|Division I-III state track: Perrysburg girls 3,200 relay finishes 2nd|
|Written by Kevin Gordon Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor|
|Friday, 07 June 2013 18:45|
Unfortunately for the Yellow Jackets, they fell just short of their goal of a state championship. PHOTO GALLERY
They finished second in their race at the Division I state track and field meet at Ohio State University’s Jesse Owens Stadium.
The team of juniors Courtney Clody and Taylor Monheim, sophomore Jordan Doore and senior Emily Wyrick had a time of 9:16.64.
The time was just off their school record of 9:15.62 set last week when they won the regional championship at Amherst Steele.
Mason won the state title in 9:11.06, while Cincinnati McAuley was third in 9:20.10.
By finishing in the top eight, the Yellow Jackets earned All-Ohio honors and were recognized on the awards podium after the race.
“We thought of this as another race. There was no pressure,” said Wyrick, whose strong anchor leg moved Perrysburg into second place. “We wanted to do the best we could. Our ultimate goal was to get on the podium, so we did that. We’re happy. We were fine with our performance.”
Wyrick moved into second with just less than 200 meters remaining, but didn’t have enough time to catch Mason.
The Yellow Jackets were bidding for a second state title in the race after winning the indoor championship in March.
“That was a great start for our season and gave us a lot of confidence and encouragement,” Wyrick said. “We had a great season and then we got to this point and everyone ran as hard as they could.
“We all ran great times and fought for places,” Wyrick added. “I’m proud of all of (my teammates) and how it all worked out.”
Perrysburg entered the state meet with the fastest regional time of the 16 state qualifiers by seven seconds, but it was never in contention for the championship.
The Yellow Jackets were 13th after the first lap in the race where the four runners each run two laps. Perrysburg was sixth after the second lap and methodically improved its position after that.
“We knew we were going to have competition,” Wyrick said. “We knew we were going to be pushed because states is the best of the best.
“We knew Mason was going to be one of the top dogs, so we weren’t surprised they were up top,” Wyrick added. “We didn’t let that shake us. We were still confident, determined. Second place, we’ll take that.”
Mason’s regional time was 9:28.84.
“Regionals is the most nerve wracking because it gets you to here,” Wyrick said. “When you get here, it is so exciting. You have so much adrenalin and you just want to get going.
“We had more excitement than nerves, and that really helped us and made us really competitive and determined,” Wyrick said.
Wyrick, Clody and Monheim have another chance to earn All-Ohio honors Saturday.
Wyrick will compete in the 800, while Clody will run in the 1,600 and Monheim will participate in the 3,200.
In the Division III boys meet, Elmwood’s boys 3,200 relay team finished 13th.
The team of sophomore Andrew Jasso, senior Lorne Strausbaugh, sophomore Josh Mathias and senior Alex Jasso had a time of 8:20.17.
The Royals’ 1,600 relay team didn’t make the finals of its event.
The team of sophomore Austin Jasso, Alex Jasso, senior Michael Baer and junior Aaron Arnold had a time of 3:30.26. The time was 13th-fastest of the 16 state qualifiers, but only the top nine advanced.
Arnold also tied for 14th the long jump, fouling on all three of his attempts.
In the girls meet, Lakota junior Cariss Reese failed to make the finals of the 300 hurdles with a time of 47.97, the 10th fastest.
Lakota junior Makayla Kiser tied for 13th in the pole vault (9-0).
|Last Updated on Saturday, 08 June 2013 08:40|
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