OHSAA Track Championships conclude


Gallia Academy sophomore Madi Oiler (center) celebrates on the podium after claiming sixth in the 300m hurdles Saturday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Gallia Academy and Eastern track and field teams wrapped their respective seasons up at the 2015 OHSAA State Championships at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of The Ohio State University. GAHS had three athletes compete on Saturday, while Eastern had two.

The Blue Angels, who have scored at least one point at the state meet dating back to 1997, kept the streak alive as sophomore Madi Oiler placed sixth in the 300m hurdles with a time of 45.38 seconds. Oiler, who had the 11th fasted qualifying time coming into the meet, improved her time by more than a second from regionals.

“This entire season I have been working for a 45,” said Oiler. “I’ve been working on getting my arms down, I’ve been working on carrying through these last few hurdles and I feel really good because I accomplished that today. There was a lot of pressure on me today but I did it and I’m happy.”

Gallia Academy sophomore Mary Watts, who came in with the 15th fastest qualifying time, claimed 10th in the 1600m run with a time of 5:20.68.

The Division II girls team competition was won by Liberty-Benton with 45, followed by Meadowdale (32) and Lexington (28). The Blue Angels tied for 55th with three points in the meet.

The Blue Devils’ lone state competitor this season was sophomore Isaiah Lester, who claimed 15th in the 800m run with a time of 2:02.93.

Dayton Dunbar won the Division II boys team competition with a total of 64, followed by Lake Catholic (40), and Eastwood (29).

The Lady Eagles, who had five competitors on Friday, were represented on Saturday by freshman Jessica Cook in the 1600m run. Cook, who finished 12th in the race, posted a time of 5:17.55.

The girls’ Division III crown was won by St. Thomas Aquinas with 69, followed by Minster (58) and Miami Valley School (30).

Eagles sophomore Jett Facemyer, who had the 16th fastest qualifying time in the 800m run, claimed 14th in the race with a time of 2:02.54.

The Division III boys’ competition was won by Warren JFK with 48, followed by Maplewood 37 and Columbus Academy 28.

Complete results of the 2015 OHSAA State Championships can be found on the web at www.ohsaa.org

Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.

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