State Track

It’s been a long time since i have covered the OHSAA State
Track and Field competition in Columbus. My first event was Lakota’s Jacob Smith in the 100m hurdles at
9:35am, seen above. Once i checked in and picked up my credential and "heat sheet" i was off
to work. Thanks to the help of Assistant Sports Editor Kevin Gordon, he had my day all mapped out for
me. All of the events that i had to photograph were spread out throughout the day, which made work much
easier. I was amazed how smoothly the track event is run. My first event started at 9:35am on the dot
and my last event ended at 6:05pm on the dot. SEE MORE
PHOTOS
Elmwood’s Katie Reiser during the 200m dash.
Seeing that everyone is dressed in
almost identical clothing, many athletes look to add some personal touches to stand out from the
crowd.
Eastwood’s Jake Rogers crosses the finish line in the 4×100.
Once the athletes have
competed and placed they are directed to the awards podium, where they are photographed.
After being on the winner’s podium athletes proudly display their medals.
With time to kill in between races it is always fun looking for visually interesting
photographs.
This is inside the photo break/work room. This year they offered pretzels, water,
and pop. Earlier i had to purchase a three dollar hot dog and four dollar diet coke.
Eastwood’s Jason Faykosh before the 4×400 relay.
It’s fun watching the kids as they
line-up before their races, trying to stay loose and keep their nerves under control.
Volunteers play a big part keeping this track event running on time. Seen here they make sure
a runner makes it off the track safely before collapsing.