Perrysburg's Jordan Doore competes in the 3200 relay final during the Ohio state track meet at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus. The Yellow Jackets finished in second place.
COLUMBUS — Perrysburg’s Courtney Clody, Taylor Monheim, Jordan Doore, and Emily Wyrick entered the Division I state meet on Friday evening with high expectations.
Southview's Malcolm Johnson qualifies for today's 100 meter finals. He also made the finals in the 200 meters.
The Yellow Jackets foursome arrived at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium with the top D-I state meet qualifying time for the 3200 meter relay and then went out and turned in one of their best times of the season.
Perrysburg's Emily Wyrick anchors the Yellow Jackets' 3200 relay to a time of 9:16.64.
Yet, their time of 9 minutes, 16.64 seconds was only good enough for second place, behind a Mason team that posted a winning time of 9:11.06.
“We knew we were going to have some competition because the state is the best of the best,” said Wyrick, who, along with her teammates, shed a few tears after coming up short of their goal.
Nonetheless, Wyrick, the lone senior of the four, put the moment in perspective.
“We've had a great season,” she said. “We all ran great times. Everyone did well.”
Wyrick (800 meters), Clody (1600), and Monheim (3200) still have individual events to run later today.
Friday evening also turned into disappointment for Rogers sprinter Sasha Dailey, who was making a return to the state track championships two years after helping lead the Rams to a D-II state runner-up team showing.
The Rams junior appeared on her way to qualifying for the 200 final when she stumbled and fell to the ground 20 meters from the finish line.
Dailey, who was comfortably on her way to finishing in at least second place in her heat before the fall, picked herself up and completed the race with a time of 33.49.
“My legs just gave out at the end,” said Dailey, who also attempted to fight back her own tears.
Northview's Janelle Noe ran second in her preliminary heat of the 300 hurdles (44.43) and earned a spot in the final.
Notre Dame's Chantalia Young ran in the prelimaries of the 100 and 200, but wasn't able to advance into either of the finals.
Young, a junior, posted a time of 12.31 in the 100 and raced to a time of 25.62 for the 200.
Clay's Grace Winckowski ran a time of 15.80 in the 100 hurdles, which wasn't among the top nine times to qualify for the final.
However, Findlay's Tyler Brown ran a steady pace and won his heat in the 400 with a time of 48.38. It proved to be the fastest time of the day.
Southview junior Malcolm Johnson advanced to the finals in the boys 100 and 200 races after turning in preliminary times of 10.67 and 21.70, respectively. He also ran a strong leg on the Cougars' 800 relay team. Johnson, Keith Gilmore, J.J. Pinckney, and Perry Burkes earned a spot in the final after turning in a preliminary heat time of 1:28.07, which was the third-fastest time heading into the final.
The Cougars’ 1600 relay team (Chad Justus, Burkes, Jeremy Cook, Pinckney) also will run in a final event after producing a time of 3:20.16 in the preliminaries, which was the fifth-best time of the day.
Pinckney's day also will involve competing in the 400 final after posting a time of 49.28 in a preliminary race.
“I feel blessed to be here, but this was not my best,” Pinckney said.
Start senior Dionte Carey kept his season alive by securing a spot in the 300 hurdles final after turning in a preliminary heat time of 39.44.
St. Francis de Sales' Daniel Lenart, David St. John, Jacob Baugh, and Kyle Lach finished 14th in the 3200 relay with a time of 8:03.03.
Clay's Jack Nagy posted a time of 14.87 in the 110 hurdles, but didn't crack a spot in the final.
Central Catholic’s Aaron Taylor, James Freeman, Elijah Morant, and Tre’Von Wade posted a time of 43.02 in a 400 relay preliminary heat. It was the 13th fastest time on the day but didn’t earn them a spot in the final.
Freeman posted a time of 10.77 in a 100 preliminary heat, which wasn't fast enough to compete today in the sprint final.