Girls Track & Field

Three Pickerington Central relays win state titles


The Pickerington Central High School girls track and field team won three relays en route to a second-place finish June 7 in the Division I state track and field meet at Ohio State.

The Tigers scored 46 points to finish one point behind Solon as 77 teams scored. Gahanna was third (29).

The Pickerington Central 400-meter relay of Irene Skinner, Cortisha Short, Nyari Herron and Shalon Conley won in 47.59 seconds and the 800 relay of  Skinner, Short, Tyler Williams and Conley won in 1:38.06. The 1,600 relay of Skinner, Brionna Peppers, Herron and Williams won in 3:50.59.

“I really was a great experience,” said Williams, who also won the 400 in 54.49. “Being able to win the three relays was great and winning the (open) 400 was a great feeling.”

Canal Winchester’s Jocselyn Powell won the 100 hurdles (13.98) and the 300 hurdles (42.08) and Dublin Coffman’s Sade Olatoye won the discus (154 feet, 5 inches) and the shot put (43-9 1/4).

Thomas Worthington’s Ashley Forte won the 800 (2:09.55).

In Division III, Columbus Academy’s Julia Rizk was first in the 800 (2:14.3) and third in the 1,600 (5:05.87).

The Vikings finished fourth (30) behind champion McDonald (45).

In Division II, Dayton Meadowdale (40) won with Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, Millersburg West Holmes and Orrville tying for second (25) as 73 teams scored.

Columbus International’s Timia Easley, a two-time defending state champion in the Division III girls long jump, sprained both ankles during practice June 5 and had only one attempt in the Division II event.

Easley competed June 7, but moving down the runway on crutches and with her left foot in a immobilizing boot past the springboard and into the pit. Her official result was a foul since she stepped over the springboard.