Taylor Hopkins will try to cap what already has been a year full of accomplishments when he competes in the Division II state track and field meet June 3 at Ohio State.
The Heath High School senior earned a runner-up finish last fall in the state cross country meet at National Trail Raceway and this spring has picked up where he left off in the fall, capturing regional championships in both the 800 meters (1 minute, 53.85 seconds) and 1,600 (4:15.55) on May 27 at Lexington.
In addition to helping the Bulldogs contend for the team title before finishing fourth (40) at regional behind host Lexington (44), Dayton Carroll (41) and Galion (41) as 44 teams scored, Hopkins ensured that he’ll have company at state by helping the 3,200 relay place fourth (7:57.24) on May 25.
The top four finishers in each regional event advanced to state, which begins June 2.
Also on the 3,200 relay are juniors Nick Lee, Wyatt McQueen and Chandler Wilhelm.
Wilhelm also advanced to state in the 800 by placing third (1:54.74).
Last season at state, Hopkins was Heath’s lone boys competitor, finishing eighth in the 1,600 (4:23.68) and ninth in the 800 (1:57.14).
Making state for the Heath girls team were senior Amanda Adams, who was regional runner-up in the 800 (2:15.36), and senior Rachel Elam, who placed second in the 300 hurdles (46.2).
Green Wave advance
three individuals, relay
Newark Catholic will be represented in the Division III state track and field meet by three individuals and a relay.
Sophomore Justin Ricciardo of the boys team led the way at regional May 24 and 26 at Fairfield Union with a runner-up finish in the 400 (50.5) and joined juniors John Antol, Joey Dawson and Konnor Ruff on the fourth-place 1,600 relay (3:29.79).
For the girls team, senior Mary Brigid Keck placed fourth in the discus (123 feet, 5 inches) and freshman Charlotte Campbell was fourth in the 1,600 (5:28.13).
Lukins, Price make
state for Blue Aces
Granville seniors Jonny Lukins and Natalie Price are preparing for their final Division I state track and field meets.
Price, who is the defending state champion in the 400, enters state after winning the event in a regional-record 52.93 on May 26 at Pickerington North.
Also at regional, Price ran 11.87 in the 100 to finish third behind Dublin Coffman’s Abby Steiner (11.71) and Pickerington Central’s McKenzie Long (11.8).
Price’s time in the 400 was the best in the state at the regional level, and the times of the top three finishers in the 100 at the Pickerington regional were faster than any times run at the other three regionals.
At state last season, Price won the 400 in 53.95 and ran 12.13 in the 100 to finish behind Steiner (11.87) and 2017 Warren Harding graduate Justice Richardson (11.89).
Lukins was regional runner-up in the 800 (1:53.67) and will be looking to improve on last season’s eighth-place finish (1:56.16) at state.