Although Edison will take 10 athletes to Ohio State’s Jesse Owens Stadium, the site of the Ohio High School Track & Field Championships Friday and Saturday, Chargers girls’ coach Dean Shelley assured that with a bit better luck, there could have been entries in four other events
“We did all right the first day at Lexington but we ran into an onslaught of fifth place finishes on the second day and that is heart-break,” the fourth-year coach said. “Three straight events, our athletes finished fifth. Our athletes as well as the coaching staff had hoped for better, but taking 10 down is still a good representation of the program.”
Returning, after a second place finish last year is the boys’ 3200 relay team.
This year’s team consists of senior Mike Blitz, juniors Lucas Wallace and Chris Hoffman and sophomore Clay Goodwin bring an 8:07.25 time from the regional tournament.
They are scheduled to run out of Lane 6 for their final at 1:45 p.m. Friday.
Marengo Highland has the top time entering the state at 8:01.27.
The Lady Chargers’ 3200 relay team of seniors Cassidy Pierce and Kristin McCarthy, junior Tori Stallkamp and freshman Madison Moyer carry the baton. They will run just prior to the boys’ 3200 relay, hoping to better their Lexington time of 9:47.21.
And they are going to have to improve if the qualifying times of other teams are correct.
Millersburg West Holmes brings in a best time of 9:27.14. The quartet from Kettering Alter advanced after running a 9:34.34. Two others teams have 9:37s.
The two Edison individuals are senior long jumper Brandon Cushler and sophomore 100 meter hurdler Caitlen Lonabarger.
Cushler jumped 21-10 at Lexington, which is among the best in the state.
Gallia Academy senior Logan Allison (22-9), University School junior Ryder Bell (22-4.50), McArthur junior Wade Barney (22-1) and Dayton Chaminade-Julienne junior Kyle McKinney (22-0.50) are all ranked ahead of Cushler.
The long jump event will commence at 9:30 a.m. Friday.
Lonabarger, who finished in the 300 hurdles last season at state, will have to qualify for the 2 p.m. Saturday finals Friday.
Running out of Lane 3 in the second heat, Lonabarger ran a 15.57 regional time.
Cincinnati North College Hill junior Jazmin Smith brings in a 14.85 mark, while Canal Fulton senior Meredith Fennell stepped them off in 14.94.
Willard has a girls’ 1600 relay team en route to the big show, along with junior 1600 meter entry Brady Deaner.
The quartet of seniors Bri Holthouse and Marie Thornton and juniors Alivia Parrott and Brittany Fry will run the 1600 relay.
They take a regional time of 4:03.41 into the first heat of the 4 p.m. Friday preliminaries.
The best times in Division II in the 1600 relay are from Dayton Meadowdale at 3:56.47 and Cleveland Beaumont 3:58.47.
Deaner goes directly to the 1:35 p.m. Saturday final. His regional time was 4:27.74.
The best time of the 16 entries is from Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy junior Ryan Adams at 4:20.67.
Five other entries have run the four laps in 5:23 and change.
One of the longest standing records at the state meet is in this race. Scott Fry, from Perkins in 1985, ran a 4:08.03.
Western Reserve junior Amanda Miller is competing in the Division II 3200.
Miller’s regional time of 11:30.80 places her in Lane 2.
Caledonia River Valley senior Hannah Campbell has the best time at 10:49.03.
Dayton Oakwood sophomore Mary Kate Vaughn is also sub 11:00, checking in at 10:58.81.
The race is at 2:45 p.m. Saturday.