Rebels have come a long way
COLUMBUS — The Crestview sprint relay teams were chasing school records before state medals.
“We weren’t thinking about state earlier in the year,” senior Luke Wickline said. “We were trying to get those records.”
The Rebels placed in the 400- and 800-meter relays at the Division III state track meet at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Saturday.
“It was great walking up the lanes and being here,” senior Mitch Lindsay said.
“That was a thrill,” junior Jayce Meredith said.
The Rebels’ 400 relay team of senior Dan Moore, junior Dylan Huff, freshman Ethan Powell and Wickline was fourth (43.69 seconds).
The 800 relay team of Lindsay, Moore, Meredith and Powell was sixth (1:31.08).
They matched both 2011 sprint relay teams, which set the school records, as the only relay teams in Crestview history to place at state.
“So close,” Wickline said. “That’s what we’ve been trying to get all year.”
What would the Rebels have said if you told them at the start of the season where they would end up?
“You’re crazy,” Moore said.
“We got here with hard work and dedication,” Powell said.
The 800 relay team got things going by placing sixth.
“We wanted to stay modest and not get ninth place,” Lindsay said. “We wanted to stand on the podium.”
Minutes later the 400 relay team placed higher.
“Our goal was top four and we got fourth,” Moore said.
“Team bond, that’s what we had this year and why we are here,” Powell said.
The race went by in a 43-second blur.
“I remember Powell starting and thinking that was good,” Moore said. “And then he handed off to Luke and that was really good. Then I blacked out.”
The Rebels grateful for the experience of running at state, let alone placing twice.
“It was great,” Huff said. “By far better than what people think.”
The Rebels will return three of their top six relay runners next season as they continue to chase the school records.
“It won’t stay for long, a year or two,” Lindsay said. “I think they will come back (to state). There’s a lot of potential with the underclassmen.”
¯ The Crestview boys had the best showing of any area team, tying for 11th in the Division team standings with 18 points.
East Canton boys repeated as the Division III team champion with 64 points. Smithville was second with 40.
¯ The Rebel relay teams watched junior teammate Dominic Perry win the state shot put title on Friday with a toss of 56-feet-8.
“That was wonderful to see him do that,” Meredith said. “He so deserved it. He’s worked hard for four years.”
“It was amazing,” Huff said.
“I can’t wait to see what he does next year,” Lindsay said.