, Shipley got her revenge, edging Stamm by four tenths and six one-hundredths of a second to claim the first state championship of her high school career. This, after already scorching most of the competition in the long jump, where the junior cleared 17 feet, 10.5 inches to place in third, just behind Loudonville’s Emily Weber and Lucas’ Emily Niswander.
However, Shipley wasn’t the only Scioto County standout to impress over the weekend.
Cameron King, who was Clay’s lone qualifier and the lone individual to qualify from the SOC I ranks, acquitted himself quite well despite going up against participants from schools of larger side. King, who jumped six feet, three inches, tied for sixth place in the Division II high jump ranks, finishing just behind eventual state champion Timothy Trawick of Piketon — who cleared six feet, nine inches — David Anders’ Seth Stokes, Delta’s Peyton Phillips, Nelsonville-York’s Chris Cook, and East Canton’s Josh Conrad.
In Division II, two familiar faces proceeded to tear up the scoresheet by collecting marks that put them among the OHSAA’s best.
Wheelersburg’s Ellie Ruby, who won a state championship last year in the long jump, qualified for state in the same event in addition to the 100 meter and 300 meter hurdles. Ruby improved on her fifth-place time of 14.87 in the 100 meter hurdle preliminaries by clicking off a mark of 14.66 in the finals to place as the state runner-up across the OHSAA Division II realm. Only Perry’s Leah King, who ran a 14.31, placed better. Then, after placing ninth in the 300 meter hurdles (46.46), Ruby cleared 17 feet, 10-and-one-quarter inches to collect a fifth-place finish in the long jump.
Northwest’s Shae Patty, who, like Ruby, was also competing in Division II, also fared very well. Patty, who competed on Friday in the girls high jump, cleared five feet, five inches to tie for fifth place on the second try. Patty’s mark was only exceeded by Alyssa Matheny — who jumped a meet-winning five feet, eight inches — of Akron Manchester, Lilly Ritz of Cambridge, who jumped five feet, eight inches on her third try, Katelyn Meyer of Eastwood (5-7), Marisa Gwinner of Galion (5-6), and Mercedeez Francis of Trinity, who, like Patty, cleared five feet, five inches, but on the first try.
For comments from the state competitors, check out another edition of the Daily Times later on in the week.
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