Derrick Webb, Staff Writer
COLUMBUS — One state champion, four runner-up finishes and many other benchmark performances describe the weekend Southern Ohio athletes had at the OHSAA Track and Field State Championships.
If you missed any of the action, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a full breakdown of how all the athletes in SOSA’s coverage area fared at Ohio State’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Friday and Saturday.
On Friday, Waverly’s Cody Remington leapt a distance of 22-feet-8.5 in the long jump, a mark that was good enough for a state-runner up finish.
Remington’s teammate Kaila Barr also competed Friday, finishing 11th in the discus with a best throw of 123 feet.
Just after Remington took second place in his event, Northwest’s Haidyn Wamsley did the same in the high jump, finishing with a high mark of 5-5. Wamsley also competed in the 100-meter hurdles, taking 15th overall with a finish time of 16.25 seconds.
Wamsley’s male counterparts, Chase McClay and Landen Smith, also competed in individual events. McClay took 10th in the 300 hurdles (39.89) while Smith finished the 1600-meter run in 4:27.95, an 11th place showing.
McClay also competed in the 4×800-meter run, alongside teammates Josh Shope, Landen Smith, and Gabe Morrell. That group finished on the podium, capturing a seventh place finish at 8:04.98.
Representing the Scioto Valley Conference in Division II was Westfall’s Marcus Whaley and Unioto’s pair of Eric Hacker and Jaden Watkins.
Whaley, a sophomore, took 13th place in the 300 hurdles at 40.30 seconds while Hacker and Watkins finished 16th and 17th in the 3200 run with times of 10:05.57 and 10:36.05, respectively.
Miami Trace’s Macy Creamer earned a podium finish in the 300 hurdles, taking fifth place at 44.25 seconds, while also helping the Panthers’ 4×100 relay — alongside Isabella Vanover, Alyssa Butler and Lilly Litteral — take 17th overall with a finish time of 50.80 seconds.
Also competing for Miami Trace was Wyatt Cory, who placed on the podium with a seventh place finish in the pole vault (14-feet-2).
Rounding out the coverage area’s action in Division II was Hillsboro’s shot put pair of Draven Stodgel and Deon Burns, as well as Washington sprinter Rayana Burns in the 400 dash.
Stodgel took ninth (52-4), Burns came in 11th (51-2.4), and Burns finished 10th (59.19).
Leading Division III’s participants was undoubtedly Wheelersburg senior Paige Emnett, who took first and second in her events. Emnett won the discus throw state title with a best heave 139 feet and took second in the shot put with a throw of 43-2.5.
Emnett had plenty of teammates participating alongside her, including Libby Miller, Gabby Deacon, Alyssa Dingus, Lauren Jolly and Lani Irwin.
Miller finished ninth overall in the 100 dash (13.09) while helping the 4×100 relay — Deacon, Irwin and Jolly — take a 12th place finish (50.85) and the 4×200 relay — Dingus, Irwin and Jolly — finish ninth overall (1:47.77).
Southeastern’s Lane Ruby also fared extremely well, finishing second in the long jump (23-2.5) and third in the 100 dash (11.16).
Paint Valley’s Brayden Ison, Caleb Adams, Justin Draise, and Malique Davis, as well as Adena’s Tate Adams rounded out the SVC’s participants.
Ison and Adams competed individually as Ison took 13th in the 100 dash (11.42) and Adams finished 14th in the 400 dash (51.35). Ison also helped PV’s 4×100 relay, alongside Adams, Draise and Davis, take 10th (44.44).
South Webster’s Josiah Edwards, Valley’s Jacob Brickey, Eastern’s Evan Leist and Green’s Zach Huffman also earned podium finishes.
Edwards took eighth in the discus (154-4), Brickey was seventh in the shot put (52-8.5), Leist finished sixth in the 1600 run (4:25.19) and Huffman ended his year eighth in the 300 hurdles (40.43).