Greenville junior Riley Hunt set a state pole vault record (13-6) during Wednesday’s divisional championship and added a GWOC track and field championship (13-2) at Troy’s Memorial Stadium on Friday, May 10, 2019. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Greenville vaulter sets sights on new heights after state record

“Last year I was very motivated, but this year I’m at a different level of motivation,” the record-setting junior admitted during Friday’s Greater Western Ohio Conference track and field championships at Troy’s Memorial Stadium.

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“Pole vault is my passion and I love it. It’s really fun to do something you love. Being mentally strong is a really big factor.”

Greenville junior Riley Hunt set a state pole vault record (13-6) during Wednesday’s divisional championship and added a GWOC track and field championship (13-2) at Troy’s Memorial Stadium on Friday, May 10, 2019. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Hunt followed up her all-divisions state record of 13 feet, 6.50 inches set during Wednesday’s GWOC divisional meet at Troy by also capturing the overall GWOC title (13-2) on Friday.

The Wayne boys were powered by record-setting sprinter Zarik Brown and ran away with the team title, 108-89 over runner-up Centerville. Miamisburg (61.5) was third.

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Troy record-setter Lenea Browder led the Trojans to a girls team title, 105-89 over runner-up Beavercreek. Springboro (68) was third.

Miamisburg senior Colin Dillon (left) won the 110-meter high hurdles (14.24) and Springfield senior Austin Tyree was third during the GWOC track and field meet at Troy’s Memorial Stadium on Friday, May 10, 2019. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Hunt missed three attempts of 13-7 on Friday. Her record jump on Wednesday bettered the previous all-divisions state record set by Anna Watson of Lewis Center Olentangy Orange in 2017.

That makes Hunt a state favorite. That was a given, considered she has set her sights on 14 feet.

“It’s a very good pressure,” she said. “I know I have to meet my own expectations. I was being consistent at 13 and my goal at the end of the season is 14. I just want to thank everyone for their support, especially my family. I’m just super blessed and thankful for all the opportunities I’ve been given.”

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• Brown swept the sprints and opened by setting a record in the 100 meters (10.64), bettering the record Michael Willey of Miamisburg (10.74) set in 2008. He coasted to another 400 win (50.21) and just missed setting another record in the 200 (21.50).

Centerville senior Libby Roush was second in the discus in the GWOC track and field meet at Troy’s Memorial Stadium on Friday, May 10, 2019. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

The Warriors were without hurdler Justin Harris, who sat out with a minor leg injury. He’ll be key in Wayne’s drive for Division I district, regional and state team championships.

• Browder, just a junior, reset GWOC records in her specialties. She won the discus (152-1) by more than nine feet and added a shot put title (44-9). Both those new meet marks surpassed the previous records that Isis Trotman of Centerville established in 2016.

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• Northmont’s Lelia Hill joined Brown as an individual triple winner. Headed to Ohio State University to run, the Thunderbolts senior swept the 100 hurdles (15.06), 300 hurdles (45.56) and long jump (17-2.50).

Members of the West Carrollton girls 800-meter relay hug it out after being disqualified during the GWOC track and field meet at Troy’s Memorial Stadium on Friday, May 10, 2019. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

• Dunbar won its 25th consecutive Dayton City League boys championship at Welcome Stadium on Tuesday, defeating runner-up Belmont 153-117. Wolverines senior Zamir Youngblood won the long jump (21-10.25) and 400 (51.61) and was second in the 100 and 200. Belmont senior Herman Chongwain swept the 100 (10.75) and 200 (21.91).

Dunbar also won the girls championship, 144-115 over second-place Stivers.

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• The three-week track and field postseason begins with district meets in all three divisions this week. D-I districts are Wednesday and Friday at Bellbrook and Piqua. D-II districts are Thursday and Saturday at Graham and Piqua. D-III districts are Tuesday and Saturday at Milton-Union and Piqua.

The top four district placers in each event advance to the following week’s regional.

Greenville junior Riley Hunt set a state pole vault record (13-6) during Wednesday’s divisional championship and added a GWOC track and field championship (13-2) at Troy’s Memorial Stadium on Friday, May 10, 2019. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

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