Wayne girls place fourth at D-I state track meet

Wayne High School senior Jasmine Kennerson sprints to the finish line at the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division I state track and field championships on Saturday afternoon at Hilliard Darby High School. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY MICHAEL COOPER
Wayne High School senior Jasmine Kennerson sprints to the finish line at the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division I state track and field championships on Saturday afternoon at Hilliard Darby High School. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY MICHAEL COOPER

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HILLIARD — The Wayne High School girls 400-meter relay team stood on the podium just a few minutes longer than the competition.

The Warriors had reason to celebrate — they had just been crowned state champions.

Wayne’s relay team of juniors Sanai Lynch and Gianna Cameron and seniors Jordan Hampton and Jasmine Kennerson won the state championship in a time of 47.51 at the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division I state track and field championships on Saturday afternoon at Hilliard Darby High School.

“We’re really excited,” Lynch said. “We’ve been through a lot this year with different injuries and making it through bad days and bad meets and practices. It’s all really paid off today.”

The Wayne girls team placed fourth overall, scoring 28 points overall.

The Warriors 800 relay team of Cameron, Hampton, Kennerson and Shamaria Davis placed seventh in 1:42.05.

“I felt like we did good, especially making it this far,” Kennerson said.

Cameron also placed third in the 200 (25.11) and fourth in the 100 meters (12.13). Kennerson also placed fifth in the 200 (25.58). Wayne pole vaulter Megan Rybitski also placed eighth, clearing 12 feet.

Centerville senior Emma Bucher, an Ohio State commit, won the 1,600-meter run in 4:45.89. After stepping off the podium, she still hadn’t caught her breath.

“It was crazy,” Bucher said. “I honestly don’t even remember most of it.”

Centerville High School senior Emma Bucher sprints to the finish line at the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division I state track and field championships on Saturday afternoon at Hilliard Darby High School. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY MICHAEL COOPER
Centerville High School senior Emma Bucher sprints to the finish line at the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division I state track and field championships on Saturday afternoon at Hilliard Darby High School. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY MICHAEL COOPER

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Bucher finished second in 2018 and fourth in 2019. A year ago, she suffered a stress fracture in her tibia and has worked her way back into shape over the last two years.

“My coaches told me there was a possibility that I could go out with a strategy and possibly win,” she said. “I believed in that, but it’s surreal to think that could be a possibility. It was a really fun and awesome way to end my high school career. I’m glad I could compete with all these girls today. They’re so talented.”

In the girls 300-meter hurdles, Stivers senior Zora Boddie placed fourth (44.56), while Trotwood-Madison senior Kayla Huston placed seventh (44.95).

Northmont senior Alexis Boykin was third in the shot put with a toss of 44-5.25.

The Beavercreek 3,200 relay team of seniors Abigail Hobbs and Juliann Williams, freshman Abigail Roberts and junior Grace Daily placed sixth in 9:16.58.

The Beavers’ 1,600 relay team of Williams, Hobbs, senior Ashtyn Gluck and sophomore Elinor Shuttleworth placed fourth in 3:54.54. Williams also placed third in the 1,600 in 4:53.49.

Xenia senior Reaghan Wakefield placed fourth in the high jump, clearing 5 feet, five inches.

Centerville’s Mia Robillard also placed fifth in the 1,600 in 5:01.16.

Miamisburg junior Lanisia Wilson placed seventh in the 100 hurdles in 15.29.

In the boys meet, Miamisburg junior Seth Elking was state runner-up in the 1,600 in 4:13.29.

Wayne junior Tyler Stargel placed fourth in the 110 hurdles in 14.52 and placed seventh in the 300 meter hurdles in 39.36. Wayne junior Aamil Wagner was third with a toss of 58-10.5.

The Centerville 800 relay team of juniors Luke Fullenkamp and Preston Jason and seniors Jonah Schneider and Cameron Stevens placed seventh in 1:28.63. Stevens also placed eighth in the 400 in 49.71.

The Northmont 1,600 relay team of junior Malachi Staffney, senior Cameron Lucas-Toles, sophomore Jordan Cortner and junior Kojo Mawasha placed third in 3:18.10.

Bellbrook senior Takumi Ford placed third in the 3,200 run (9:05.94) and fifth in the 1,600 run (4:13.87).

Carroll’s Kevin Agnew placed sixth in the 3,200 in 9:21.54.

Springboro senior Collin Warner placed seventh in the discus with a throw of 153-8.

Miamisburg senior Martin Ogbebor was eighth in the high jump, clearing 6-4.