A few boys runners from Team Indiana watched the final leg of the girls 1,600-meter relay during the Midwest Meet of Champions on June 10 at Ohio Wesleyan University and swore the race was over, even as Team Ohio’s Natalie Price maintained a healthy lead.
“Just wait for her kick,” the Indiana runners said of their anchor, Lauren Edwards.
“Once it’s Natalie Price (running), it’s game over,” one Ohio runner retorted.
He was right, even though Ohio had long since clinched yet another meet championship.
Price, an Indiana recruit from Granville High School, anchored the winning 800 (1 minute, 37.28 seconds) and 1,600 (3:43.4) relays as well as the second-place 400 relay (47.13) as Ohio swept the team titles in an all-star meet that also featured top seniors from Indiana and Michigan.
The 800 relay, which also included Reynoldsburg’s Mika Cox and Gahanna’s Ivy McKee, set a meet record. McKee also was on the 1,600 relay.
“I went out pretty hard in the first 100 and just did my normal pace after that,” said Price, who won the Division I 400 state title her junior and senior years and will compete in the Brooks PR Invitational on Saturday, June 17, in Renton, Washington. “I could feel (Edwards) behind me, but I think I have a pretty good finish.”
Ohio’s girls scored 207 points, ahead of Michigan (150.5) and Indiana (84.5). The boys had 179 points, ahead of Michigan (149) and Indiana (147).
Canal Winchester standout Lonzell Feagin, a Pittsburgh recruit who won the Division I 100 and 400 state championships, anchored the boys 1,600 relay that won in 3:14.57 and also included Gahanna’s Jayvonta Tolliver.
“I haven’t anchored a (1,600 relay) since I was a sophomore so it was a weird feeling, but I was able to pull away,” Feagin said.
No area individuals won championships, but five recorded runner-up finishes.
A rematch of the state 200 final, in which Reynoldsburg’s Travis Marx edged out Feagin for first, did not pan out as they expected. Marx was second (21.73) behind Michigan’s Khance Meyers (21.62) and Feagin was fourth (21.97).Video •Reynoldsburg's Travis Marx and Canal Winchester's Lonzell Feagin finish second and fourth, respectively, in the 200 meters.
“I was looking forward to running against Lonzell and (Meyers), too,” Marx said. “I heard he was pretty good so I wanted to see how I could do. It’s been a long season and I have nationals (this) weekend, but this was great competition and I think I did all right.”
Marx will compete in the New Balance Nationals Outdoor meet, which is scheduled for Friday, June 16, through Sunday, June 18, in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Westerville Central’s Emma Dyer helped the girls 3,200 relay to a win in 9:09.47.
“Not knowing your competition is something that’s very difficult. You don’t know how fast someone will go out,” Dyer said. “Going out fast took a toll on my legs, but our anchor (Melissa Barrett of Clayton Northmont) sealed it. We wanted to start the meet out right and set the tone.”
Olentangy Orange’s Anna Watson, an Indiana recruit, tied for second in the pole vault (13 feet).
Gahanna’s Dontae Deas, a Kent State recruit, was second in the 300 hurdles (39.54).
Watterson’s Michelle Lehmann, a Ball State recruit, was second in the long jump (19-2 1/4) and fifth in the 100 (12.35), and Westerville South’s Brielle Collier was second in the 300 hurdles (44.45) and seventh in the 100 (12.68).
Lehmann’s previous personal best in the long jump was 17-10 1/2, set in the Division I state meet June 3 when she placed fifth.
“The wind was at my back, so that really helped,” Lehmann said. “The state meet was so stressful, but this is really relaxed.”
The meet will move to Michigan State next year after being held in Ohio since 2014.