Among the highlights for the Thomas Worthington High School track and field programs in the Gary Smith Invitational on May 3 were the girls team winning the meet title for the first time in seven years and Malyk Burks of the boys team shattering the 41-year-old program record in the long jump.
The girls team scored 152 points in the 13-team home meet to finish ahead of runner-up Watkins Memorial (133.5), with Reedsville Eastern (79) finishing a distant third. The Cardinals hadn't won the meet since 2007.
Burks won the long jump in 22 feet, 9 1/2 inches, breaking the previous program record -- 22-2 1/2, set by John Madry in 1973 -- by seven inches, as the boys team finished third (92) behind Watkins Memorial (144) and Cleveland St. Ignatius (124.5) and ahead of fourth-place Dublin Jerome (82).
Finishing first for the girls team were the 1,600-meter relay of Christina Nash, Ryanna Reid, Shay Davis and Ashley Forte (4 minutes, 5.21 seconds), the 800 relay of Kiara Coleman, Reid, Davis and Forte (1:46.22), Cassandra Laios in the shot put (38-11), Chandler Adamaitis in the 300 hurdles (45.56) and Reid in the long jump (16-1 1/2).
Placing second were the 6,400 relay of Ariel Rittenhouse, Hannah Moulton, Paige Narciso and Nash (22:08.24), the 400 relay of Alexandra Brown, Coleman, Adamaitis and Kyra Griffith (51.58), Rittenhouse in the 1,600 (5:32.72) and Forte in the 800 (2:20.35).
Finishing third were the 3,200 relay of Narciso, Annie Steele, Holly Payne and Moulton (10:06.06), Payne in the 1,600 (5:33.29), Davis in the 400 (1:02.51), Maya Burns in the triple jump (30-5) and Claire Cellar in the high jump (5-0).
Winning for the boys team were Jason Baty, Garrett Featherstone, Burks and Jalen Wells in the 800 relay (1:29.16) and 1,600 relay (3:24.43), Wells in the 400 (49.72), Baty in the triple jump (42-7) and Mike Wood in the high jump (6-6).
Jonathan Kissell placed third in the 3,200 (9:57.8)
The Cardinals do not compete again until the OCC-Central Division meet May 15 and 17 at home.
Kilbourne boys, girls finish ninth at Thomas
The Kilbourne boys and girls teams both finished ninth in the Gary Smith Invitational.
The boys team scored 35 points and was led by Chandler Bridges, who placed second in the long jump (21-8 3/4) and third in both the 200 (22.3) and 400 (50.77), and Alex Meehan, who was runner-up in the shot put (49-6) and placed fourth in the discus (135-0).
The girls team scored 31 points, as the 800 relay of Kaitlyn Napoli, Leanne Wegley, Emily Stoodley and Camille Rider placed second (10:05.74).
Finishing fourth were the 6,400 relay of Wegley, Napoli, Rider and Elissa Manchester (22:53.16), Ally Guist in the pole vault (9-6) and Stoodley in the 3,200 (11:41.52).
Next up for the Wolves is the OCC-Capital meet May 15 and 17 at Hilliard Bradley.