Hartley High School boys track and field coach Reggie Osborne used one word to describe the performance of senior Cameron Hart in the Division II state meet June 5 at Ohio State: Perfect.

Hartley High School boys track and field coach Reggie Osborne used one word to describe the performance of senior Cameron Hart in the Division II state meet June 5 at Ohio State: Perfect.

After finishing fifth at state in the long jump as a sophomore, Hart missed state a year ago after suffering an injury at district.

Healthy this season, Hart followed a runner-up finish in the long jump at district with regional and state championships.

His best jump at state came when he went 23 feet, 3 1/4 inches in his final attempt. He went 22-5 on his first attempt and improved with each attempt, landing jumps of 22-8 and 22-10.

"I got a (personal best) by one-fourth of an inch and it felt great," Hart said. "Everything was correct. It's amazing to know I can bounce back from something like I went through (getting hurt) last year."

Hart, who will compete for Eastern Michigan, scored 10 points to tie his team for 18th behind champion Dayton Dunbar (64) as 75 teams scored.

"He couldn't have had a more perfect day," Osborne said. "With him being a state champion, he'll be going up on our athletic wall. It's a good moment for our coaching staff. He was the lead jumper on his first jump. … It puts the pressure on all the other jumpers to jump further."

Hart was the Hawks' only boys competitor at state and was one of six seniors on the team.

He joined seniors Kristopher Hill and Mateo Saxton and sophomore Cam'Ron Culver on the 800-meter relay that was 11th (1 minute, 31.89 seconds) in the regional meet that concluded May 30 at Lexington. The Hawks tied for 17th (14) behind champion Pemberville Eastwood (65) as 47 teams scored.

Hartley was fourth (94) in the CCL meet that concluded May 16 at Columbus School for Girls behind St. Charles (171), DeSales (105.5) and Watterson (98.5) and ahead of Ready (5).

The Hawks then were eighth (47) of 16 teams at district behind champion Caledonia River Valley (106).

Eligible to return along with Culver are juniors Sheldon Henderson (middle distance) and Richard Jones III (sprints), sophomores Marquette Dixon (sprints) and Gabriel Levert (middle distance) and freshmen Ben Dankow (middle distance) and James Reese III (sprints).

Lopez, Franz place for girls

The girls track team tied for 13th (14) in the Division I state meet behind co-champions Gahanna and Cincinnati Withrow (50) as 65 teams scored.

Sophomore Gana Lopez, who joined the team after sitting out the first half of the season because of the OHSAA's transfer rules, took fourth in the 100 (12.08) and 200 (24.56) on June 6.

Senior Emily Franz placed fifth in the 800 (2:11.51). She was one of three seniors on the team along with Kristian Brown (sprints) and Cassandra Zamaripa (distance).

"I've got a very young team and some of the girls came out to the state meet and said they want to get back here," Osborne said.

Lopez, who was seventh in the Division III state meet a year ago in both the 100 and 200 for Gahanna Christian, was runner-up in both the 100 (12.33) and 200 (24.95) in the regional that concluded May 29 at Pickerington North.

Lopez and Franz also teamed up in the 1,600 relay with sophomore Mary Hennessey and freshman Rachael LeMay to place 15th (4:02.98) at state.

"I was happy with both (my 100 and 200)," Lopez said. "I'll be taking a week off and then getting back to work."

Franz made it to state in cross country in all four seasons and also placed fourth in the 800 in state track a year ago. She will compete for the University of Notre Dame.

"At the end I didn't have the kick I was looking for," Franz said.

Hartley placed second (122.5) in the league meet behind Watterson (183) and ahead of CSG (108), DeSales (65.5) and Ready (7). It then placed fifth (48) in the 16-team district 3 meet behind champion Gahanna (158) and was seventh (35) at regional behind champion Gahanna (99) as 39 teams scored.

Eligible to return along with Lopez are sophomores Kacey Ragland and Taneyzia Robinson and freshman Amaiah Jones, who joined Lopez to place fifth in the 400 relay (48.74) at regional.