During her first season competing for the Ready High School girls track and field team last spring, Tenny Maker progressed enough to qualify for the Division III regional meet in the long jump.
Maker took another step forward this season, advancing to compete at state May 31 at Ohio State.
"I felt like my progress has gotten better since last year," she said. "I'm glad to end my senior year with this."
Maker landed a jump of 16 feet, 8 1/4 inches on her third and final attempt of the first round of the regional May 22 to advance to the final May 24 at Fairfield Union.
Although she wasn't able to surpass that distance in any of her final three jumps at regional, it was enough for her to advance to state with a runner-up finish.
In the final round, Delaware Christian junior Lyssi Snouffer completed a jump of 17-5 on her final attempt to capture the regional title.
Maker was the last athlete to compete, following Snouffer, but fouled on her final try.
"It's a new experience," Maker said. "I started track last year, so getting this far is really surprising to me."
Maker had the fifth-best regional distance in the state. Leipsic's Carlee Siefker entered as the No. 1 seed with a jump of 18-10 3/4, and Snouffer had the third-best regional jump.
"From a technical standpoint on her fly (on her state-qualifying attempt) she looked really good with her height and also her extension," coach Rachel Wayne said. "She had a smooth run-through (and) hit the board nicely. It was a little slow on the run-through, actually, but her extension really helped.
"I'm so stressed out right now, but so happy. I'm just so excited that Tenny made it to state for her senior year.
"In our district, Tenny and Lyssi are two of the ones that are (among the best). We've been trying to keep our heads where they need to be because I know our girls a lot of times get in their own heads and it's not so great. We've been trying not to give them too many stats ahead of time."
Also at the regional for Ready, senior Derricka Bramwell placed ninth in the shot put (34-7 1/4) and junior Lindsey Bair was 16th in the long jump (14-11) and sixth in the 400 meters (1 minute, .79 of a second). The final at-large qualifier to state in the 400 ran 59.96.
Ready scored 11 points to tie for 19th behind champion Peebles (71) as 40 teams scored.
Representing the boys team was junior Oumar Dia, who placed 14th in the 300 hurdles (44.18).
"(Dia) did make it (to regional), so we're hoping to take him even further (next season)," Wayne said. "He actually (ran a personal best) this year by four-something seconds in the 300 hurdles, so he's had an excellent season."