Luis Bolanos-Cruz finished his career with the Central Crossing High School boys track and field team by standing in his highest position on the podium at the Division I state meet.

The senior placed fifth in the shot put (56 feet, 3 1/2 inches) on June 1 at Ohio State to earn his second consecutive all-state honor in the event.

"It's a podium spot, and that's all I could ask for," said Bolanos-Cruz, who also finished 13th in the discus (153-0). "It wasn't a (personal record) and I'm not mad about it, but I'm not content, either.

"I gave my all and just couldn't get ahold of one. You have those meets sometimes, and you have to get over it."

Last spring, Bolanos-Cruz placed sixth in the shot put (57-5) and 14th in the discus (154-5). As a sophomore, he was 16th in the shot put (50-10).

He scored all four of his team's points as the Comets tied for 48th behind champion Pickerington Central (87 points) as 78 teams scored.

"Luis needed to get under (the shot put) a little more, but all in all, to get on the podium was great," throws coach Sarah Hall said. "There's always stiff competition up here.

"As a sophomore, he went from throwing 38 feet to 52-2, and that came from hard work. He put in the work needed to advance, and he'll go even farther in college (at Tiffin)."

In the regional that concluded May 24 at Pickerington North, Bolanos-Cruz advanced to state by winning the shot put with a program-record throw of 57-9 1/4. He also was third in the discus (161-0).

"Going into regional, we had worked on Luis' throwing (of the shot put) and he started to change things like getting under it more, his release and his follow-through at the end," Hall said. "That really paid off for him."

Bolanos-Cruz scored all 16 of the Comets' points at regional.

Senior Abriana Mann competed for the girls team at regional in the 300-meter hurdles, finishing ninth in a personal-best 46.56 seconds.

Mann led a six-athlete senior class for the girls. Bolanos-Cruz, sprinter/hurdler Sel Adehe, sprinter Manny Codjoe and distance-runner Michael Fry were standouts in an 11-athlete boys senior class.

"We are losing some seniors that will be tough to replace," said coach Reggie Cannon, who completed his third season leading both teams. "It's difficult replacing kids like Sel Adehe, Manny Codjoe and Michael Fry ... and Abri and Mia Martinez for the girls.

"They have held things together for four years. They were here before I was head coach and they bought into things after I became head coach. They were bringing people in and now it's time for the next group to do that."

Sophomores Kyren Glaze and A.J. Farmer and juniors Tye Bradley and Anthony Lowe won the boys 400 relay (44.68) in the OCC-Central Division meet held May 9 and 11 at Hilliard Davidson.

Juniors Donovan Collins and Kiya Conner are expected to be the top returnees in the boys and girls throws, respectively. Juniors Haley Cox (jumps/sprints) and Jennifer Pena-Zamora (distance) also are expected to return for the girls.

"We suffered from a lack of numbers," said Cannon, who will take over the cross country teams this fall from Doug Boggs after nine seasons. "We have numbers that make it difficult to compete at Division II, let alone Division I.

"How do I get more people to participate and understand what it takes to be competitive? That's my job over the next eight to 10 months. Hopefully, we'll have a good group for indoor season that we can build on during the outdoors."

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