COLUMBUS, Ohio — Eight was enough, but just barely.
In finishing eighth for the second consecutive year in the 1600m run, recent Gallia Academy graduate Peyton Adkins added another podium finish to her storied running career Saturday at the 2012 OHSAA Track and Field Championships held at Jesse Owens Stadium on the campus of the Ohio State University.
More importantly, Adkins’ final effort as a member of the Blue Angels kept one very impressive streak intact. The GAHS girls have now scored at least one point at the Division II state meet for the last 16 seasons, dating back to the 1997 campaign.
Adkins — a four-time state qualifier in both track and cross country — earned the second podium finish of her career in the 1600m event with a mark of 5:14.12, which was about one second slower than last year’s eighth-place time of 5:13.09.
Adkins — a 10-time SEOAL champion in track and the 2012 SEOAL Athlete of the Year as the high-point scorer — is headed to Ohio University to continue her running career in the fall.
Gallia Academy sophomore Hannah Watts also competed in a Saturday final, but ultimately missed out on a podium finish following a ninth-place effort of 59.38 seconds in the 400m dash.
The Blue Angels — with one point — tied with 10 other teams for 63rd place out of 72 scoring teams in Division II. Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary won the D-2 girls title with 55 team points.
Southern’s Kody Wolfe was the lone local athlete to compete in Division III on Saturday, as the junior pulled double-duty in both the 1600m and 3200m runs.
Wolfe — who competed in the 3200m final last spring (10:08.42) — finished 11th overall for the second straight year after posting a time of 10:04.10. Wolfe also finished 10th in the 1600m run with a mark of 4:31.89.
Columbus Academy won the Division III boys title with 64 points. Eastern — thanks to five points from senior Tyler Cline in the discus event Friday — finished tied for 41st with 10 other teams out of the 73 schools that scored.
Cline — who finished fourth in the D-3 discus final for a second straight spring — became the first Eagle to finish on the podium in multiple years at state and also extended the Eastern boys’ state scoring streak to three consecutive seasons.
Complete results of the 2012 OHSAA Track and Field Championships are available on the web at ohsaa.org