Hurdlers Marinice Bauman and Jamie Annis led a parade to the podium Saturday, finishing second and third in their respective events to highlight what was a busy final day at the OHSAA State Track and Field Championships.
Olentangy’s Bauman had the best finish among Delaware County standouts, securing state runner-up honors for the second straight year in the 300-meter hurdles thanks to a time of 42.22 seconds. Canal Winchester senior Jocselyn Powell was the only girl to post a faster time, winning the state crown in 42.08 seconds.
Big Walnut’s Annis, meanwhile, nabbed a top-three finish after crossing the line behind Powell and Withrow’s Arbia Williams with a time of 14.78 seconds in the 100-meter race. Powell swept the hurdle events by winning in 13.98 seconds.
Buckeye Valley junior Savannah Amato, who finished fourth in the girls’ Division II pole vault final, was among a handful of other local standouts to proudly stand on the podium after securing a top-eight finish.
Amato equaled her own school record, 11-04, to climb as high as fourth in the state. Her effort equaled that of Orrville’s Maddie Jarrett and Allison Plybon, but misses proved to be the difference between second and fourth. Fairless senior Allyson Simmons took top honors in the event with a Division II, state meet and Owens Stadium record of 13-04.25.
Other local state placers included Liberty senior Josh Wojociechowski, who closed sixth in the boys’ mile run with an effort of 4:14.20; and Patriot junior Claire Wiles, who finished seventh in the girls’ 1,600-meter run with a time of 5:03.27.
Liberty senior Andrew Johnston and Big Walnut junior Cole Stark also competed in Saturday’s finals. Johnston finished 10th in the 3,200-meter run in 9:24.90 while Stark finished 10th in the long jump with a leap of 21-07.75.