Focused on winning four championships at the Division I state meet June 3 at Ohio State, Lonzell Feagin of the Canal Winchester High School boys track and field team knew exactly where he stood in that pursuit.
Feagin owned the best time entering the 100- and 400-meter finals, the second-best time in the 200 and the 12th-best distance in the long jump.
As it turned out, the senior stuck to the script in his running events and improved considerably in the field to give the Indians an historic finish.
Feagin won the 100 in 10.68 seconds and the 400 in 47.31, was runner-up in the 200 (21.56) and placed eighth in the long jump (22 feet, 9 inches) to score 29 points for Canal Winchester, which placed third behind Thomas Worthington (36) and Gahanna (31) as 80 teams scored.
"I saw where I was in the meet," said Feagin, who was the Indians' only competitor at state. "I came in wanting to win the 100 and 400 and finish it out in the 200, but I got second.
"The long jump was just something to score points in. I was focused on the other three (events)."
Feagin finished .05 of a second ahead of Gahanna's LaCarr Trent in the 100, .94 of a second in front of runner-up Zion Wynn of Loveland in the 400 and .38 of a second behind Reynoldsburg's Travis Marx in the 200.
Those performances were the finish of a momentous week for Feagin, who signed with the University of Pittsburgh on May 30.
"This has been building for the past couple years," Feagin said. "This was a goal, to win state in an event or two, coming into the season."
In the regional meet May 24 and 26 at Pickerington North, Feagin won the 100 (10.67), 400 (47.37) and long jump (21-10 1/4) and was second in the 400 (21.75), as the top four finishers in each event advanced to state. Canal Winchester finished fifth (42) behind champion Thomas (73) as 37 teams scored.
Also competing at regional were senior Danny Jones in the shot put (sixth, 50-1) and discus (11th, 130-1), sophomore Denzell Feagin in the 200 (12th, 22.21 seconds), senior Caleb Jones in the 300 hurdles (15th, 42.61), sophomore Will Butler in the 800 (15th, 2:01.71) and the 800 relay of Denzell Feagin, freshman Tyler Toledo, junior Jacob Robertson and sophomore Gibby Cornett (15th, 1:32.73).
In the district 4 meet that concluded May 20 at Westerville South, Lonzell Feagin's wins in the 100 (10.9), 200 (21.68) and 400 (48.68) led Canal Winchester to 100.5 points and a second-place finish of 15 teams, behind champion Thomas (136).
Canal Winchester entered the postseason coming off its first league championship since 2012, when it won the MSL-Buckeye Division title. In the OCC-Capital meet May 10 and 13 at Dublin Coffman, Lonzell Feagin set a conference record in the 400 (47.35) and division records in the 100 (10.7) and 200 (21.92) and won the long jump (22-4 3/4) to power the Indians to 152 points to finish ahead of Newark (116), Big Walnut (96), New Albany (82), Groveport (47) and Franklin Heights (30).
Other top contributors expected to return include junior Jacob Robertson (sprints), sophomore Jared Tomlinson (distance) and freshman Dom Davis (jumps).
The girls team's season ended at regional, where the Indians tied Athens and Zanesville for 26th (4) behind champion Gahanna (97) as 35 teams scored.
Junior Erica Babusci was Canal Winchester's only regional competitor. She placed fifth in the 300 hurdles (43.49), .08 of a second behind fourth-place Brielle Collier of Westerville South, and finished 10th in the 100 hurdles (16.0).
Babusci also was a regional qualifier in both events last season.
The Indians finished ninth (31) in the 16-team district 3 meet that concluded May 20 at Hilliard Darby behind champion Pickerington Central (161) and finished second (117) in the OCC-Capital meet behind Big Walnut (158) and ahead of Groveport (94), Newark (59), New Albany (54) and Franklin Heights (41).
The Indians had only four seniors and expect to return, among others, juniors Emily Clubb (throws), Katlyn Faieta (sprints, pole vault) and Kaitlyn Swearingen (middle distance, pole vault), sophomore Ariana Coleman (jumps, sprints) and freshmen Shalea Byrd (jumps, sprints), Jaedyn Johnson (jumps, sprints) and Angela Postage (distance).