Springfield High School juniors Dyier Smith and Quincy Scott have super-charged the boys track and field expectations for this coming season by winning their specialties in the state indoor meet.
Smith placed first in the 60-meter hurdles (7.97) and Scott won the long jump (22 feet, 10.50 inches) during this past Saturday’s Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches Division I championships at the University of Akron’s Stile Field House.
Tyrees Kirkee also was fifth in the high jump (6-2) and Scott added a fifth in the triple jump (42-9.50). That added up to a third-place finish for Springfield (27 points) as a team, trailing only winner Pickerington Central (43) and runner-up Columbus Thomas Worthington (33).
“We were really excited to place that high,” said Wildcats coach Michael Davis, previously an assistant who was promoted to succeed Elliot Shuman. “If we’d have taken a full team we’d have had an opportunity to win.”
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Dunbar won its fourth consecutive combined Divisions II-III boys state team championship and the Wolverines girls weren’t far behind, placing second as a team in Divisions II-III. Dunbar’s girls were runner-up to Beachwood, 39-33.
Gahanna Lincoln (51) won the girls D-I state team title. Lincoln was second in D-I outdoor last spring and won a D-I outdoor team title in 2015. Centerville junior Kennedy Coker was the only area individual winner, besting the triple jump field (37-1).
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Smith and Scott are key members of a program steadily making progress in the Greater Western Ohio Conference and now the state. Other high end Wildcats are middle distance runner Joseph Sheehan and sprinter Anthony Embry, both seniors.
“They are the foundation,” said Davis, a 1990 North grad who excelled in football and track. “We have a good foundation of kids who have been involved for a while and they’ve matured a lot. Their work ethic has changed a lot. They’re hungry.”
Training for the outdoor season officially began Monday. Competition won’t begin until March 25.
Davis, a security aide at the high school, also is in charge of the middle school football program. He was a standout defensive back at the University of Cincinnati and played two seasons in the NFL.
“My goal is to get track on the platform that we’re putting kids in college on full scholarships,” he said. “That’s something we have not had in a while. The expectations remain high for the kids and the coaches and the remainder of the team. Everybody’s really excited about the outdoor season.”