Springfield’s Scott delivers in D-I district when needed most

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Springfield’s Scott delivers in D-I district when needed most

Quincy Scott knew what not to do with one final long jump remaining and a postseason championship on the line: Don’t lose it.

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“I tried not to freak out,” said Scott, Springfield High School’s talented junior, following a clutch final leap that clinched the long jump during Wednesday’s Division I district track and field meet at Wayne High School. “I’ve been in situations like that before. It’s on me. All it takes is one jump to win it.”

The long jump was one of just a few field event finals and the only running final was the 4x800-meter relay. All the other top qualifiers will return to Wayne for Friday’s finals. The top four in each event advance to next week’s D-I regional at Dayton’s Welcome Stadium.

Scott trailed Bellefontaine junior and defending district champion Dezmin Lyburtus by a couple inches with that final jump remaining. A significant tail wind affected most runners in their sprint approach, including Scott. He finally hit the board perfectly on his last attempt and produced a winning leap of 22 feet, 1.75 inches.

“I wasn’t hitting the board,” he said. “On the last jump my first spike hit the board and that little bit of board gave me bounce.”

Lyburtus was second by less than one inch (22-1).

Springfield jr. Quincy Scott unloaded a leap of 22-1.75 on his final jump to win the D-I district long jump at Wayne High School on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

• Trotwood-Madison is in prime position to contend for a boys team title. The Rams posted the fastest qualifying times in the 4x100 (42.46), 4x200 (1:28.82) and 4x400 (3:25.67) relays. Trotwood also earned a No. 1 seed in the 400 by Ja’Shawn Young (50.28) and the 300 hurdles by Joshua Byars-Mason (39.81).

• Other boys winners were the Wayne 4x800 relay (8:17.02), Wayne’s Joel Crain in the discus (149-9) and Greenville vaulter A.J. Frens (15-7), who set a D-I district record.

• Troy’s girls have separated from the team field and hold a 38-16 lead over runner-up Vandalia-Butler. Troy swept the 4x800 relay (9:54.90) and the shot put by freshman Lenea Browder (43-2). The other girls winner was Piqua high jumper Ashley Ho (5-4).

• The Beavercreek boys and Centerville girls were the team leaders after Wednesday’s first day of the D-I district at Dayton’s Welcome Stadium. The Beavers swept the boys (8:09.37) and girls (9:41.54) 4x800 relays. Beavercreek’s boys added another first from senior Jay Drennen in the discus (160-0).

Last week Beavercreek’s boys won the Greater Western Ohio Conference meet at Wayne. That was their first conference team title since 1990.

Springboro senior Malcolm Melvin set a Dayton D-I district pole vault record (14-10). The other boys winner was Middletown’s Marquise Petty in the long jump (22-11).

Girls winners were McKenna Kramer of Bellbrook in the high jump (5-0) on fewer misses and Centerville’s Olivia Fenner in the discus (120-2).

• The D-II boys and girls district meets are Thursday at Dayton’s Welcome Stadium and Graham. D-I district finals are Friday at Wayne and Dayton. D-II and D-III district finals are Saturday.

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Troy senior Hayata Nagata lands in the long jump pit during the D-I district track and field meet at Wayne High School on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF Staff Writer

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