Olivia Carpenter reached the Division III state awards podium twice June 3, becoming the first runner from the Northridge High School girls track and field team to place at state since competition began in 1975.
The junior also was the first athlete from the program to place at state since 1981. The last Northridge girl to place at state was Chris Yoakum, who won the discus (134 feet) in Class AA in 1981.
“Olivia has had a special career so far and has managed to surpass our expectations over and over,” said coach Richard Featheringill, who completed his third season. “She has the ability to surprise me every time she runs.”
Carpenter was third in the 300-meter hurdles (44.92 seconds) and sixth in the 100 hurdles (15.3). She was ninth in the 100 hurdles (15.53) last season, missing the podium by one place.
“I was just so happy to be on the podium,” Carpenter said. “When I got sixth (in the 100 hurdles) I wanted to get better than that in the 300 (hurdles).”
Also running at state was sophomore Megan King, who finished 15th in the 3,200 (12:01.54).
“I think Megan was still physically drained from her regional performance,” Featheringill said. “I think we can chalk it up to that, the heat and to the new experience of that atmosphere.”
Northridge tied Huron and Ottoville for 24th (9 points) at state behind champion Anna (38) as 82 teams scored.
“I was here by myself last year, and this year Megan was here with me,” Carpenter said. “Hopefully next year we can both make it back and bring some more (teammates) with us.”
The Vikings did not have any boys competitors at state.
In the regional that concluded May 26 at Fairfield Union, Carpenter won the 300 hurdles (44.71) and was third in the 100 hurdles (15.08). King was fourth in the 3,200 (11:24.81).
Also at regional, Carpenter joined sophomores Lorna Bailey and Megan McCament and freshman Makayla Harris on the 1,600 relay that finished ninth (4:17.19) and teamed with Bailey, sophomore Hunter Hensen and McCament on the 16th-place 800 relay (1:56.23).
Senior Sydney Menix competed in the high jump but did not clear the initial height.
The Vikings tied Reedsville Eastern for 13th (21) behind champion Marion Pleasant (45) as 43 teams scored.
Junior Gabe Miller was the lone participant for the boys team in the Division II regional that concluded May 27 at Lexington. He was fifth in the discus (149-9) and 11th in the shot put (48-4 1/2).
Northridge tied Eaton for 34th (4) behind champion Lexington (44) as 44 teams scored.
In the LCL-Cardinal Division meet May 10 and 12 at Licking Heights, the girls team was second (73.5) behind Heath (105) and the boys were fifth (23) behind champion Heath (162).