Oakwood’s team of juniors Butler and Emma Almoney, freshman Elizabeth Erwin and senior Grace Hartman raced to victory in D-II in 9 minutes, 14.83 seconds, beating their season best by seven seconds and repeating as state champions
Last year, Butler, Almoney, senior Hannah Moulton and Hartman kicked off their run to the first team championship in program history by winning the same event (9:14.98) at Pickerington North High School. Two years ago, the entire spring sports season was cancelled because of the pandemic. Three years ago, when Hartman was a freshman, she raced the final leg of the 4×800 relay as Oakwood finished fifth (9:28.08). That was the last state meet held at Jesse Owens until this weekend.
This year, Hartman seized the lead about three quarters of the way through her first lap and lengthened the advantage until a late charge by Woodridge, which finished in 9:15.58.
“Last year, I think we had a little bit more of a lead,” Hartman said. “I remember we definitely had a different race strategy last year. This year, we didn’t really know what to expect going into it. I think racing is so tactical. You never know what’s going to happen. All of our girls did great in the way that the race played out. They did what they needed to do, and I think we’re all really pleased with our result.”
Hartman will defend her state championships in the 1,600 and 3,200 races Saturday. Oakwood hopes to score enough points in her events and others to repeat as state champions. This was a good way to start the weekend — especially in front of the packed stands at Ohio State.
The Minster girls 4×800 relay team kicked off the state meet by winning the first medal of the meet in the first event of the day.
Margaret Hemmelgarn, Cameo Cedarleaf, Chaney Cedarleaf and Taylor Roth raced to victory in the D-II race in 9:28.67. Minster took the lead on the third lap, with Chaney running.
With Hemmelgarn and Roth racing on the 4×800 relay last year, Minster finished third at state (9:23.39).
Fort Loramie’s Mylee Shatto, Colleen Borchers, Lauren Moore and Claire Rethman finished second (9:34.91). Coldwater’s Ava Giere, Carlee Goodwin, Kiersten Keller and Haley Alig placed third (9:43.31). West Liberty-Salem’s Megan Adams, Ashley Yoder, Teagan Boyd and Mallory Bostick took fifth (9:48.11).
The Fort Loramie boys won a D-III championship in the 4×800 with Gasson crossing the finish line.
“All I could think about was we did it,” he said. “Finally.”
Colten Gasson ran the final leg, and his twin brother Colin ran the first leg. Frank Rethman and Trey Ranly ran the second and third legs, respectively.
Fort Loramie’s time (7:53.18) was more than seven seconds better than second-place East Canton, which had the top qualifying time (8:00.04). Fort Loramie placed 11th in the event last year (8:16.50) with the Gassons and Ranly and Adam Ballas.
The Gassons, who are seniors, started running together in sixth grade, competing in triathlons and 5Ks in the summer. In seventh grade, they were inspired by older classmates. Then they won a state cross country championship as freshmen.
“That was exciting,” Colten said, “and it just kind of showed us your time will come. Sure enough, it paid off.”
Some field event finals were held Friday.
* Botkins senior Aleah Jones won a D-III state championship in the shot put with a throw of 137 feet, 5 inches. That was her fifth of sixth attempts of the day, and it was more than 6 feet farther than the second-place finisher.
* Marion Local senior Molly Winner won a D-III state championship in the shot put (43-0).
Here are other results from finals involving area athletes Friday:
Beavercreek: 4×800 relay (Grace Dailey, Abby Roberts, Jamie Confer and Macie Roberts), seventh, 9:24.92.
Lebanon: 4×800 relay (Hannah Glassmeyer, Anna Packer, Milana Mcnamara and Grace Glassmeyer), 16th, 9:46.76.
Miamisburg: Girls 4×800 relay (Lauren Zanotelli, Tracy Donbar, Dara Russo and Anna Newkirk), 9:50.07; Boys 4×800 relay (Aaron Schwieterman, Alex Knapp, Innocent Ntwali and Seth Elking), fifth, 7:52.31.
Chaminade Julienne: Freshman Brooke Haywood, 13th, high jump, 5-0.
Greeneview: Boys 4×800 relay (Samuel Powers, Noah Sylvester, Max Powers and Zeke Powers), 14th, 8:15.20.
Miami East: Anika Paton, 14th, discus, 112-7; Josh Amheiser, eighth, pole vault, 14-10.
Milton Union: Blake Brumbaugh, seventh, long jump, 21-3¾; Carter Tinnerman, 10th, pole vault, 14-6.
Oakwood: Sadie Knostman, 15th, discus, 111-8.
Versailles: Taran Tyo, ninth, shot put, 52-3¼; senior Brayden Keihl, 15th, shot put, 50-0¾.
West LIberty-Salem: Logan Saylor, sixth, long jump, 21-4; Boys 4×800 relay team (Isaac Brown, Tate Yoder, Quentin Rudolph and Dylan Lauck), eighth, 8:04.04.
Anna: Justin Richards, long jump, sixth, 21-0.
Botkins: Johnson, shot put, 14th, 36-8¼.
Arcanum: Chase Werling, discus, 14th, 145-0.
Coldwater: Jesse Meyer, seventh, shot put, 55-6¾; Meyer, 15th, discus, 140-0.
Dixie: Sierra Brinson, shot put, seventh, 38-10.
Fort Loramie: Gavin Kemper, second, pole vault, 15-8.
Marion Local: Jack Knapke, sixth, discus, 168-0; Nate Buscher, fifth, pole vault, 14-4.
Minster: Lillian Barhorst, shot put, fifth, 39-7¾; Russell Heid, pole vault, 11th, 13-0.
Fort Loramie: Riley Heitkamp, 13th, high jump, 5-0.
Here’s the list of athletes who raced in preliminaries Friday and qualified for finals Saturday:
DIVISION I GIRLS
100 hurdles: Erin Starks, Trotwood-Madison, second, 14.03; Myah Boze, Ross, sixth, 14.82; Erionte Carlton, Wayne, ninth, 14.94.
100: Azariah Bryant, Lakota East, first, 11.77; Maira Scott, Springfield, fifth, 12.13; Trinity Bibbs, Wayne, ninth, 12.24.
4×100 relay: Wayne (Sanai Lynch, Trinity Bibbs, Erionte Carlton and G’Niyah Brown), eighth, 48.45.
400: Kaleigh Keyes, Beavercreek, second, 55.98; Leah Hannish, Troy, sixth, 57.14.
300 hurdles: Boze, Ross, second, 43.79; Katlyn Pham, Lakota East, ninth, 46.26.
200: Bryant, Lakota East, first, 24.20; Scott, Springfield, third, 24.63; Bibbs, Wayne, fifth, 24.89; Camilla Nicholas, Piqua, eighth, 25.07.
DIVISION I BOYS
110 hurdles: Jonathon Richardson, Springfield, third, 14.04; Tyler Stargel, Wayne, seventh, 14.32.
4×200 relay: Wayne (Drew Martin, Elijah Lee, Noah Paxton and Terrell Ball), ninth, 1:28.22.
4×100 relay: Springfield (Jayvin Norman, Anthony Brown, Logan Richardson and Jonathon Richardson), third, 41.85.
300 hurdles: Jordan Cotner, Northmont, third, 37.82.
DIVISION II GIRLS
100: Jadyn Haywood, Chaminade Julienne, second, 11.77.
4×200 relay: Chaminade Julienne (Airreana Clark, Brooke Haywood, Cayden Turner and Haywood), eighth, 1:44.93.
4×100 relay: Chaminade Julienne (Jakala Fletcher, Airreana Clark, Cayden Turner and Haywood), ninth, 50.44.
300 hurdles: Leeyah Samuels, Northridge, eighth, 46.54.
200: Haywood, Chaminade Julienne, first, 24.60.
4×400 relay: Oakwood (Grace Bauer, Butler, Almoney and Hartman), fourth, 4:00.44.
DIVISION II BOYS
400: Jack Osborne, Versailles, ninth, 50.70.
DIVISION III GIRLS
100 hurdles: Sam Hoelscher, Marion Local, fourth ,15.06; Aurora Schubert, Dayton Christian, fifth, 15.14.
100: Delaney Jones, West Liberty-Salem, third, 12.19.
4×200 relay: Marion Local (Lynn Schweiterman, Natalie Pohl, Maddie Keller and Sam Hoelscher), fourth, 1:46.14.
4×100 relay: Anna (Tanner Spangler, Gabrielle Myers, Ashley Bertke and Kaitlyn Harris), second, 49.64; Coldwater (Izzy Zahn, Shelby Linn, Kiersten Keller and Allison Hamberg), ninth, 51.06.
400: Maddy Merritt, Legacy Christian, third, 58.30.
300 hurdles: Hoelscher, Marion Local, second, 44.70.
4×400 relay: Coldwater (Haley Alig, Carlee Goodwin, Izzy Zahn and Ava Giere), third, 4:04.30; Minster (Cameo Cedarleaf, Lillian Barhorst, Keri Heckman and Taylor Roth), fourth, 4:05.68; Marion Local (Hoelscher, Schwieterman, Keller and Jayden Huelsman), seventh, 4:06.19.
DIVISION III BOYS
110 hurdles: Tyler Schwieterman, Coldwater, seventh, 15.36.
100: Justin Richards, Anna, second, 10.98; Ashton Young, Catholic Central, fifth, 10.95.
4×200 relay: Mechanicsburg (Kailen Butler, Jack Wolf, Peyton Leeson and Jake Hurst), fourth, 1:31.23; Anna (Brandon Axe, Xavier McEldowney, Ben McDermott and Justin Richards), sixth, 1:31.24.
4×100 relay: Catholic Central (Tyler Young, Tyrone Myers, Daeshawn Martin and Ashton Young), first, 43.23; Anna (Brandon Axe, Xavier McEldowney, Ben McDermott and Justin Richards), third, 43.76; Marion Local (Brayden Pavelka, Kyle Otte, Peyton Moeller and Peyton Otte), sixth 44.02; Mechanicsburg (Kailen Butler, Jack Wolf, Jake Hurst and Peyton Leeson), seventh 44.05.
400: Dewey Hill, Dixie, third, 49.35.
300 hurdles: Tyler Schweiterman, Coldwater, second, 39.64; and Joseph Slonosky, Minster, seventh, 41.00.
4×400 relay: Fort Loramie (Colin Gasson, Trey Ranly, Colten Gasson and Frank Rethman), fifth, 3:28.27.