Since junior high, Greenon High School’s Rachel Stute, Kenton Ridge’s Iman Salhieh and Jamari McDavid dueled in sprints.
The trio often traded places winning the 100-meter dash, 200 and 400. On Saturday at the Division II track and field district meet in St. Paris, they found something else in common – injuries.
McDavid – running with her right hamstring heavily taped – dropped to the Graham High School track and crawled to the infield grass after finishing second to Salhieh in the 100. Stute was fourth.
“Terrible. It just started about two weeks ago,” said McDavid, a junior who won the D-II long jump state championship in 2014 and finished second last season. “It started pulling but I didn’t say anything because I could manage the pain. It’s getting pretty bad.”
Salhieh and Stute, both seniors, can relate. Salhieh felt her hamstring pop last season. Stute missed all of last season with a torn quad.
“I saw her go down after the 100 and immediately thought, ‘Please tell me she did not hear a pop,’” Salhieh said. “It’s probably really bad, but I’m just happy she didn’t blow her leg out. She should be winning state in the long jump. This is the last thing she needs.”
In addition to the 100, McDavid qualified for next week’s regional meet in the long jump. She gutted out three leaps including a winning effort of 16-10.25. She pulled out of the 200 and 400.
“The goal was to qualify in all four events,” KR coach Melissa Sherrock said. “With her hamstring, we’re trying to prevent her from totally pulling it.
“She said it was tweaked a little bit. On Thursday she was really hurting. She’s a kid and she’s thinking just get through it.”
Salhieh qualified for the regional meet with victories in the 100 and 200. Stute won the 400, finished third in the 200 and fourth in the 100 to advance.
“It’s been that way since 8th grade,” Stute said of competing against KR’s duo. “We’ve been pushing each other and supporting each other. It’s a friendly competition and it’s fun.”
- Carroll’s boys and girls swept the team titles. The boys beat runner-up Versailles 104 to 82 and qualified five individuals in six events along with two relay teams. Senior Dan LaJeunesse (300 hurdles) and sophomore Sam Johnson (400) won individual titles, while the 800 and 1,600 relay teams also won. The girls advanced in five individual events and three relays, led by senior Christina Kallet’s winning pole vault of 9-0.
- Anna junior Logan Konst set a district meet record with a winning pole vault of 15-2. Konst topped the previous mark of 15-1 set by Coldwater’s Ben Pax in 2005, eclipsing the mark on his third and final attempt.
- Milton-Union sophomore Beyonce Bobbitt set a district meet record in the discus with a throw of 136-11. She broke the record of 128-0, set by Brookville’s Allie Conry last year. Conry, a senior, finished second with a toss of 133-10.