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High School Track: Springfield flash makes up for wayward jump

A monumental failure was the inspiration Quincy Scott used to unload some major payback.

An outstanding sprinter, the Springfield High School senior also is top shelf in his specialty, the long jump. He missed the 24-foot barrier by a half inch last year to place second in the Division I state meet. That made him a marked long jumper this season.

And all went according to plan until Wednesday’s opening day of the Greater Western Ohio Conference divisional meet at Memorial Stadium. Instead of posting another impressive victory, he fouled four times, didn’t register a leap and failed to qualify for Friday’s GWOC championships.

Whoops.

“I was really upset,” he said. “That’s my event. Coach told me to take it out in the 100 and that’s what I did.”

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Beavercreek, paced by emerging sophomore distance standout Taylor Ewert, placed second in the final running event, the 4x400-meter relay, to secure the girls overall team title, edging Centerville 93.5-88.5. Wayne won the 4x400 relay to clinch the boys team title over runner-up Centerville, 115-90.

The divisional titles also were settled following the 800 and 3,200 runs. Centerville (GWOC National East), Northmont (National West), Troy (American North) and Trotwood-Madison (South) were the girls team divisional champions. The boys team divisional winners were Wayne (National East), Springboro (West), Butler (American North) and Trotwood (South).

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No one could stay with Scott in the 100 (10.95) and 200 (21.76) and he was even better in the 4x100 relay. He passed Wayne and Fairmont anchors after the final exchange from Jacob Yost and blurred to a GWOC record 42.41. Joining Scott and Yost on the relay were Austin Tyree and Michael Brown-Stephens.

Scott, headed to Tiffin University on a track and field athletic scholarship, will be among the D-I state favorites in all three of those running events – and the long jump – beginning with next week’s district. That disappointment in the GWOC long jump should be postseason incentive.

“It was just best to forget and move on,” he said.

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• Ewert swept the most grueling distance challenge to lead Beavercreek’s girls. She won 800 (2:15.44) and 3,200 (10:40.55) on Friday. On Wednesday she topped the field in the 1,600 (4:57.63) and the 4x800 relay (941.53).

“It’s awesome,” she said. “I have a lot of confidence.”

Taylor is the younger sister for 2017 Beavercreek grad and distance standout Ben Ewert, now a freshman runner at Louisville.

• Wayne junior Lucas Houk posted personal bests in winning the 800 (1:56.03) and 1,600 (4:24.31). The Warriors also had wins from senior Joel Crain in the shot put (55-11.50) and junior Zarik Brown in the 400 (48.70).

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• Butler senior Daiton Sharp and Troy sophomore Lenea Browder also set records.

Sharp flew 23-4.75 to establish a new boys long jump mark. Browder had two heaves of 41 feet in the shot put, then unloaded a record 45-10.25 to win by more than nine feet. They also will be among the favorites to place in their specialties in the D-I state meet.

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• Trotwood-Madison senior Joshua Byars-Mason extended his mastery in the 110 high hurdles (14.44) and 300 hurdles (38.37). He signed to run track at Central State on Wednesday.

• Centerville junior Yariel Soto had another all-around outstanding performance. He was second in the long jump (22-11.50), third in the pole vault (14-10) and third in the 400 (49.61).

• Piqua will host all three Division I, II and III district meets this week. Other district meets will be at Wayne (D-I), Graham (D-II) and Milton-Union (D-III). The top four placers in each district event advance to the following week’s regional meets.

None of the district or regional competition will be at Dayton’s Welcome Stadium.

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