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Saturday, June 2, 2012

State Track Recap: 7 Red Riders named All-Ohio

Wanted to recognize the Orrville track program on another successful showing at the OHSAA State meet in Columbus.  The Red Riders sent down competitors in 7 events and placed in the top 8 in 5 of the 7.  A top 8 finish earns All-Ohio honors.

Leading the way were field events where senior Lexi Jarrett finished 2nd in the Div. 2 Pole Vault with a jump of 11'6". That breaks her own school record and establishes a new Wayne County record. (the county record is 11'8" set by Chelsea Detweiler of Dalton in 2008).  The area record of 12'0" set by Stephanie Foster of Cloverleaf in 2010 still stands.  Jarrett finished 5th in last year's pole vault, making her 2nd place finish this year her 2nd straight All-Ohio finish in pole vault.

Fellow senior Stewart Turner Jr. finished 2nd in the boys long jump with a jump of 22' 11 3/4".  The winning jump was 22' even, meaning Stewart was just 1/4" from tying for first, and just 1/2" away from a state title.

On the girls side, senior Nicole Greegor capped an excellent career at Orrville with a 4th place finish in the girls 100m hurdles. This was her 3rd appearance at the state meet. She qualified for the 100 hurdles as a sophomore, junior and senior, and the 300 hurdles her junior year.

Also a senior, Drew Brenner finished 7th in the 300m hurdles.

Brenner also anchored the 4x200m relay team also consisting of Joel Zook, Elijah Coleman and Cody Weaver that finished 7th. 

So that's 7 Red Riders to leave Columbus with All-Ohio honors, with Brenner being a 2-time All-Ohioan.  All were seniors except for sophomores Joel Zook and Elijah Coleman.

Brenner capped a great senior season in which he earned All-Ohio honors in football and basketball as well as today's 2-time All-Ohio performance in track.  Pretty rare feat to be named a 4-time All-Ohioan in 3 sports in a single school season.  Guessing maybe Brent Steiner may be the only other recent graduate to be an All-Ohioan in 3 different sports in a single season. (Sam Reusser was a 3 sport All-Ohioan in 2010-11 in football, wrestling & track. Thanks to Coach Ayers for the reminder)  Add in his All-Ohio honor from this past football season and also his 2 All-Ohio honors last year in track and he's a 6-time All-Ohioan at Orrville.  Ashland U. sure has a good one coming their way.

I also want to mention Stewart Turner...he was a 3-time All-Ohioan last season in track, and made All-Ohio in both his junior and senior season in football at Orrville.  Add in this year's All-Ohio in the long jump, and he's also a 6-time All-Ohioan over the past 2 years.  So he was a 4-time All-Ohioan last year and Brenner did it this year.  Quite the accomplishment by both young men.

That's a wrap on another sports season at OHS.  The start of football practice is about 2 months away....won't be long.

1 comment:

Jason Ayers said...

Sam Reusser was also a 3 sport All-Ohioan.