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Perry lands on top of the heap

COLUMBUS — Crestview junior Dominic Perry stood on top of the podium at the state track meet Friday. He hopes his teammates will join him there today.

Perry became the third state track champion in school history, while both Rebel sprint relay teams advanced to today’s state finals.

He won the Division III state shot put title with a toss of 56-feet-8 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium after a third-place finish in Division II last year.

“It’s way more intense here and there are a lot of people,” Perry said. “The biggest thing is my nerves.”

He didn’t show it with a winning toss on his third and final toss in the preliminaries.

“I had a bunch of fans cheering me on,” Perry said. “It made for a great environment. It was just a great day.”

That toss put him 3 1/2 inches ahead of Paint Valley senior Travis Burton.

“I knew there were a lot of good throwers,” Perry said. “Coming into the finals, I was going to have to throw another foot or two.”

He didn’t have to as the throw held up.

“I was just going to try to do my best and whatever I got, I got,” he said. “I’ll definitely sleep well tonight.”

Crestview’s 400-meter relay team of seniors Luke Wickline and Dan Moore, junior Dylan Huff and freshman Ethan Powell was third in its heat and seventh overall (44.02 seconds).

The Rebel’s 800 relay team of senior Mitch Lindsay, junior Jayce Meredith, Moore and Powell was sixth in heat and eighth overall (1:31.76).

“We want to run our PRs and get the school record,” Moore said. “We just didn’t perform today.”

It was the first state appearance for the Rebel relay runners.

“It was pretty intimidating and tough to stay loose,” Moore said.

The Rebels saw room for improvement.

“We just have to run faster,” Moore said. ‘We just wanted to get to the finals. We’ll worry about that when we get there. All we have to do is run our times.”

Both teams will run in the state finals this morning.

“I’m just hoping they get on the podium,” Perry said. “I want them to do well.”

Meet notes

¯ “In middle school I was a runner,” Perry said. “I knew I had a better path throwing than running.”

¯ Perry noticed that former Crestview Andris Baltputnis announced the Division III shot put medal winners. Baltputnis is in his 17th year as the public address announcer at the state meet.

¯ Perry, also a first-team All-Ohio offensive lineman, said he has had inquiries from colleges for football and track, but so far no offers.

“This summer I’m going to try and maybe do some AAU meets,” he said. “Then football will be right around the corner.”

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