Track & Field

Academy relay, International long jumper capture state titles


Area teams captured championships in two events during the first day of the state track and field meet June 1 at Ohio State, including the first for one of Columbus’ newest schools.

In Division III, the Columbus Academy boys 3,200-meter relay of Matthew Tamarkin, Jon Michael Hilsheimer, Dominic Facciolla and Jake Tuckerman was first in 7 minutes, 55.57 seconds.

Later in the day, Columbus International’s Timia Easley won her program’s first title by going 18 feet, 1/4 inches in the Division III girls long jump.

Facciolla and Hilsheimer both ran on Academy’s 3,200 relay that was first a year ago.

“This one is special,” Hilsheimer said. “Last year we won it. This year instead of kind of relaxing and thinking we got this, we worked our butts off.”

International, part of Columbus City Schools, opened in fall 2010. Easley didn’t compete in the City League meet May 7 and 9 because of a left quad injury.

In the Division I meet, the Westerville North boys 3,200 relay of Emmanuel Adu, Nick Chatel, Kent Ford and Jacob Dumford placed third (7:50.66). Reynoldsburg’s boys 3,200 relay of Khalid Omar, Tsehaye Hiluf, Dominik Seitzer and Trey Hamilton was sixth (7:53.27).

Dublin Coffman’s girls 3,200 relay of Clarissa Bons, Julia Fries, Rachel Bosworth and Rachel Weber placed eighth (9:22.91).

In Division II, Columbus School for Girls’ 3,200 relay of Emma Harris, Rosie Connor, Abigail Perrini and Sophie Chatas placed seventh (9:47.03) and Johnstown’s Kendall Colvin tied for fifth (5-2) in the girls high jump.

Also in Division III for Academy, the girls 3,200 relay of Alisha Ho, Margaret Sutton, Andrea Ballinger and Julia Rizk placed third (9:37.74), Sarah Timko was eighth (5-2) in the girls high jump and Jack Lint was fifth (6-2) in the boys high jump.