Track & Field
Reynoldsburg's Gause caps prep career with titles
Reynoldsburg High School senior Diamond Gause now has two additional things in common with her former teammate and sister Destinee Gause.
During the Division I state track and field meet June 7 and 8 at Ohio State, Diamond ended her prep career with championships in the 100 meters and 200 to keep the titles in those events in her family.
A year ago, Destinee won her fourth consecutive state title in the 200 and her second title in a row in the 100 as a senior.
The performance last weekend was part of an eye-opening season for Diamond, who had competed at state previously in relays before storming through the postseason by winning league, district and regional titles in the 100 and 200 before her state-title runs.
"All year I've been working hard, and I was just thinking that if (Destinee) could do it, I can do it," Diamond said. "My mindset is better this year and I'm stronger now."
While Destinee was competing at the NCAA meet last weekend in Oregon for the University of Florida, she took notice, according to Diamond, of her sister's performance.
Diamond ran 11.72 seconds in the preliminary of the 100 and 23.91 in the preliminary of the 200 to enter the finals with the fastest times in both.
Diamond then ran 11.98 to win the 100 and 23.96 to capture the 200 title.
A year ago, Destinee won the 100 title in 11.95 and the 200 title in 23.91 on the way to leading the Raiders to their fourth consecutive team championship.
"In prelims she sent me a text and was like, 'Wow, I'm so proud of you,' " Diamond said. "She just says, 'You can do it.' "
Diamond's performance helped the Raiders score 20 points to tie Olentangy Orange for fifth behind champion Solon (47) as 74 teams scored.
Diamond ran on the state-champion 400 and 1,600 relays a year ago.
"It's great because I was always on a relay in the past and never got here in an individual event," she said. "To get here and get top three, it's amazing."
Also competing at state for the girls team was sophomore Leah Wallace, who took 13th in the 3,200 in 11:34.78. After earning a regional title, she was central Ohio's second-best finisher at state behind Westerville North's Heather Sandvik (11th, 11:32.76). Cincinnati St. Ursula Academy sophomore Annie Heffernan won in a state-record 10:14.91.
Seitzer takes 2nd in state in 800
Central Ohio showed its depth in the 800 during the Division I state boys meet June 8.
After hovering near the back of the pack on the first lap, Reynoldsburg senior Dominik Seitzer made his move during the final 200 meters and ended up second in 1:52.49.
Newark senior Anthony Johnson won in 1:51.58, Westerville North senior Jacob Dumford was third (1:52.85) and Lancaster junior Stephen Sparks took fourth (1:53.12).
"My first lap was still slower than I wanted it to be, but with probably 200 left I tried to push it," said Seitzer, who has committed to Ohio State.
"It helped when I started passing people at the 200. It was a fun race. I really like the fact that all of the top four are from central Ohio. (Johnson) is going to Ohio State, too, so that's good to know."
Last year at state, Seitzer ran on the sixth-place 3,200 relay with 2012 graduates Trey Hamilton, Tsehaye Hiluf and Khalid Omar. He was competing at state individually for the first time.
Seitzer was third (1:53.28) at regional behind Dumford (1:52.01) and Johnson (1:52.23).
The eight points he scored at state helped the Raiders tie three other teams for 26th behind champion Lakewood St. Edward (62) as 62 teams scored.
"It was my first time competing at state as an individual, so I was kind of nervous coming in," Seitzer said. "(Former coach Denny) Hammond has been talking to me the whole time, which helped."