Eric Cospy made certain Trotwood-Madison will be well represented at next week’s state track and field meet, in the discus.
The Runnin’ Rams couldn’t stay up with their long run of record-setting sprinters and relays the last couple of years. Cospy ended that drought with a stunning win in Wednesday’s opening day of the Division I high school track and field regional at Welcome Stadium.
Hampered by a gusting tail wind that often pushes the discus groundward, Cospy led the field after his first throw and ended with a personal best heave of 159 feet, nine inches. That made a runner-up of Wayne senior Robert Landers (153-6), the defending state shot put champ.
It was the first time Cospy, looking more like a sprinter than weights man, had beaten his Greater Western Ohio Conference rival.
“Usually, I throw something farther than him, then he’ll catch me,” Cospy said. “It felt good to hold onto the lead this time. I was confident coming in. I did a lot of preparation before the meet.”
The top four placers in every regional event qualify for next week’s season-ending state meet at Ohio State University in Columbus. There were just a few field event finals on Wednesday and a final in the 4x800-meter relay. The meet resumes with Friday’s running finals and the rest of the field events.
Cospy was a defensive end and kicker for Trotwood’s football team. His uncle of the same name played on the Rams’ 1981 state runner-up football team.
“It just wasn’t my day,” Landers said. “I’m still happy somebody from the GWOC won. I’m proud of him and he’s a good guy. He’s explosive and quick through the ring. He deserves it.”
• Centerville junior Isis Trotman won the girls discus (140-3). Like Landers, she’ll also be among the favorites in the shot put on Friday.
“I’m consistently PR’ing so it’s good to have that stability,” Trotman said. “I know I’m going into state with a lot of distance behind me. It’s a definite confidence builder.”
• Centerville’s girls also posted an impressive 4x800 relay win in a record 9:14.66. Kelsey Kohls, Melissa Rintoul, Alexa Jennings and Lainey Studebaker combined for a nearly seven-second win, a huge margin for any race at this level.
“It’s definitely not done,” Studebaker said. “This was an opening for our team to get some points. We really got the job done. Next week, that’s when it really hits. We’re really lucky to have such a deep team. This region is really tough so it’s awesome to come out on top.”
• Greenville senior anchor Aaron Balsbaugh went from fifth to a runaway first to capture the boys 4x800 relay (7:55.44).
“This means a lot,” he said “We knew Mason and Centerville and Beavercreek had great teams. I knew we could do it if we put our heart into it. It’s going to be a good push next week.”
Also running for the Green Wave were Bailey Hartle, Sam Harper and Jacob Butsch.
• Tecumseh senior Kyle Terrel cleared 14-8 on his first attempt and won the boys pole vault in an unusually deep field. Nine vaulters cleared 14-4 and five matched Terrel’s 14-8 but not on the first tie-breaking attempt.
Also, Springfield sophomore JaVonne Brashears was third in the long jump (22-7.50).
• Anna sophomore Logan Konst cleared 15-1 to set a D-III regional pole vault record at Troy also on Wednesday. That meet also concludes on Friday at Troy.