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Cards' Burks finishes 14th in long jump

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Malyk Burks made great strides in the long jump, an event he started less than three months ago.

In that time, the junior for the Thomas Worthington High School boys track and field team reached the Division I state meet held June 7 and 8 at Ohio State and finished 14th (21 feet, 4 3/4 inches) behind champion Jordan Latimer (23-4 3/4) of Huber Heights Wayne.

"Malyk was upset (after competing), but one thing I told him was that he just started long-jumping in mid-March," coach Dominick Mazza said. "He has been working on long-jumping for such a short amount of time. Imagine how far he can go if he works on it in the offseason and competes during indoor track next winter and then in the outdoor season. So the sky really is the limit.

"Malyk needs to take this meet for what it's worth. He gained experience and he will have a comfort level next year that he didn't have this time. Next year, he can come and worry about the event instead of what's going on around him."

The Cardinals were not among the 62 teams that scored at state behind champion Lakewood St. Edward, which won with 62 points.

Mazza said getting state meet experience is always important.

"Your eyes get really big the first time you make it to state, and you find yourself taking in scenery and finding out what state is all about," he said. "Once you get here, it becomes familiar territory the second time around."

Burks jumped 21-4 1/2 in the regional meet held May 29 and 31 at Pickerington North to finish fourth. His first jump at state was 21-4 3/4.

"When I saw what he did on his first jump, I couldn't believe it," Mazza said. "Usually he goes 19 or 20 feet in his first jump and to come out and (exceed) his best jump from regional was great.

"Then I think the pressure got to him. He started to press and only got a 19(-4 1/4) on his last jump."

Ashley Forte, a junior for the girls team, was scratched from her race in the 800 meters because of a foreign-exchange trip to France.

"Ashley signed up for the trip and did not realize that it left the day before the state meet," girls coach Andy Cox said.

At regional, Forte finished fourth in the 800 in 2 minutes, 13.56 seconds, which would have been good for eighth at state.

Solon won the girls state title with 47 points as 74 teams scored.

Kilbourne senior places 10th in 400

Kilbourne senior Taylor Hill finished 10th in the 400 (57.78) in the Division I girls state meet.

Hill's time left her just short of advancing to the 400 final. Fairborn's Aaliyah Patten took the ninth and final spot by running 57.67 in the preliminary.

Last season, Hill finished seventh at state in the 400 (57.24).

"We knew Taylor would have to run as fast or faster than she ever has to reach the finals," coach Chip Seely said. "Taylor came in faster than six of the 16 runners. ...

"Not making the finals in no way diminished her great career at Kilbourne.

"Plus, she's going to continue running at the University of Cincinnati, so this is just the start for her."

New Albany's Karrington Winters won the 400 (53.59) for the second consecutive year.

Kilbourne did not score at state.

The Wolves did not have any boys competitors.

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