Upon finishing her final prep race June 2 in the Division I state track and field meet at Ohio State, Dublin Coffman High School senior Abby Steiner had to wait for about 10 seconds for the scoreboard to show her time after winning her fourth consecutive title in the 200 meters.
Once the 22.73 seconds flashed across the scoreboard, her hands went over her face in excitement and junior teammate Isabelle Angerman ran to hug her.
During a weekend in which Steiner also captured her third consecutive state title in the 100, she ended up in the records tent a few yards away from the finish line four times.
Steiner broke her own state record in the 100 on June 1 during the preliminaries when she ran 11.47 and then topped that while winning the title the next day in 11.38.
In the 200, she set the state record with a 23.17 on June 1 before smashing the mark the next day.
"I didn't see this (career) coming," Steiner said.
"God has a really good plan for me and it's been amazing. I never pictured it, but it's turned out."
Combined with the 800 relay titles she helped win in 2016 and '17, Steiner will begin her collegiate career next year at Kentucky after having won seven indoor and nine outdoor state titles.
Steiner, Angerman and sophomore Simone Rivard-Roberts all ran on the state-championship 800 relay in 2017 and likely would have had another shot at the title this spring if not for injuries.
The relay, which also included senior Jennifer Schulze, finished first (1:40.85) in the district 1 meet that concluded May 19 at Hilliard Darby, but Rivard-Roberts suffered an ankle injury the day before the regional preliminaries.
Steiner also was dealing with a hamstring issue during the preliminaries of the 200 at the regional held May 23 and 25 at Pickerington North and ended up scratching from the final of the 800 relay, which finished eighth (1:46.26).
After taking the next three days off, Steiner felt healthy for state. She also has changed her strategy slightly in the 200 this season, which might have contributed to her latest records in the event.
"Normally, I don't put a lot of emphasis on my 200 start, but this year I was thinking about it more and I think it's helped on that first curve a lot," Steiner said.
Angerman's season also finished on a high note.
After placing second in the 300 hurdles in 43.33 at regional to earn a second consecutive state berth, she eclipsed that time with a 42.93 in the state final to earn a runner-up finish.
The 28 points Angerman and Steiner scored gave Coffman a fourth-place finish behind champion Gahanna (51) as 64 teams scored.
Angerman's strong finish came despite battling shin splints earlier in the season and missing three weeks of training in April because of a gall bladder issue.
"I love all the competition," Angerman said. "I always want to be the best. Whenever there's somebody to chase, it always pushes me to do better.
"Finally I'm peaking. It took a long time. I had to trust the coaches. I was complaining a couple weeks ago about why I hadn't (ran a personal-best time yet). They're like, 'Just wait, it'll come.' (On May 30) I found out (my gall bladder) needs removed. I've been running through it since the beginning of April. It was painful to eat and I lost some weight in April, but I'm back now."
Steiner and Angerman helped the Shamrocks finish third (108) in the OCC-Central Division meet May 10 and 12 at home, behind Hilliard Davidson (201) and Upper Arlington (124) and ahead of Marysville (78), Westland (6) and Central Crossing (4). Coffman finished third (102.5) at the 16-team district meet behind Pickerington Central (112) and Thomas Worthington (107.5) and ninth (33) at regional behind champion Gahanna (84) as 32 teams scored.
Steiner and Schulze led a senior class that also included Delaney Marsalek and Ellie Weber, both of whom ran on the 3,200 relay along with sophomore Lydia Ainsworth and freshman Abigail Scherer that was 12th (10:00.09) at regional.
Rivard-Roberts and Angerman are expected to return to lead a sprint corps that also should include junior SeRaye Bray, sophomores Abigail Collier and Karlee North and freshman Hallie Mitchell. Sophomore Ashley Fitzgerald was a regional qualifier in the high jump, junior Rachel Hoadley was a regional qualifier in the pole vault and North finished fifth at regional in the pole vault (11 feet).
Boys track team gets on podium three times
The boys track and field team placed in three events at the Division I state meet.
Senior Lucas Bons, who ran on the 3,200 relay that won the state title in 2015 and was runner-up in 2016 and then placed third in the 1,600 at state last season, came up just short of the title in the 1,600 on June 2.
Bons placed second in 4:09.25 behind Liberty Township Lakota East senior Dustin Horter, who ran 4:06.96 to win for the second year in a row.
Bons elected not to run the 800 after qualifying for state, but joined juniors Ricky Pinney and Kevin Sabath and sophomore Jameel Williamson on the 1,600 relay that placed fifth (3:20.69).
Junior Derek Van Vlerah placed fourth in the high jump (6-6) as Coffman scored 17 points to tie for 11th behind champion Pickerington Central (58) as 69 teams scored.
"I was very satisfied," said Bons, who has committed to run track and cross country at Brigham Young. "In the (1,600), my goal was to get the win, but Dustin is so talented he had me by quite a bit at the end. I was pleased with my time.
"I felt with the (1,600 relay) that I wanted to give it my all. It was so fun to get fifth. I'm going to miss it, but I'm excited for what's to come."
The 1,600 relay that began with Pinney, followed by Sabath, Bons and Williamson, was seeded seventh heading into the final.
Pinney was a move-in from New Hampshire.
"We wanted to make sure our first two runners would (run 50 seconds) and me and Lucas would have to run at least 49 to get the job done," Williamson said.
Van Vlerah cleared a personal-best 6-6 to win the high jump title at regional, helping Coffman place sixth (30) behind champion Pickerington Central (97), and duplicated the feat at state.
"I've had a sprained ankle and turf toe so it was frustrating, but it's all good now," Van Vlerah said.
"(The week before regional) I was feeling better. Practice (had) been going pretty horribly and it's nice to come out and do well when it counts."
Coffman finished third (105) in the OCC-Central meet, behind Davidson (159) and UA (117) and ahead of Marysville (72), Central Crossing (53) and Westland (15), and followed with a runner-up finish (94) in the 16-team district 1 meet behind Pickerington Central (158).
Bons led a senior class that also included Kaleb Holcomb, who was a regional qualifier in the discus, sprinters Jeslord Boateng, Keean Griffin and Cam Scott and middle-distance runners Ryan Bosworth and Arnaldo Gonzalez Calero.
Others eligible to return after competing at regional are sophomores Michael Ching (sprints), Alex Dediu (middle distance) and Takeru Yamaoka (sprints). Junior Dustin Drye was another key sprinter.
Boys lacrosse team falls in state semi
A late rally by the boys lacrosse team came up short in a 16-15 overtime loss to Cleveland St. Ignatius in a Division I state semifinal May 30 at Wooster.
The Shamrocks, who entered the contest on a 19-game winning streak, rallied from a pair of five-goal deficits and forced overtime on a goal by junior Evan James with 1:48 remaining in the fourth period.
St. Ignatius' Merick Hartley scored the winning goal with 3:06 left in overtime as Coffman finished 21-2 overall.
"It just shows that we don't quit no matter how big the hole," junior attacker Ethan Tyack said.
"We just started winning the 50-50 ground balls (in the second half) and that made a big difference. It helped us come back, but unfortunately we came up short."
Coffman won the OCC-Central title, going 7-0 to finish ahead of Upper Arlington (6-1), Davidson (5-2), Pickerington Central (4-3), Pickerington North (3-4), Gahanna (2-5), Marysville (1-6) and Newark (0-7).
The Shamrocks also won their second consecutive Emerald Cup, beating Jerome 16-6 on April 13 and Scioto 15-3 on May 9.
As the top seed for Division I, Region 1, Coffman beat 16th-seeded Berea-Midpark 23-1 on May 15, 11th-seeded Olmsted Falls 23-4 on May 18, fourth-seeded Jerome 19-6 on May 22 and second-seeded Olentangy Liberty 9-5 in the regional final May 25.
The Shamrocks are losing eight seniors, led by Cam Bowdy (attacker), Dom Elmo (goalkeeper), Luke Holland (attacker), Jack Kreber (midfielder), Steven Strong (defender) and Sky Wayne (defender).
Bowdy was named OCC-Central Player of the Year, first-team all-Region and an All-American after finishing with 57 goals and 57 assists. A Denison commit, he ranks first in program history in career points (278) and career assists (138) and third in career goals (140).
Holland was second-team all-league and first-team all-region and finished second in program history for goals in a season with 84.
Elmo and Wayne were second-team all-league and all-region and Kreber was honorable mention in both the league and region.
Juniors Wyatt Bartlett (midfielder), Nick Harris (midfielder), Evan James (midfielder) and Zach Kasun (defender) and sophomore Cam Kirk (long-stick midfielder) join Tyack as players who should lead the way next season.
Tyack had 51 goals and 58 assists and has 102 goals and 102 assists for his career, while James had 59 goals and 34 assists this season.
James was named an All-American as well as first-team all-league and all-region, and Tyack was first-team all-league and all-region.
Harris was first-team all-region and second-team all-league, Kasun was first-team all-league and honorable mention all-region, Bartlett was first-team all-region and second-team all-league and Kirk was second-team all-region.
"(The seniors had the) winningest class in Dublin Coffman history," coach Shane Comisford said.
"(They led us in) building our foundation."