Over the past several years, the amount of track talent, and said talent converting their skills into success, has allowed the sport of track and field to reach meteoric levels across the Scioto County landscape.
And on Friday and Saturday, that will be the case once more as 13 individuals will compete in 14 events during the Division II and Division III OHSAA Track and Field State Championships, which will be held at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of The Ohio State University on Friday and Saturday in Columbus.
Below is a preview of the meets that each of the 13 Scioto County qualifiers will be participating in, by order of finals and preliminaries, then via time of the event.
PRELIMS AND FINALS that are both run on Friday only — TWO-DAY PRELIMS AND FINALS included for the individuals below the first official finals event that he/she will be participating in
Division III Boys High Jump (Breydan Tilley, Minford, 1 p.m.)
Tilley, who cleared six feet, two inches in the Division III District Meet in Londonderry (Chillicothe Southeastern) before clearing six feet, three inches at the Division III, Region 11 Meet in Lancaster (Fairfield Union), finished second in both events to make it to the high jump finals. The senior is slotted fifth in the high jump order.
In addition to the high jump, Tilley will also be competing in Friday’s preliminary rounds in the 110 and 300 meter hurdles events. The senior won each of the district and regional competitions in the 110 meter hurdles, while finishing second and fourth, respectively, in the 300 meter hurdle realm. He has fast times of 14.74 and 40.53, respectively, and will be competing in Heat Two for both events, which will start at 10:10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Division III Girls Discus Throw and Girls Shot Put (Paige Emnett, Wheelersburg, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively)
Emnett, who finished first in the discus throw and second in the shot put at districts, added in second and fourth place marks in Lancaster, respectively, to qualify for the state meet. The junior’s record-setting throw of 40 feet, 11-and-three-quarter inches in the discus helped set the tone for a highly successful postseason run. Emmett, who collected a best throw of 38 feet, 10-and-a-half inches in the shot put and a throw of 113 feet, seven inches in the discus, is slotted in the first flight for both events.
Division III Girls Long Jump (Portsmouth’s Lynsey Shipley and Wheelersburg’s Ellie Ruby, 1 p.m.)
Behind their first and second place long jumps in Division III, Region 11 competition, Shipley and Ruby will be competing in the state finals in the long jump, which will commence at 1 p.m.
Ruby, who set a regional record with a jump of 18 feet, four-and-a-quarter inches, bested Shipley’s second-place mark of 17 feet, three inches. Ruby has the best jump mark heading into the final, while Shipley’s mark has her in third place. The pair will be competing in Flight 1 and Flight 2, respectively.
In addition to their exploits as long jumpers, the duo qualified for state in three additional events, with Shipley taking part in the 100, 200, and 400 meter dash prelims and Ruby qualifying for prelim action in the 100 and 300 meter hurdles as well as in the 4-by-400 meter relay. Shipley will compete at 10 a.m. in the 100 meters, 11 a.m. in the 400 meters, and 11:40 a.m. in the 200 meters while Ruby will compete at 10 a.m. in the 100 meter hurdles, 11:20 a.m. in the 300 meter hurdles, and 12 p.m. in the 4-by-400 meter relay.
RELAY PRELIMS — Friday prelims, Saturday finals
Division III, Girls 4-by-100 Meter Relay (Wheelersburg’s Gabby Deacon, Lauren Jolly, Lani Irwin, and Libby Miller, 10:50 a.m. and Division III, Girls 4-by-400 Meter Relay (Wheelersburg’s Alyssa Dingus, Gabby Deacon, Lani Irwin, and Ellie Ruby, 12 p.m.)
The 4-by-100 unit of Deacon, Jolly, Irwin, and Miller, who won each of their district and regional competitions with marks of 51.41 and 50.96, respectively, are in the first heat. Deacon and Irwin also teamed with Ruby and Dingus to obtain a fourth-place finish in regional competition (4:09.05), and like the 4-by-100 unit, will also compete in the first heat.
Division II, Boys 4-by-800 Meter Relay (Northwest’s Billy Crabtree, Gabe Morrell, Josh Shope, and Landen Smith, 1:45 p.m.
Crabtree, Morrell, Shope, and Smith, who are all underclassmen, ran an 8:35.18 as a group to win the Division II District Championship in the 4-by-800 at Washington Court House, then stepped it up in tremendous fashion in the Division II, Region 7 Meet in Zanesville (Muskingum University) by putting together a time of 8:18.44 to nab the fourth and final qualifying position.
The finals that are scheduled for Saturday will be posted online on Friday evening and will be in Saturday morning’s Daily Times following the conclusion of the first day of the OHSAA Track and Field Championships on Friday. For more information, visit www.portsmouth-dailytimes.com.