LEXINGTON – Alexis Levin already is looking forward to next season.
Although the Otsego sophomore didn’t qualify for the state track and field meet, she was happy with her
performance Saturday.
Levin finished seventh in the long jump and eighth in the 200 during the Division II regional at
Lexington High School.
The top eight finishers in each event scored in the regional, with the top four qualifying for next
weekend’s state meet at Ohio State University’s Jesse Owens Stadium.
Meet officials even set up an awards podium for the top eight finishers to be recognized after their
Levin jumped 16-3 1/2 in the long jump had a time of 27.29 in the 200.
"I’m happy I scored in both events, that was my goal coming in," said Levin, who holds the
Otsego record in the long jump. "You always want to win, but the competition here is really good
and this is something I can build on for next year."
Levin also qualified for the regional in the 100 and the 1,600 relay, but didn’t advance to the finals
during the semifinals on Thursday. She also qualified for the regional in the long jump as a freshman,
finishing 12th.
"I’m going to work hard over the summer to get stronger and to improve," she said. "I
really want to get to state next season.
"When you see the athletes who finish ahead of you, that really shows you how good you need to be to
get to state. You know what you need to do."
Also for the Knights, senior Kara Dickey tied for 12th in the pole vault at 8-6 and freshman Kylee
Bernthisel was 14th in the 1,600 with a time of 6:03.76.
Eastwood senior Rhea Black was eighth in the 400 with a time of 62.79, while classmate Emily Bockbrader
made the finals of the discus and finished ninth with a throw of 106-9.
Eastwood freshman Jena Jacoby also competed in the discus, finishing 12th with a throw of 103-3.
In the boys meet, Lake juniors Zack Powell and Louis Szilagyi finished eighth and 14th, respectively, in
the 1,600. Powell had a time of 4:37.09, while Szilagyi’s time was 4:56.48.
Rossford senior Shawn Bryant was 12th in the 3,200 with a time of 10:32.98.