State Track Athletes Begin Competition

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The Ohio High School Athletic Association’s State Track meet is underway at three locations in the state.

Division I competitors are in Hilliard. Division II is at Pickrington North and Division III athletes are at Westerville North.

The day began with a number of field competitions.

It’s been a quiet day so far. Maysville High School Senior Ethyn McClelland finished just shy of the podium in the boy’s shot put. His mark of 55’2” was enough to get him a fourth place finish. He was edged out by Lakeview’s Charles Pawlosky who had a mark of 55’7”.

The track events at the state tournament are beginning to wrap up for the day and many area athletes have qualified for Saturdays finals.

In Division I:

The Granville “A” relay team competed in the boys 4×100 Relay. They qualified in the fifth spot with a time of 42.36. They finished behind Marion Harding, LaSalle, Gahanna Lincoln and Springfield.

In the boys 4×200 Relay Granville again qualified with a time of 1:28:71.

In Division 2:

Two MVL standouts will compete Saturday in the finals of the 100 Hurdles. John Glenn’s Hannah Clifford took the third spot in qualifying with a time of 15.65 and Morgan’s Odessa Smith qualified in the six spot with a time of 15.75.

On the boys side of the 100 hurdles it was Heath High School’s Huntyr Butler taking the top spot to move on to the finals. He finished with a time of 14.52.

Another pair of MVL girls will compete in the finals in the girls 100 Dash. River View’s Kelsey Hartsock and Morgan’s Josie Knierim moved on in the 5th and 8th spot. Hartsock had a time of 12.24 and Knierim a time of 12.64.

Meadowbrook’s Kahle Flowers will move on in the Boys 100 Dash. He took the third spot with a time of 11.13.

In the girls 400 relay teams from both Morgan and River View advance. Morgan took the 5th spot with a time of 49.92 and River View came in with a time of 50.05.

Licking Valley’s Reagan Campbell finished first to move on in the Girls 400 Dash. She had a time of 57.74.

In the girls 300 hurdles it was Morgan’s Odessa Smith taking the third spot in the fourth spot in the qualifier. She finished with a time of 45.52.

River View’s Kelsey Hartsock also advanced in the girls 200 dash with a time of 25.30 to take the 6th spot.


Crooksville’s Gretta Barker came out strong taking the top qualifying spot in the girls 100 dash. She had a time of 12.29. She also qualified in the girls 200 dash with a time of 25.82 for the second spot.

Crooksville’s girls 400 relay is also moving on to Saturday. They qualified in the sixth spot with a time of 50.67.

Nichole Hannahs
Nichole is WHIZ’s News Director/Anchor. She joined the WHIZ family while attending high school at Bishop Rosecrans, before taking a full-time position in 2005. Nichole is no stranger to the area. She grew up in Corning, Ohio and and graduated from Waynesburg College, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications emphasizing in Sports Broadcasting/Sports Information and Journalism.When not at work Nichole enjoys watching St. Louis Blues hockey, enjoying time with family, spending time outdoors and reading.If Nichole wasn't in broadcasting she'd probably have become a teacher.Nichole is married to a fellow sports fan Brandon. They have two sons Cameron and Xavier.