Jocselyn Powell is unabashedly proud to be a Canal Winchester High School cheerleader -- with good reason.
The junior now holds the meet record for the 60-meter hurdles after competing in the Division I indoor state track and field meet March 16 at the University of Akron. She won the event in 8.67 seconds, eclipsing the previous record of 8.71 set by Middleburg Heights Midpark's Jade Barber in 2010.
Powell, who was one of three area athletes to set a record in the meet, said being a cheerleader has had a lot to do with her success in the hurdles.
"I have always thought that cheerleaders have a bit of an advantage when it comes to the hurdles," Powell said. "One of our basic jumps is like the form you need in hurdling. I already have that, and it's kind of a natural. Also, (cheerleaders) have a lot of hard workouts that help prepare you for track and that keeps me in shape in the offseason."
Powell placed fourth in the 100 hurdles (14.43) and eighth in the 300 hurdles (44.76) in the Division I outdoor state meet last spring at Ohio State. As a freshman, she placed sixth in the 300 hurdles (44.9) in the outdoor state meet.
"Jocselyn is a junior and had a terrific performance," Canal Winchester coach John Bender said. "But as good as she is as a track athlete for us, she's also a wonderful person. I think her background in cheerleading and gymnastics helps her, but she also has won the high school's poetry contest for the last two years. She's just a terrific person who is very supportive of her teammates and also helps me instruct the other girls on how to run the hurdles."
Solon won the Division I girls indoor state title with 60.5 points, well ahead of runner-up Chardon (33) as 61 teams scored.
The other two area record-setters were Olentangy Orange senior Katelyn Daniels, who won the shot put in 44 feet, 1 1/2 inches, and Big Walnut junior Olivia Small, who won the long jump in 18-8 1/4.
Small also won the triple jump (37-3).
Daniels won the shot put in 47-4 1/2 in the outdoor state meet last season.
"I was happy with the end result of breaking the record, but I probably could have done more," she said. "But it's good because (the indoor season gives) me more preparation (for the outdoor season) as far as my form and getting comfortable in the ring."
Small placed second in the long jump (17-6 3/4) in the outdoor state meet last spring.
"It was kind of a surprise because I didn't even know what the record was," she said of her performance in the indoor state meet. "I only went 18-1 the week before, so I was hoping that I could get at least an 18-3. I have been training since August, so to do this really was a boost for me."
Two other area athletes, Hilliard Davidson senior Lauren Hoover and Dublin Coffman senior Rachel Weber, broke the meet record in the 800, but neither holds the new mark. Hoover (second, 2:13.99) and Weber (third, 2:14.08) bested the previous record of 2:14.14 set by New Albany's Taneisha Cordell in 2010, but Solon's Therese Haiss now owns the record by winning the event in 2:13.89.
"It was a crazy fast race and it came down to the wire," Hoover said. "I think (indoor season) helps a lot with the racing mentality and with the strong base mileage you get over the winter. It helps the outdoor season a lot as a whole."
Coffman girls coach Greg King said three members of his team broke program records for indoor during the meet. In addition to Weber in the 800, junior Beatrice Hannan set records when she placed fourth in the 200 (25.09) and fifth in the 60 (7.88) and senior Emily Mangelson set a mark when she finished 10th in the 60 hurdles (9.69).
"The big thing is that they all ran well, which helps a lot for the outdoor season," King said. "We're not trying to win titles because we only ran a couple of (indoor) meets, but we want (the athletes) to be coming into the (outdoor) season close to where they were at the end of last season."
New Albany sophomore Karrington Winters won the 400 (55.38) after winning the event in the outdoor state meet last year (53.95).
"Last year, Karrington ran a 58 during indoors and then won the outdoor state with a 53," New Albany girls coach Otis Winston said. "It's going to be fun to see what she can do this year.
"We always use indoors to get people in shape for the outdoor season. I always tell (the runners) that if you trust my training, it will pay off."
Reynoldsburg senior Diamond Gause won the 60 (7.64) and placed sixth in the 200 (25.21).
"I started indoors at the beginning of the school year and I think I've really improved," she said. "It helps me know where I'm at and gives me confidence going into the season."
Also winning a state title in the girls meet was Pickerington Central's 800 relay of juniors Jada Williams, Irene Skinner, Tyler Williams and Shalon Conley (1:42.05).
"I think (the 800 relay) had a magnificent day," Central girls coach Robb Hammond said. "I think this is a good springboard into the outdoor season, especially with the young team we will have. I'm excited to see how this motivates the rest of our team."
Dayton Chaminade Julienne (31) won the Division II-III girls title ahead of runner-up Findlay Liberty-Benton (24.33) as 73 teams scored.
On the boys side, Solon (72) won the Division I title ahead of runner-up Chardon (38) as 54 teams scored and Pemberville Eastwood (36) won the Division II-III title ahead of runner-up Warren Kennedy (33) as 64 teams scored.
The only area boys athlete to win a title was Westerville North senior Jacob Dumford, who finished first in the 1,600 (4:10.35) in Division I.
"I think Jacob ran great race, especially since we haven't been training for him to peak," North boys coach Johnny Jackson said. "We've been doing a lot more conditioning than we have training because this is not the time of year we want him to be peaking."
Also in Division I, Westerville Central senior Charlie Moushey placed second (15-6) in the pole vault to Midpark's Aaron Owens, who cleared the same height in fewer attempts, and Thomas Worthington junior Jason Baty placed fifth in both the long jump (20-11 3/4) and triple jump (41-8 1/2).
"Jason is relatively new to track, running for the first time last year as a sophomore," Thomas boys coach Andy Cox said. "Jason didn't try the long jump until the week before (the indoor state meet) at Bowling Green (on March 10) when he was second with a 21-2 3/4. This should help him with his confidence even in the 100, 200 and 400."
In Division II, Watterson's Joe Mankovecky tied for second in the high jump (6-4).
Below are central Ohio competitors who finished among the top eight in the indoor state track and field meet March 16 at the University of Akron:
BIG WALNUT (Division I)
Girls -- Olivia Small: long jump (first, *18-8 1/4), triple jump (first, 37-3); Leah Thomas: triple jump (fourth, 34-5 1/2)
CANAL WINCHESTER (Division I)
Girls -- Jocselyn Powell: 60 hurdles (first, *8.67)
DUBLIN COFFMAN (Division I)
Girls -- Beatrice Hannan: 60 (seventh, 7.88), 200 (fourth, 25.09); Rachel Weber: 800 (third, 2:14.08)
DUBLIN JEROME (Division I)
Boys -- Jake Mandal: 3,200 (fifth, 9:42.05); Girls -- Kaitlyn Willette: 1,600 (seventh, 5:18.24); 3,200 relay: Brooke Boyle, Carly Davis, Erin McAuliffe and Willette (sixth, 9:42.05)
GAHANNA (Division I)
Boys -- Kevin Jackson: 400 (sixth, 50.25); Girls -- MiAngel Daniels: 60 hurdles (fourth, 9.14); Kelsey Sandlin: 1,600 (fourth, 5:16.78); 800 relay: Daniella Johnson, Sara Richards, Samantha Shaw and Tara Tedrick (third, 1:44.12); 1,600 relay: Francesca Bowsher, Richards, Shaw and Rylee Tanner (second, 4:01.77); 3,200 relay: Bowsher, Kelsey Sandlin, Tanner and Kearstin Turner (eighth, 9:43.07)
HARTLEY (Division II/III boys, Division I girls)
Boys -- Hezekiah Moore: 60 hurdles (fifth, 8.29), 200 (eighth, 22.8); Girls -- Emily Franz: 800 (sixth, 2:18.22); Naja Greer: 200 (seventh, 25.37); 1,600 relay: Franz, Greer, Jessica Long and Mallory McCormick (eighth, 4:06.83)
HILLIARD DAVIDSON (Division I)
Boys -- Garrett Knapik: 3,200 (third, 9:37.71); Phillipie Motley: 60 (seventh, 6.99); Damarcus Nelson: triple jump (seventh, 41-4 1/4); Girls -- Lauren Hoover: 800 (second, 2:13.99); 3,200 relay: Lilly Saniel-Banrey, Catherine Hildebrand, Elisa Saelens and Hoover (fifth, 9:41.26)
NEW ALBANY (Division I)
Boys -- Alex Frye: 60 hurdles (fifth, 8.38), high jump (third, 6-7); Alan Watson: 60 (eighth, 7.19); Girls -- Karrington Winters: 400 (first, 55.38)
OLENTANGY (Division I)
Boys -- Nick Schrader: pole vault (tied for third, 14-6); Girls -- Marinice Bauman: 60 hurdles (third, 8.94); Emily Ginter: high jump (third, 5-4)
OLENTANGY LIBERTY (Division I)
Boys -- Grant Cartwright: shot put (seventh, 53-9 3/4)
OLENTANGY ORANGE (Division I)
Boys -- Josh Parker: triple jump (fifth, 41-8 1/2); Triston Richardson: pole vault (tied for third, 14-6); Girls -- Katelyn Daniels: shot put (first, *44-1 1/2)
PICKERINGTON CENTRAL (Division I)
Boys -- Gemel Trent: 400 (fourth, 49.71); Girls -- Kylie Caudill: high jump (tied for sixth, 5-0); Shalon Conley: 60 (eighth, 7.89); 800 relay: Jada Williams, Irene Skinner, Tyler Williams and Conley (first, 1:42.05)
PICKERINGTON NORTH (Division I)
Boys -- Ronald Bonner: long jump (fifth, 20-7 1/4); Nick Gray: 400 (eighth, 50.65); John Harris: high jump (second, 6-8); 800 relay: Cortez Goodwin, Gray, Roland Ladipo and Jaye Williams (seventh, 1:30.98)
REYNOLDSBURG (Division I)
Boys -- Dominic Seitzer: 800 (second, 1:54.53); Girls -- Diamond Gause: 60 (first, 7.64), 200 (sixth, 25.21); Leah Wallace: 1,600 (second, 5:14.52)
THOMAS WORTHINGTON (Division I)
Boys -- Jason Baty: long jump (fifth, 20-11 3/4), triple jump (fifth, 41-8 1/2)
WATKINS MEMORIAL (Division I)
Boys -- Hunter Holton: high jump (tied for seventh, 6-4); Girls -- Stephanie Robb: 400 (fifth, 58.5)
WATTERSON (Division II/III)
Boys -- Joe Mankovecky: high jump (tied for second, 6-4)
WESTERVILLE CENTRAL (Division I)
Boys -- Charlie Moushey: pole vault (second, 15-6)
WESTERVILLE NORTH (Division I)
Boys -- Nicholas Chatel: 800 (eighth, 2:00.07); Jacob Dumford: 1,600 (first, 4:10.35); Kent Ford: 3,200 (second, 9:35.61); 3,200 relay: Evan Larrick, Nick Horton, Trevor Dilley and Chatel (third, 8:02.6); Girls -- 3,200 relay: Heather Sandvik, Haley Sandvik, Heidi Engelhart and Jocelyn Sharpe (fourth, 9:40.24)