COLUMBUS— Lakota junior Roger Guerra earned All-Ohio honors in the high jump Friday during the Division
III state track and field meet at Ohio State University’s Jesse Owens Stadium.
He finished seventh with a height of 6-4 to receive the all-state recognition which goes to the top eight
finishers in each event.
“I’m disappointed because I thought I could have been in the top three, but I’m happy to place,” said
Guerra, who jumped 6-5 last week to win the Tiffin regional. “I could have done better.”
Guerra was a four-event state qualifier.
Guerra was ninth in the long jump at 21-4 3/4 and advanced to today’s finals of the 100 by finishing
fourth in his heat at 11.26. The top four finishers in each heat qualified for the finals.
Guerra’s time was the eighth-fastest of the eight finalists.
He also ran the first leg in the semifinals of the 400 relay where Lakota was 13th overall with a time of
44.88. The eight fastest times, regardless of heat, qualify for the finals in the relays.
Also running the relay were seniors Austin McGown and Jacob Smith, and sophomore Jason Moore.
Guerra competed in all of his events Friday. He started with the 100 at 10:25 a.m., followed by the relay
at 11:10, the high jump at 1 p.m. and the long jump at 4.
“It’s a little tiring. It’s a little hot, but I’m going for every event,” he said. “When I competed in
each event, I just told myself that’s the only event I’m here for and I took it slowly, one by one. I
was trying to do my best.”
Smith and Northwood senior Kyle Gunn qualified for the finals of the 110 hurdles, finishing second and
third, respectively, in the same heat.
Smith was timed in 14.69 and Gunn advanced in 14.79. They ran the third- and fourth-fastest times of the
Gunn also cleared 6-0 for 14th place in the high jump.
Northwood’s 800 relay team didn’t qualify for its finals.
The team of sophomore Seth Dunbar, and seniors Chris Keith, Spencer Guerrero and Gunn was 15th in
Elmwood’s 3,200 relay team finished 14th in the finals of its event with a time of 8:22.55.
Running the relay were senior Cody Alexander, junior Travis Wagner, and seniors Alex Betts and Thor
In the girls meet, Elmwood junior Katie Reiser advanced to the finals of the 100 and the 200.
She was second in both semifinals of her races, running a time of 12.11 in the 100 and 25.07 in the 200.

Reiser’s semifinal time in the 100 was the second-fastest of the finalists and her 200 time was the
Gates Mills Gilmour Academy sophomore Candace Longino-Thomas was fastest in both races, 11.86 in the 100
and 24.53 in the 200. She was second in the state in both races last year, while Reiser was fifth in the
100 and sixth in the 200.
In the Division I girls meet, Perrysburg junior Cameron Gardner advanced to the finals of the 200. She
finished second in her heat with a time of 24.89, the sixth-fastest of the finalists.
Gardner missed the finals of the 100, finishing fifth in her heat (11.88).
In the Division I boys meet, Pemberville resident and senior Chris Madaras ran on the Toledo St. John’s
3,200 relay team which finished 12th in 8:03.07. ­— GORDON