Senior Ndidiamaka Anaraodo of the Worthington Kilbourne High School girls track and field team reached her goal in the Division I state meet June 3 at Ohio State.
Anaraodo placed eighth in the shot put with a throw of 40 feet, 10 inches, earning the final spot on the podium to make all-state.
"Her goal going in was to reach the podium and she was able to do that on her final throw," coach Chip Seely said. "She was pretty happy to finish her career as an all-Ohioan. It was a great way for her to go out."
The Wolves' lone state competitor, Anaraodo scored one point as Kilbourne tied for 54th behind champion Cincinnati Withrow (58) as 62 teams scored.
Anaraodo, who placed 14th (37-2 3/4) at state as a junior, won regional (40-7 1/2), district (40-1) and OCC-Cardinal Division (40-2) titles this season.
"Didi is a great competitor who is a four-time league champion and became an all-Ohioan this season," said boys coach Josh Stegman, who works with the boys and girls throwers. "It was a tremendous season and we'll miss her next year."
In the regional meet May 24 and 26 at Pickerington North, the Wolves scored 10 points to tie Big Walnut for 19th behind champion Gahanna (97) as 35 teams scored.
Freshman Sasha Bomser was 12th in the 1,600 meters in a personal-record 5 minutes, 17.34 seconds and Anaraodo was 16th in the discus (95-8), as the top four finishers in each regional event advanced to state.
In the 16-team district 3 meet that concluded May 20 at Hilliard Darby, Bomser placed fourth in the 1,600 (5:17.43) and Anaraodo was fourth in the discus (106-0), as the Wolves scored 35 points to finish eighth behind champion Pickerington Central (161).
Also scoring at district were senior Madyson Lauderman in the pole vault (fifth, 9-6), the 3,200 relay of Bomser, senior Camille Rider and juniors Kristina Jovanovic and Keira Smith (fifth, 10:09.74), Rider in the 800 (sixth, 2:23.05), Smith in the 3,200 (sixth, 11:49.35) and the 1,600 relay of Bomser, Rider, Jovanovic and sophomore Grace Tefend (eighth, 4:21.76).
The Wolves scored 44 points in the OCC-Cardinal meet May 11 and 13 at Dublin Coffman to place sixth, behind Darby (189), Thomas (143), Dublin Scioto (91), Delaware (72) and Hilliard Bradley (51) and ahead of Dublin Jerome (41).
Others expected to return include junior Audrey Hunt, sophomores Audra Gandert, Natalie Guist and Caroline Watson and freshmen Chidima Anaraodo, Abby Deitrick and Brooklyn Richardson.
Young competes at
state for boys team
Sophomore Elijah Young represented the boys track and field team in the Division I state meet, finishing 16th in the pole vault (12-6).
A surprise state qualifier this season, he will be looking to advance to state in two events next year after finishing second in the pole vault (13-4) and sixth in the long jump (20-3 1/2) at regional.
With Young as their only regional competitor, the Wolves totaled 11 points to place 17th behind champion Thomas (73) as 37 teams scored.
"Elijah is a tremendous athlete who is only going to get better, and that's exciting," Stegman said.
In the 14-team district 3 meet, Kilbourne placed ninth (26) behind champion Pickerington Central (154.5), as Young won the long jump (21-9 1/4) and placed fourth in the pole vault (11-8).
Also at district, sophomore Jack Begley placed fifth in the 3,200 (10:14.21) and joined juniors Caleb Martin and Chris Velade and sophomore Carson Skillman on the sixth-place 3,200 relay (8:28.83). Finishing seventh were Martin in the 1,600 (4:37.4) and the 1,600 relay of Skillman, junior Justin Myers, Martin and sophomore Peyton Spann (3:42.24).
In the OCC-Cardinal meet, Young won the pole vault (12-6) as the Wolves finished seventh (22) behind Thomas (192), Darby (155), Bradley (85), Jerome (75.5), Delaware (51) and Scioto (44.5).
Others expected to return include juniors Charles Costello and Jack Wieland, sophomores John Berardi and Matthew Fong and freshmen Asa Compton, Joel Friedman, Gabriel Knuth, Michael Richardson, Hayden Shaffer and Tanner Williams.
"As a team, I liked the improvements we saw this year as we continue to build up the program," Stegman said. "I think we can continue to grow in numbers, but I was pleased with the work the kids put in."