The Gahanna Lincoln High School girls track and field team should continue to have success if the results of the first OHSAA-sanctioned junior high state meet are an accurate indicator.
The Lions, who were Division I state co-champions in 2015 and state runners-up a year ago, should be getting an influx of talented athletes from both Gahanna South and Gahanna East the next few years.
Gahanna South scored 36 points to capture the state championship May 13 at Lancaster, while Gahanna East tied Hilliard Heritage for eighth (17). Granville (tied for 15th, 11), Dublin Grizzell (22nd, 9.66), Hilliard Weaver (tied for 24th, 8), Worthingway (tied for 33rd, 7), Pickerington Lakeview (tied for 35th, 6) and Worthington McCord (tied for 50th, 4) also were among the 77 teams that scored.
Gahanna South’s 400-meter relay of Cairra Carter, Lauren Stringer, Bella Ward and Zoe White (51.05 seconds) and its 800 relay of Carter, Ward, White and Joi Bradley (1:48.28) each captured championships, as did Gahanna East’s Faith Hunter in the high jump (5 feet, 1 inch).
Earning runner-up finishes were Bradley in the 200 (26.41), Heritage’s Mia Wyngarden in the 800 (2:19.86) and Grizzell’s 1,600 relay (4:18.43).
Lakeview’s Lauren Greegor placed third in the 100 hurdles (15.94), while finishing fourth were Ward in the 100 (12.9), Granville’s Dylan Kretchmar in the 1,600 (5:10.42), Gahanna East’s 800 relay (1:50.89) and Weaver’s 1,600 relay (4:18.91).
area boys at state
In the boys state meet, Pickerington Ridgeview scored 25 points to place third behind Austintown (45) and Canton Crenshaw (30).
Worthingway was fourth (22), while Dublin Davis (eighth, 16), Canal Winchester (13th, 13), Granville (tied for 16th, 11), Lakeview (tied for 26th, 9), Columbus Dominion (tied for 28th, 8), Groveport (tied for 32nd, 7), Heritage (tied for 32nd, 7) and Columbus City Prep (tied for 36th, 6) also were among the 71 teams that scored.
Capturing championships were Canal Winchester’s Korbin Martino in the 400 (51.62) and Ridgeview’s 800 relay of Jaevian Johnson, Brady McClish, Asante Miller and Keith Moton (1:37.29).
Earning runner-up finishes were Lakeview’s Zeman Siyoum in the 110 hurdles (15.78), Dominion’s Marquise Scott in the 100 (11.69) and Worthingway’s 1,600 relay (3:44.72).
Davis’ Trevor Page took third in the 800 (2:05.94) and fourth in the 1,600 (4:38.25), and Ridgeview’s Garner Wallace placed third in the 1,600 (4:37.81) and fourth in the 800 (2:05.95).
Also finishing third were Groveport’s Jalil Underdown in the 100 (11.73) and Columbus City Prep’s 800 relay (1:38.1), while other fourth-place finishes were turned in by Worthingway’s 800 relay (1:38.57) and Worthingway’s Camden Beatty in the 200 hurdles (26.8).