Westerville North High School track and field coach Johnny Jackson doesn't hesitate to say that senior Jacob Dumford has left his mark on the boys program.
Dumford, a four-year standout, capped his prep career by winning the 1,600 meters in 4 minutes, 8.21 seconds and anchoring the winning 3,200 relay (7:42.47) in the Division I state meet held June 7 and 8 at Ohio State.
His time in the 1,600 set a Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium record. The previous mark of 4:08.41 was set by Sandusky Perkins' Corey Leslie in 2007.
Bob Kennedy, a 1988 North graduate, holds the Division I state meet and program record of 4:05.13, which he set as a senior. He was a two-time member of the U.S. Olympic team, placing sixth in the 5,000 (13:12.35) in 1992 in Barcelona, Spain, and finishing 12th in the same event (13:39.72) in 1996 in Atlanta.
"Jacob set a stadium record (in the 1,600) and the only person at North ever to run better than him was an Olympian who has the state record," Jackson said, referring to Kennedy. "Jacob has definitely left his mark, but he's an outstanding athlete because he can do the (400), (1,600) and (800), plus cross country."
Dumford, who hadn't won a state title before this season, also teamed with seniors Nick Chatel and Evan Larrick and sophomore Trevor Dilley to win the 3,200 relay in a program-record 7:42.47, well ahead of runner-up Mason (7:45.96).
Larrick gave the Warriors the lead while running the third leg of the race and Dumford, who ran the anchor leg, pulled away from Mason's Ethan Valentine.
Dumford, who will run at the University of Notre Dame, also competed at state in the 800, placing third (1:52.85) behind Newark's Anthony Johnson (1:51.58) and Reynoldsburg's Dominik Seitzer (1:52.49).
"I'm really happy with the way things went," Dumford said. "I didn't expect to run nearly as fast as I did in the (1,600) and I feel really good about how I ran, and then to come back and have a strong run in the (800) -- even though I didn't win -- I feel really good about it because (4.08.21 in the 1,600) and (1:52.85 in the 800) is by far the best double I've ever done."
Also competing at state for the Warriors were senior Kent Ford, who placed fourth in the 3,200 (9:11.07) behind champion Sam Wharton of Tipp City Tippecanoe (8:56.61), and Chatel, who finished 11th in the 1,600 (4:16.9).
"I've come a long way since my freshman year," said Ford, who has committed to Miami University. "I ran 11:26 (as a freshman), so the 9:11 I just ran is definitely a huge comeback."
The Warriors scored 31 points at state to finish fourth behind Lakewood St. Edward (62), Pickerington North (47) and Mason (39) as 62 teams scored.
Central's Moushey vaults to second place
Senior Charlie Moushey had the top finish at state for Central, placing second in the pole vault in 15 feet, 9 inches.
Middleburg Heights Midpark's Aaron Owens won the event (16-0).
"I was just glad to be able to go up against (Owens) throughout high school," Moushey said. "It was awesome having someone to compete with."
Moushey, who has committed to the University of Kentucky, finished fourth (15-4) at state last season behind champion and state record-holder Jake Blankenship of Gahanna (17-2). Owens was runner-up a year ago (15-8).
"Charlie was super close to winning that (state title) a couple different times," coach Jason Loughman said. "The thing I stressed to Charlie was he didn't underachieve (at state). He had one of the best days of vaulting. It just wasn't good enough to win it, but state runner-up is something to be really proud of. I'm extremely happy for him. He had a heck of a season."
Junior David Hatchett competed in two individual events at state, finishing seventh in the 200 (22.1) and 10th in the 100 (10.77).
"I'm very happy," he said. "I didn't expect anything. I just wanted to get on the (awards) podium (by finishing in the top eight)."
Also at state, the 800 relay of Moushey, Hatchett, junior Eldin Anu and sophomore Joshua Beaumont finished ninth (1:29.15).
"We just didn't look as sharp (June 8) as we looked (June 7)," Loughman said of the 800 relay. "We looked a little sluggish, but for these guys to get to the final was a great accomplishment for them. My heart really broke for those guys. I know they really wanted to get on the podium (and) just missing that was tough. I don't want to overlook the work and body of the whole season. They had a great season and to get here was awesome."
The Warhawks scored 10 points to tie Newark for 21st.
South's Dahome competes at state
Richard Dahome was the lone representative for South at state, finishing 15th in the 110 hurdles (15.15).
The senior advanced to state despite battling a muscle injury in his back throughout the season.
"It was definitely a great experience. I wouldn't trade it for anything," Dahome said. "It was just unfortunate that I got a back injury, but I have to look past that. I am so grateful for being here and grateful for getting this opportunity."
Dahome will compete for Kent State University.
"I'm very proud of the career that Richard had and the steps that he took his junior and senior years, especially to just grow as a hurdler and leader and all-around track athlete," coach Jimmy Gaul said. "The goal the entire season was to make it here to Jesse Owens."