Day 1 OHSAA State Track and Field Updates from Canton Area Athletes
HILLIARD – Luke Laubacher from Perry opened a busy weekend by winning a Division I State Championship in the boys’ long jump on Friday at Hilliard Darby.
Laubacher broke a school record of 41 years with a jump of 23 feet, 9.5 inches in the first flight and passed it with a 24-3.5 in his last attempt in the final. He clinched the state title before his last jump.
Laubacher also qualified for the state in the 110 and 300-meter hurdles and the 100 dash. He did not qualify for the 300 and 100 hurdles finals and made a false start in the 110 hurdles semi-final.
Learn more about Luke Laubacher’s State Championship:“I’m gonna go:” Record day allows Perry’s Luke Laubacher to claim title
Carrollton’s Jacob Baker wins sitting shot put title
Jacob Baker of Carrollton won the first of what he hopes will be several state titles when he won the boys’ sitting shot put with a throw of 19 feet at 4.25 inches.
Baker was fourth seeded with a best shot of 17-7. The state title ends his first season as a pitcher.
Baker qualified for the 100 and 400-place final later on Friday. He is already in the 800 final. All three races will take place on Saturday.
Learn more about the Jacob Baker State Championship:“It’s pretty amazing:” Carrollton’s Jacob Baker wins state championship in sitting shot put
Central Catholic Wins State Relay Championship
The Central Catholic quartet of Ian Paul, Barrett Scheatzle, Blake Abbott and Max Grillo won a state championship in the men’s 3,200-meter relay in Division III.
The quartet won in 7: 58.39.
Scheatzle, who is in the 3,200 finals on Saturday, and Abbott are both seniors. Paul and Grillo are juniors.
East Canton was seventh in 8: 06.08. The relay included Landen Demos, Nick Martino, Brylan Holland and Gabe Shilling.
In the men’s Division III long jump, Vincent Zeren of Saint-Thomas d’Aquin was sixth in 20-11.5
Jackson’s Leena Patibandla a double All-Ohioan
Jackson’s sophomore Leena Patibandla took home honors from Ohio at two events on Friday morning, showing her versatility.
She climbed 5 feet 5 inches in the women’s high jump to finish fifth. She was also eighth for the girls with a 121-4 throw.
Mani Powell, Connor McClure also All-Ohio
McKinley’s Mani Powell was fifth in the boys’ shot put. His top throw was 57-7.5.
Connor McClure of Green was fifth in the boys’ pole vault, going 15-10.
Hoover Boys 3,200-meter relay takes fifth place
The Hoover men’s 3,200-meter relay team finished fifth in one of two Division I track finals held on Friday.
Blaze Fichter, Jacob Cureton, Noah Johnson and John Hollon had a season best time of 7: 50.91. The Vikings were regional champions last week.
Brant Marchand All-Ohio in Division II
During the Division II track and field competition at Pickerington High School North, Fairless junior Brant Marchand was third in pole vault.
The Falcons school record holder in that event was one of three athletes to clear 14-10. Marchand was angry with himself when he failed to clear 15-2, which would have set a new school record.
“I was trying to get 15-6 today,” Marchand said. “That’s what I would have been happy with. The wind was swirling. I don’t know if that affected my momentum.”
Javin Richards of Lake County Perry won the pole vault with a height of 15-6, while Jimmy Rhoads of Liberty Union was second at 14-10.
Elsewhere in Division II, Brenden Hamilton of Marlington was sixth in the boys’ long jump, 21-9, while Mason Tucci of Sandy Valley was eighth (21-6.75). In the men’s shot put, Josiah Cox of Manchester was seventh (54-0.5). In the girls’ long jump, Lexi Tucci of Sandy Valley was ninth (5-2).
In the 3,200 boys relay, Marlington was fourth in 8: 02.98 and Fairless eighth in 8: 08.11. The Marlington team included Cohen Boyce, Noah Graham, Liam Blake and Colin Cernansky. The Fairless Relay featured Brody Pumneo, Mason Palmer, Logan Thomas and Michael Palmer.