Zinni launches into fifth place

COLUMBUS – West Branch junior Jake Zinni’s first trip to the state track meet went better than expected.

“I felt real comfortable,” he said. “I thought I would be nervous.”

Zinni placed fifth in the Division II discus with a toss of 163-feet-10.

“Not my best, but I’ll take it,” he said. “It was my first time being here and I got on the podium.”

All six of his throws went over 152 feet. He had a 161-3 on his first attempt and got off his best throw of the day on his first toss in the finals.

“There was no real adjustment to the ring, just getting used to it,” he said.

Unioto junior Trevor Detillion won with a toss of 181-0, which was 10 inches better than Wauseon junior Noah Castle. The rest of the field was pretty close.

Six competitors went over 160 feet at regionals last week. Zinni was one of nine others to go over 150 feet.

“I knew the field was pretty crowded,” he said. “Down here, it comes down to who does best on this day.”

Zinni’s day was good enough to get him on the podium.

United junior Luke Cooper finished 11th (147-1) and Salem senior Elijah Bricker was 15th (132-7). Their best throws came on their first attempts.

Also of local interest, Mooney junior Dante Penza was eighth (153-5) and Carrollton junior Tyler Dodd was 13th (143-5).