Dunbar, Wayne win state track titles; Creek star breaks state record

The Dunbar and Wayne boys track squads successfully defended their indoor team state championships Saturday at Spire Institute northeast of Cleveland, with Wayne winning Division 1, and Dunbar claiming the Division 2/3 crown. It was Dunbar’s sixth straight indoor state title, and Wayne’s second in a row.


Four of the top five boys teams were from the greater Dayton area, as Dunbar won the team title with 46 points, while Fort Recovery was third (27), Chaminade Julienne fourth (25) and Ponitz fifth (24).

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Senior Zamir Youngblood won two individual events for Dunbar. He took the long jump title by half an inch, leaping 21-5. All four of his measured jumps were over 21 feet. Youngblood also won the 400 meters in 49.87 seconds. Ponitz senior Aaron Dobbins was runner-up in 50.44.

Ponitz had an event champion of their own, as senior Mykal Comminey won the triple jump at exactly 43 feet.

Fort Recovery won the 4x200-meter relay crown in a blanket finish of local teams. Fort Recovery ran 1:31.33, outleaning runner-up Chaminade Julienne (1:31.37) and third-place Dunbar (1:31.38). The Dunbar boys also finished second in the 4x400 relay, running 3:30.18.

Two Springfield teams had a strong showing. Robie Glass, a Springfield Shawnee junior, won the boys high jump. He was one of five athletes who cleared 6-foot-4, but he earned the title for having the fewest missed attempts. Shawnee freshman Audrey DeSantis was runner-up in the girls 3200 meters, with a time of 11:17.56.

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Springfield Northwestern senior Adam Riedinger won the shot put with a toss of 59-7 3/4.

The other local event winner was Ansonia junior Brock Shellhaas, who won the boys pole vault with a jump of 15-6.

Other local runners-up were Lauren Christian of Covington with a shot put of 38-6 1/2, Meadowdale junior Javan Poole at 8.39 seconds in the boys 60-meter hurdles, and Chaminade Julienne junior Calvin Hatcher at 22.17 seconds in the 200 meters.


Beavercreek distance runner Taylor Ewert and Wayne sprinter Zarik Brown each won a pair of championships Saturday in Division I.

Wayne’s Brown got some redemption after suffering an injury during the prelims of last summer’s outdoor state championships in Columbus. On Saturday, Brown won the boys 400 meters in 48.77 and the 200 meters in 21.54. He just missed a trifecta, finishing third in the 60 meters at 6.84.

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Ewert followed up her state cross country title from last fall with two dominating victories. She won the 1600-meter championship in a time of 4:49.07, almost seven seconds ahead of the runner-up. In the 3200 meters, Ewert outdistanced second-place Centerville sophomore Emma Bucher by 15 seconds, winning in 10:28.85, a new indoor state meet record.

Wayne’s boys easily won the team title with 57 points, ahead of runner-up Reynoldsburg’s 33. Beavercreek’s girls were third with 40.5 points.

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A few teams south of Dayton had strong showings. Lakota East won the girls team title with 53.5 points, thanks largely to sprinters Kaylyn Heath and Serena Clark. Heath, a senior, won the 60-meter dash in 7.48, with Clark second in 7.59. Clark flipped the result in the 200, winning in 24.16, while Heath was second in 24.69.

Lakota West sophomore Annika Kinley was runner-up in the girls high jump at 5-foot-6, and Mason’s boys 4x200 relay took second in a time of 1:29.92.

The Dayton region dominated the pole vault at the D-I meet. Junior Riley Hunt of Greenville won the girls vault by more than a foot, clearing 13 feet, 1 inch. Junior Dalton Shepler of Vandalia-Butler won the boys competition with a jump of 16-6.

Junior Lenea Browder of Troy won the girls shot put with a toss of 44-7 ¾. Last summer, she was state runner-up outdoors, missing that title by less than 2 inches.

Two veteran boys standouts were state runners-up, as Centerville senior Yariel Soto took second in the long jump, at 22-7 ½, while Lucas Houk of Wayne was second in the 800 meters, at 1:56.47. Centerville sophomore Ellie Spiewak took second in the girls triple jump at 34-6 1/4.

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