Crestview finishes off best track season so far
COLUMBUS — The Crestview Rebels had their best showing ever in Columbus at the 111th annual state track and field meet.
Junior Dominic Perry won the state title in the Division III shot put Friday, while the Rebels’ sprint relay teams both made it on the podium Saturday.
“It was nice,” Crestview boys coach Greg Woolman said. “I’ve only been coaching track for seven years and last year was the first time I was at the state meet. I was nervous and I can imagine what that was like for them.
“This year going with seven kids down there, I was nervous watching as a coach. The biggest meet we ever ran at was the regionals and there wasn’t a fraction of the people that were down there.”
Crestview tied for 11th in the Division III boys team standings with 18 points.
“I knew Dominic would go for sure, especially after after dropping a division and getting stronger,” Woolman said.
Perry was first in every meet but one this season.
“It’s nice because he embraces the competition,” Woolman said. “We always have a thing with his throws coach, Matt Evans. Before the finals he always asks, ‘What time is it?’ and Dominic says, ‘It’s winning time.’ He has the mindset he’s going to win every meet and that’s what he does.”
The Rebels’ 400-meter relay team of seniors Luke Wickline and Dan Moore, junior Dylan Huff and freshman Ethan Powell was fourth (43.69 seconds).
The 800-meter relay team of senior Mitch Lindsay, junior Jayce Meredith, Moore and Powell was sixth (1:31.08).
“At the beginning of the year I saw how we did indoor, we ran a 1:35,” Woolman said. “I knew the guys could run a lot better.”
The Rebels will return three of their top six relay runners next season.
“It’s hard losing those three seniors,” Woolman said. “I talked to them after the meet and said you have left some pretty big shoes to fill. They may not be the fastest kids, but they worked hard to improve.
“We have a lot of underclassman who can fill in and will do fine.”
Wellsville sophomore Justin Wright missed a state title by 1/100th of a second.
He was second in the 100-meter dash (10.74 seconds) and third in the 200-meter dash (21.98 seconds) on Saturday.
Wright was disappointed after posting the top times in both events in the preliminaries the day before. But he still had the best times of any Columbiana County sprinter at the state track meet since the OHSAA switched to meters.
He missed the Division III state title in the 100 dash by 1/100th of a second and as was 8/100ths of a second from being the fastest sprinter across all three divisions.
“I watched him in the 100,” Woolman said. “Justin is a great kid. He’s one of the nicest kids we’ve run against.
“Before the meet started Saturday, our kids and him walked around the track together and chatted. That’s the nice thing about track. You run against some of these kids all year and you get to know them. It’s nice to see that.”
Wright is the top underclassman in both dashes in Division III.
“He’s so young, he has two years left and the competition he will see will help him,” Woolman said. “Our area will be loaded in track next year, especially with Salem.”
• Wright is the first Wellsville boy to place at state since 2005, when John Martin was sixth in the Division III shot put (52-9 3/4).
• Lisbon senior high jumper Seth Stokes placed seventh in Division III, becoming only the third county high jumper to score three years in a row at state.
He joins Salem’s Jack Alexander (1953-1956) and Crestview’s Jakob Leon (2007-09).
• You never know what you’re going to get in the high jump, just ask United senior and three-year Division III state qualifier Camryn Jarrett.
Jarrett placed fifth in 2016 (5-foot-4), ninth in 2017 (a personal-best 5-5) and tied for fourth in 2018 (5-foot-2).
“It was a little disappointing I didn’t PR (personal record), but I made it on the podium,” Jarrett said.
Last year there were 24 girls who cleared 5-foot-5 at the state meet. This year there were 11, seven of them in Division I.
• Newton Falls senior Izzy Kline won the Division III shot put after finishing second to East Liverpool’s Lindsay Baker in Division II last year.
The University of Cincinnati recruit has a busy Friday, starting with a fourth-place finish in the discus (130-1).
In the afternoon, she won the shot put by 3 inches on her last attempt with a throw of 46-feet-3. She had five throws over 44 feet.
The high jump was going on at the same time as she went back and forth. She finished 10th in the high jump by clearing a personal-best 5-foot-2. She only practiced the high jump once before the regional meet.
“I feel like I could’ve got 5-4,” Kline said. “I was more driven to win a state championship in shot put.”
• The Valley Christian boys won the Division III 800-meter relay Saturday, giving the Youngstown School its first state title. The Eagles finished fourth at the Massillon Perry regional meet last week, one spot behind Crestview.
• There is construction going on all around the campus of Ohio State University. The new men’s hockey arena is going up just north of Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.