It took a record-setting performance to hold off Julia Rizk and the Columbus Academy girls track and field team in the opening medal event of the state meet June 6 at Ohio State.
Rizk took the baton in seventh place in the Division III 3,200-meter relay, but the junior was able to move up five places as the Vikings finished second in 9 minutes, 30.32 seconds. It took a Division III record of performance of 9:11.66 by Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas to keep Academy from the championship.
Abby Wilson, Cobi Warstler and Audrey Grammel ran the first three legs of the 3,200 relay for the Vikings.
“We didn’t realize (Louisville) St. Thomas Aquinas was going to come out with a record-breaking relay,” said Rizk, whose team was tied with Maria Stein Marion Local for second with 14 points behind McDonald (29) after six events on the first day of the state meet. “I wasn’t expecting that. Congratulations to them. That’s amazing.”
“We were trying to get first obviously. We want to go for the best, but I’m really happy with second place. That’s really good for our team.”
Last season, the Vikings finished second in the Division III state 3,200 relay in 9:39.78 with Russia winning in 9:36.12.
Academy’s Jillian Woodard reached the podium the high jump (fourth, 5 feet, 4 inches) and long jump (eighth, 16-9 3/4).
There was only one final in Division I with Gahanna’s Rylee Tanner, Allison Holohan, Kelsey Sandlin and Kearstin Turner finishing seventh (9:15.21) in the 3,200 relay. Perrysburg (9:04.36) won the race.
After three events in Division II, Chesapeake, Clyde and Kettering Alter were tied for first with 10 points.
The state meet concludes June 7.