HUBER HEIGHTS — This year’s Wayne Invitational had several records set this past week.
Xenia Christian’s Grace Norman, a Paralympics runner, broke the American and World Record in the 800 meter run by placing 10th overall in 2:22.28.
Kylie Cutlip, of Buckeye Trail, broke the Division III state record in the 300 hurdles, running 42.11 seconds. It currently is the fastest time in the state in all three divisions.
Hilliard Davison’s India Johnson, a junior, broke the meet record in the 3200 meter run (ELITE race), running 10:39.04, which is the fastest time in the state right now.
Minsters 4×800 meter relay team broke the meet record, running 9:22.95. That is also the fastest time in the state currently.
Greenville’s AJ Frens broke the meet record in the pole vault, clearing 15 feet 9 inches.
Mason’s Nicole Bagby tied the meet record in the pole vault, leaping 12 feet 6 inches.
“This marked the 4th time that a state record has been set at the Wayne Invitational, and the first time a World record has ever been set at our venue,” said Wayne Track Coach Michael Fernandez.
This meet exposed Northmont’s track teams to elite competition as the season heads down the stretch towards the Greater Western Ohio Conference meet and post season events.
The girls track team continues to peak and placed 8th overall out of 39 teams.
“Much improvement from a year ago when we only scored six points,” said Northmont Girls Coach Joe Barnes. “It was a vast improvement everywhere with 30 points this year. I am very pleased with our 4×100 hurdle team which ended up getting second and ran 1:07 and change, which was a personal record for them. I’m very pleased with Leila Hill, who is a freshman who made the finals in the 100 hurdles and Elisha Cooper made the finals in 200 and 400 meter dash.”
The 4000 Distance Medley Relay team of Melissa Barrett, Britney Amin, Aubrey Kosak and Kimea Lawrence placed 7th with a time of thirteen minutes, sixteen point 21 seconds (13:16.21)
Clara Leedy finished 20th (12:42.06) and Jordan Rife 25th (12:53.03) in the 3200 meter run.
The 400 Shuttle Hurdle Relay team of Bethany Thompson, Naomi Baker, Taylor Ross and Leila Hill placed 2nd with a time of 1:07.71.
In the 3200 relay the team of Amin, Anderson, Kennedy Simmons and Evans finished 20th in 11:23.77.
Leila Hill placed 5th in the 100 meter hurdles in 16.12 seconds.
The 800 meter relay team of Allison Moede, Jayla Tarver, Hunter Renner and Elisha Cooper finished 10th in 1:49.85.
Northmont’s 400 relay team of Claire Pilgrim, Allison Moede, Jayla Tarver and Tabatha Hannah placed 6th in 51.39 seconds.
Elisha Cooper placed 4th in the 400 meter dash in 1:00.29 and Mattea Parker was 23rd in 1:03.47.
Leila Hill finished 22nd in the 300 meter hurdles in 49.95 seconds and Bethany Thompson 37th in 52.32.
Melissa Barrett finished 13th in the 800 meter run in 2:23.60 while Jordan Rife was 47th in 2:41.22.
Elisha Cooper placed 6th in the 200 meter dash in 27.34 seconds.
The 1600 meter relay team of Parker, Amin, Anderson and Barrett finished 15th in 4:20.62.
Kimea Lawrence finished 11th in the 1600 meter run in 5:32.57 and Aubrey Kosak 26th In 5:46.21.
Taylor Selman placed 13th in the hammer throw at 69-feet, 5-inches.and Jasmine Hooks was 17th in 59-feet, 9-inches.
Dennisa Sly was 16th in the high jump at 4-feet, 9-inches and Allison Moede 25th at 4-feet, 6-inches.
Claire Pilgrim was 11th in the triple jump at 31-feet, 8.5-inches while Denissa Sly was 20th at 28-feet, 8.75-inches.
Saraea Spurgin was 13th in the pole vault at 9-feet, 8-inches and Rachel Leiter was 22nd at 8-feet even.
Jasmine Hooks was 26th in the discus throw 82-feet, 9-inches.
Naomi Baker placed 6th in the long jump with a leap of 16-feet, 2.5-inches and Claire Pilgrim 12th at 15-feet, 3-inches.
“Like I said last week, whereas in year’s past we have struggled at this point of the season and now we are improving,” Barnes added. “Now we are looking towards GWOC and to see what we can do at district. We are hoping for a district championship. We are hoping to get few decent practices in the next couple of days before we head to the Mason meet on Friday. They way everybody has been performing we are going to make some big noise in the next few weeks. Last year we were third or fourth at district, but I definitely think we can go out and get a district championship this year.”
Barnes also hopes to see the team do well at the GWOC meet. He noted that Wayne and Centerville are the two big schools that will pose the toughest competition. He feels his team can give them a run for their money.
Boys Finish 12th
The boys track team finished 12th overall out of 44 teams.
John Pierron, a sophomore, finished 33rd in the 3200 meter run in 10:50.34 while Jacob Bowers was 37th in 11:01.31.
The 800 relay team finished 9th in 1:32.69. The 400 relay team also finished 9th in 44.32 seconds.
Ethan Shade finished 16th in the 1600 meter run in 4:45.45.
Xavier Marable, a freshman, was 11th in the 400 dash in 52.18 seconds.
Shawn Richards was 28th in the 800 meter run in 2:06.35 while Gage Beireis was 30th in 2:06.44.
Kameron Gover placed 5th in the 200 meter dash with a time of 22.73 seconds.
The 1600 relay team was 12th in 3:36.23.
Wyatt Roberts, a freshman, was 40th in the 1600 meter run in 5:00.69.
Freshman Drake Hickman was 11th in the 300 hurdles in 40.93 seconds while Joe Sexton was 17th in 41.84.
Christian Champen placed 2nd in the pole vault at 15-feet.
“The Wayne Invite is the biggest meet of the years with 53 schools competing,” said Northmont Boys Coach Tony Broering. “We like to go there because it tells us where we are at before we get to the conference meet. We use Wayne to finalize who is on what relay team. The boys are coming along. This is a young team. Friday will be another big test for us because at Mason it is another big meet with all of the top Cincinnati schools and handful of the top Dayton schools. The Mason meet gets us ready for the regional and for our conference meet, which is next week.”
Girls Team Scoring
1. Centerville 96
2. Mason 93
3. Wayne 69
4. Lima Senior 53
5. Granville 52
6. Hil. Davidson 49
7. Minster 41.1
8. Northmont 30
9. Lak. West 29
10. Miamisburg 26
11. Troy 25
11. Alter 25
13. Beavercreek 23.6
14. Buckeye Trail 20
15. Lebanon 19
16. Stivers 17
17. Lak. East 14.6
18. Greenville 14
19. Brookville 12
20. Cham. Julienne 11
21. Butler 9
22. Dub. Jerome 8
22. Princeton 8
22. Piqua 8
25. Xenia Christian 6.6
26. Middletown 6
26. Turpin 6
26. Trotwood-Madison 6
26. Western Brown 6
30. Eaton 5
30. Peebles 5
30. New Albany 5
33. Oakwood 4
33. Bellbrook 4
35. Valley View 3.5
36. Tippecanoe 2
36. Fairmont 2
38. Carroll 1.6
39. Yellow Springs 1
Boys Team Scoring
1. Centerville 93
2. Mason 73
3. Lancaster 66
4. Glenville 52
5. Wayne 42.25
6. Hil. Davidson 39
7. Stivers 30
8. Lebanon 29
9. Middletown 28
10. Miamisburg 27.5
11. Hil. Darby 27
12. Northmont 26
13. Trotwood-Madison 25
14. Granville 18
14. Carroll 18
16. Beavercreek 17.25
17. Piqua 17
17. Fairmont 17
19. St. Xavier 15
19. Greenville 15
21. Carlisle 14
21. Yellow Springs 14
23. Waverly 12
24. Troy 11
25. Dub. Jerome 10
25. Lak. West 10
25. Madeira 10
28. St. Charles 8
29. Princeton 7
29. Belmont 7
31. Lak. East 6
32. Peebles 5
33. Brookville 4
33. Tre. Edgewood 4
35. Valley View 3.75
36. Fairborn 3
36. Dixie 3
36. Xenia Christian 3
39. Alter 2
39. Butler 2
39. Tippecanoe 2
39. “Wayne “B” 2
43. Cham. Julienne 1
44. Oakwood 0.25