COLUMBUS — Fulton County athletes competed hard, however, they had trouble manifesting podium worthy performances at the Ohio High School Athletic Association State Track and Field Championships held Friday and Saturday in Columbus. The state meet was back at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium for the first time since 2019.
The top finish in the area came from the Archbold boys 4x200m relay in Division III that placed seventh. Their quartet of Karter Behnfeldt, Chase Miller, Gavin Bailey and Dane Riley made the podium with a time of 1:31.75 in the race.
The Blue Streaks also had qualifying relay teams in the 4x100m and 4x400m, but neither of those qualified for the finals.
On the girls side for Archbold, Sophie Rupp competed in the Division III high jump. She bowed out after clearing 5 feet, taking 17th overall.
Swanton’s Kayden Davis, after placing sixth a year ago at state in the Division II high jump, just missed the podium at this year’s event. He took ninth after clearing 6 feet, 4 inches on his third attempt. That was also the top height Davis cleared at the 2021 competition.
Davis’ best try at 6-5 was probably his second, but he was having issues with jumping too soon according to Swanton coach Ryan Borer. Being only a junior, Davis will have the opportunity to make it back down to Columbus and make the podium for a second time at next year’s meet.
Swanton’s Trista Eitniear finished 13th in girls shot put. Despite not making the finals in the event, she did set a new personal record of 37 feet, 2 and 1/2 inches.
The Evergreen girls 4x100m relay finished 12th and did not qualify for the finals. Representing the Vikings in that relay were Brianna Sintobin, Deanna Huffman, Brooklynn Spradlin and Andrea Van Wert.
On the boys side in the field, Jonas Tester of Wauseon took 14th in the long jump. Tester’s best leap was one of 20 feet, 8 and 3/4 inches. He did not make the finals in the event.
Wauseon’s Matthew Shaw finished 18th in the shot put. Shaw, who advanced to state on an at-large bid from the regional, posted a best toss of 48 feet, 2 and 3/4 inches.
The Indians also notched at-large bids from Grace Rhoades in the girls 3200m and Hunter Wasnich in that same race on the boys side.
Wasnich finished 18th in the race with a time of 9:53.76. Rhoades took 13th with a time of 11:46.24.
Wauseon had a distance runner in the boys 1600m as well, that being Jack Callan. He finished 12th and ran the race in 4:24.68.
Both Rhoades and Callan will get a chance to make it back to the state meet in 2023 as both are juniors.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010.