Once his commitment to play football for the Air Force Academy was wrapped up over the winter, senior Camby Goff continued to work out with an eye on his final track and field season at Reynoldsburg High School.
Goff, who mostly competed in sprinting events the past two years, was encouraged by the coaching staff to concentrate on a field event.
At first, he settled on the high jump. But he also gave the long jump a try for the first time, and he eventually excelled in that event.
After placing fourth in the OCC-Ohio Division meet May 9 at Groveport with an effort of 21 feet, 5 inches that was just ahead of teammates Andre Turner and Josh Ly, Goff jumped 21-9 1/4 in the Division I, district 3 meet May 15 at Hilliard Darby to earn the fourth and final qualifying berth to the regional meet.
In the regional May 22 at Pickerington North, Goff finished 12th (20-8 3/4) behind champion Jaeschel Acheampong of Olentangy Orange (23-9 3/4). The fourth-place finisher, Elijah Young of Worthington Kilbourne, went 22-1 3/4 to earn the final state berth.
The regional concluded May 24 with the top four finishers in each event advancing to the state meet Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1, at Ohio State.
"It means a lot (to be at the regional)," Goff said. "It's actually my first year long-jumping. I feel like I should have done it earlier, but it's good to be in the regional. My (coaches) just brought something out of me. I was doing running events like the (800-meter relay and 400 relay), but I did (long jump) at one of the (junior varsity) meets and popped a 20 and the rest is history."
Goff, who scored four touchdowns while splitting time between running back and wide receiver and had two interceptions and one fumble recovery while playing defensive back for the football team last fall, is an example of what track coach Richard Ladowitz calls "stick-to-itiveness."
"He had dabbled with the high jump the last couple years and was on our (800 and 400 relays) last year at district," Ladowitz said. "We didn't see him much (during the) indoor (track season this winter) because he was doing his college stuff and lifting, and he came and said he wanted to come out for track (this spring). ... He didn't start out jumping 21 (feet), he started with 18s his first couple meets and kept at it and then all of a sudden he got a 19 and then a 20. We actually had a good long jump competition between Camby, Andre Turner and Josh Ly and I could only take two to district, but Camby was the most consistent and we got to reward that."
Also competing in a regional final May 22 was the 3,200 relay of juniors Wendesen King and Breyon Eddings and sophomores Seth Davis and Mars Davis. They finished ninth (8 minutes, 11.14 seconds) behind champion Pickerington Central (7:50.06) and about 14 seconds behind fourth-place Gahanna (7:57.2).
"We're pretty happy about (making it to the regional)," Seth Davis said. "What really came together was all of us being on the same page, making sure we actually take the time to focus on our form and all the little things."
Also competing at regional for the boys team were Doniven Jackson in the 100, Muhammad Fall in the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles, Jeremiah Burton in the shot put, King in the 800, Keyshawn Brown in the 100, the 400 relay, the 800 relay and the 1,600 relay.
Competing at regional for the girls were Jessica Ricks in the 100 and 100 hurdles, Mya Graham in the 200, Milan Patterson in the long jump, the 400 relay and the 1,600 relay.
"It's great to have anything besides just sprinters (at the regional)," Ladowitz said.
Volleyball team losing four seniors
The boys volleyball team is losing four seniors after going 1-24 overall and 0-14 in the OCC-Ohio.
Junior outside hitter Donovan Travis should be the top returnee for the Raiders, whose season ended with a 25-9, 25-14, 25-16 loss to top-seeded Darby on May 18 in the second round of the Division I East Region tournament. Reynoldsburg was the last of 19 seeds.
The Raiders earned their only victory April 6 when they beat Licking Heights 21-25, 25-22, 25-21 in a tri-match at Olentangy Berlin. Their closest loss was 20-25, 25-21, 25-17 against Northland on May 3, and they also won three other regular-season sets.
Bryce Jenkins, an outside hitter who has committed to Wittenberg, led the senior class. Other seniors were Boyd Davis (opposite hitter), Xavier Prince (setter/middle hitter) and Daylen Washington (setter/mi-ddle hitter).
Others eligible to return include sophomores Ethan Capetillo (setter), Sam Gilmore (opposite hitter), J.J. Massengale (outside hitter) and Gabe Sargent (defensive specialist) and freshmen Desmond Barber (opposite hitter), Caleb Meyer (defensive specialist), Fergus Theibert (defensive specialist) and Brent Turner (defensive specialist).