Stokes, Jarrett gave it their all
COLUMBUS — Senior high jumpers Seth Stokes and Camryn Jarrett both had higher hopes at the state track meet, but they wouldn’t trade their experiences in their last track meet Friday.
“I’m walking away very happy,” Stokes said. “The first two jumps didn’t hurt me, but I think it was being at state and that was the adrenaline.”
Jumping with a painful foot injury, Stokes still placed seventh in the Division III boys high jump by clearing 6-foot-4 for his third trip to the podium.
Jarrett also returned to the podium by tying for fourth in the Division III girls high jump at 5-foot-2.
“This year is was kind of win-lose,” Jarrett said. “I stood on the podium, but I didn’t PR (personal record).”
A thunderstorm delayed the meet after Jarrrett’s first jump.
“It was a mental block with the rain and I sat in the car for an hour,” Jarrett said.
She didn’t have any misses until going out a 5-4.
“Our school record is 5-6 and it would have been good to have a chance to get that,” Jarrett said.
She joins a select few United athletes to make it to state three years.
“Just knowing I made it here three times and got on the podium twice and PR’d twice, it’s a big accomplishment,” Jarrett said.
Stokes cleared first three heights on opening attempts.
“I was able to wear the Lisbon jersey again and get a medal,” he said. “There’s nothing I can complain about.”
He passed at 6-5 due to his injury and had three misses at 6-6.
“But I still jumped at state,” Stokes said. “I won indoors and gave Lisbon the state title they wanted.”
Like Jarrett, Stokes has a long list of accomplishments.
“What I’ll remember is not the second-place finish or the third place the year before, but I’ll remember this meet,” he said. “All the competitors were nice. They were all talking and I like to talk.”
¯ Stokes and Jarrett both plan on jumping for the Youngstown State University track team next season.
¯ The meet was suspended at 4:26 p.m. for lightning and then rain moved through the area.
It hit between the Division II and I races and the delay amounted to about 90 minutes.
¯ In the first Division I race, the Gahanna Lincoln girls 3200-meter relay team smashed all the state records in a time of 8 minutes, 56.2 seconds — the top prep time in the nation this season.