The Dublin Coffman High School girls track and field team had to be almost perfect if it had any chance of winning the team title in the Division I state meet held June 5 and 6 at Ohio State.

The Dublin Coffman High School girls track and field team had to be almost perfect if it had any chance of winning the team title in the Division I state meet held June 5 and 6 at Ohio State.

The Shamrocks came close, as they were tied for first with Cincinnati Withrow with 42 points entering the last event. However, they did not have an entry in the 1,600-meter relay and ended up finishing third behind co-champions Gahanna and Withrow, both of which totaled 50 points.

"We knew that everything would have to be almost perfect coming in," coach Greg King said. "We had six events and even if we would have won five of them, we would have only tied for the title. That being said, we had a great meet. We scored more points than any Coffman team ever has at state."

With senior Sade Olatoye and freshman Abby Steiner leading the way, the Shamrocks nearly reached their lofty goal. Olatoye won the shot put in a program-record 48 feet, 8 1/4 inches and placed second in the discus (154-4) to Dresden Tri-Valley's Kaylee Antill (157-7).

Olatoye had won the state titles in both the shot put (43-9 1/4) and discus (154-5) last season.

"I was a little upset that I didn't win the discus, but I was pretty proud of my performance overall," she said. "Coming off losing (the discus), I'm extremely happy (with winning the shot put)."

An Ohio State signee, Olatoye entered this year's state meet having won the discus at every meet in which she competed during her junior and senior seasons.

"The competition is so tough here and I was wondering how Sade would respond after finishing second in the discus," throws coach David Woodmansee said. "She has the heart of a champion."

Steiner won the 200 meters (program-record 23.96 seconds) and was runner-up in the 100 (11.89), finishing a half stride behind Warren Harding's Justice Richardson (11.85).

"I had been trying to break 24 (seconds in the 200) for a while," Steiner said. "I felt like it was the best race that I had run all year. I didn't feel that push in the 100."

Steiner also was on the third-place 800 relay with freshman Makenzie Henderson, junior Shaunqueza Stevens and sophomore Wambui Watene (1:39.28).

"Since I won the 60 (7.55) and 200 (24.8) in the (Division I) indoor state meet (March 7 at the University of Akron), I wanted to win at least one (event in the outdoor state meet)," Steiner said. "It was a new experience here because I never have run in front of this many people, but I wasn't overwhelmed as much as I was excited."

The 400 relay of junior Shannon Downie, Henderson, Stevens and junior Megan Gregory finished 13th (49.15).

Coffman boys win 3,200 relay at state

Junior Simon Alford, junior Tyndale Hannan, freshman Lucas Bons and senior Zach Bons led the Coffman boys team in the Division I state meet by combining to win the 3,200 relay (7:44.97).

Cleveland St. Ignatius was second (7:47.32).

"It went as good as we could have wanted," Alford said. "I didn't want to go out too fast in the first lap and wanted to be about fourth or fifth. I can't believe we held on to win."

Zach Bons was second to St. Ignatius' Luke Wagner entering final leg.

"I knew I had it with 200 (meters) to go," Zach Bons said. "I normally have a pretty good kick and was able to pass him. It's unbelievable to win this."

Lucas Bons was glad to share the experience with his brother.

"I was so nervous out there in front everyone (after the third leg)," he said. "It was great to be able to win this with Zach. It's something we'll always remember."

The Shamrocks' time in the event was more than two seconds off the program record of 7:42.46, set by Brady Saylor, Antoine Henderson, Chris Estwanik and Kell Heegard in 1998. The same four runners won the state title that season in 7:45.72.

Zach Bons also competed at state in the 1,600, placing eighth (4:16.91).

The Shamrocks also were represented by senior Scott Cameron, who finished seventh in the pole vault by clearing 14-6, and junior Jason Boateng, who was ninth in the high jump by clearing 6-4.

"My whole high school career, I wanted to get to state and get on the podium," said Cameron, who will compete at the college level for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "I wasn't that nervous. If anything, the sound of all of the cheering gave me more energy."

The Shamrocks' pole vault coach, Denny Wetmore, said Cameron was a success story.

"Scott has had quite a four years," Wetmore said. "It's amazing that he started (pole-vaulting) as a freshman and would reach the (state) podium as a senior.

"That's a great accomplishment. He has continued to work hard and made the (Division I) state indoor meet as a junior and senior."

Coffman tied Lakewood St. Edward and Solon for 16th (13) behind champion Pickerington North (52) as 76 teams scored.

Jerome boys' relay reaches podium

The 1,600 relay of senior Nick Foley, sophomore Benton Wilson, junior Trevor Marcus and senior Aaron Muresan placed sixth (3:21.68) in the Division I state meet for the Jerome boys team.

"There was a nice mix of kids on the (1,600 relay)," coach Dave Stroh said. "They had a four-second drop at regional that took them to the next level. All of the coaches knew that they were ready to put things together."

The Celtics had the seventh-fastest time (3:20.64) during the state preliminaries to reach the final.

"These four guys ran a second slower than they did (in the preliminary race)," Stroh said. "They got out on their own and then kept trying to catch up to people."

The Celtics scored three points at state to tie six other teams for 57th.

The Jerome girls team and the Scioto boys and girls teams did not have any state participants.