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Willard's Holida ends state runner-up in high jump at Indoor championships

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Updated Mar 4, 2019 at 11:49 AM

GENEVA — Willard senior Joey Holida finished as the state runner-up in the Division II-III high jump competition on Saturday at the OATCCC indoor state championships, held at SPIRE Institute in Geneva.

Holida was one of three competitors to clear 6-feet-4 on Saturday, but finished tied for second based on the tiebreaks at that height. He also cleared 6-4 on Feb. 10 at an indoor meet held at Tiffin University — and that height is also his personal-best outside, which he did at last May’s SBC championships.

Also for Willard, Josh Holida was 13th out of 23 competitors in the shot put with a best toss of 47-feet-5.5 inches. The 4x800 relay team for the Crimson Flashes placed 12th out of 22 teams, as the quartet of Justin Gillmor, Landon Schaffer, Trenton Rupert and Zach Keaton finished with a time of 8:47.54.

Also from the area, New London’s Jacob Allen was eighth out of 22 athletes in the Div. II-III pole vault finals. Allen cleared at an even 14 feet — also his height last June at the OHSAA state championships in Columbus, which earned him seventh on the podium for All-Ohio honors.

The outdoor track and field season for area high school teams begins on March 23.

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