When a person proves himself or herself as one of the best student-athletes in the state, that’s an amazing accomplishment by itself.
However, when an individual stands out against some of the best competition in the entire Midwest region, it truly puts that individual into rarefied air.
After coming off of the heels of a sixth-place showing in the high jump at the 2017 OHSAA Division II Track and Field Championships, Northwest’s Shae Patty has continued to set a new standard for the Mohawks’ track program — even after her graduation from the school.
Patty, who was invited to represent Team Ohio as a result of placing in the high jump with her five feet, five inch mark, got to show the Buckeye State the kind of track talent that is present in McDermott, Ohio and the surrounding area that encompasses Northwest with her performance for the squad at the Midwest Meet of Champions on Saturday, June 10.
At the seniors-only track meet, Patty — who was competing against talent not only from Ohio, but from Indiana and Michigan, as well — jumped her personal best of five feet, six inches to tie Corin Erwin of Indiana for the meet’s top spot in the event.
With both participants able to clear the five feet, six inch mark but not the five feet, seven inch mark, Patty and Erwin were each given one final attempt to clear 5-7 as part of a jump off. While Erwin obtained the nod over Patty by clearing the 5-7 mark, Patty’s runner-up finish in the event was the highest of the two Ohio competitors who competed in the high jump. A total of five individuals from all three states participated in the event.