Reynoldsburg High School boys track and field coach Richard Ladowitz believes he got a glimpse into the character of senior Ashton Dulin well after he won the 300-meter hurdles in the Division I state meet June 6 at Ohio State.

Reynoldsburg High School boys track and field coach Richard Ladowitz believes he got a glimpse into the character of senior Ashton Dulin well after he won the 300-meter hurdles in the Division I state meet June 6 at Ohio State.

Because Dulin also placed in two other individual events and helped a relay place, the Raiders were in contention late in the meet for taking home the team trophy.

"(Dulin) raced at about 6 p.m., and after we all got back to the tent, he's sitting there and I say, 'Guys, we're going to be the state runner-up or really close to it', and his face lights up," Ladowitz said. "He gets it. We've been teaching the team concept. They all stepped up pretty well."

Reynoldsburg settled for a third-place tie with Cincinnati Northwest with 24 points. Pickerington North scored 52 points to capture its first title and Mason came in second with 28.

Mason, however, needed fourth-place finishes in the meet's final two events to pass Northwest and the Raiders.

Dulin began the final day of the two-day meet with a fourth-place finish in the long jump (22 feet, 8 inches).

He got that on his final attempt of the first flight to advance to finals, and that ended up being his best effort in the event. Stow-Munroe Falls senior T.J. Lawson won (23-11 1/4).

Dulin then opened the running finals by placing fourth in the 110 hurdles (14.28 seconds), an event in which he has battled much of the season for area supremacy with Pickerington North senior Dairius Ragland and Gahanna senior Quinton Broomfield. Ragland won (13.89) and Broomfield took fifth (14.48).

He followed by joining juniors Danzel Moore and Charles Bigsby and sophomore Travis Marx on the fifth-place 400 relay (42.44) before running the third-fastest time in state-meet history while winning the 300 hurdles (36.32).

"This is everything we've been working for," Dulin said. "Having your (personal-best time) here feels great. I didn't really imagine doing (36.32).

"I'm really proud of the other guys. They gave everything they had and I'm really proud of my team."

The other members of the relay were appreciative of being able to place as well as compete with Dulin, who also took third in the 300 hurdles a year ago.

"He's like a brother and we're going to miss him a lot," Marx said.

Dulin became the first athlete in program history to place at state in four events, according to Ladowitz.

"People need to know what a stud (Dulin) is," Ladowitz said. "He did the long jump at noon but we picked him up at 10 a.m. so he was out in the sun all day, and his last race wasn't until 6 p.m. We did the best we could to keep him hydrated and he scored in four events. That's just a testament to his incredible athleticism."

Girls relay makes final at state meet

The girls team's 400 relay made it to the second day of the state meet but settled for ninth (59.88) as the top eight made the podium.

The relay of junior Bryanna Barber and sophomores Layanna Gauthney, Hannah Gaskins and Tylar Mixon had the eighth-best time heading into the final but dropped the baton on an exchange.

"The good news for us was that they acted like we would have expected," Ladowitz said. "They really, really wanted it. We've had drops early in the season and had to shuffle the relay around once Gloria (Opoku) wasn't going to be back (because of an injury). We worked hard to become good at it, but the outgoing runner left a little too early.

"It's OK because it should light a fire under them. I couldn't say much because everyone had tears in their eyes. They're going to remember the drop, but she picked it up and finished."