With so many eyes focused on Ted Ginn Jr. at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of The Ohio State University, he hardly could have disappointed anyone with his overall performance, including himself, despite finishing second in one of his four events on the afternoon.
"No, it's not disappointing at all," Ginn said. "Some people probably
think it's disappointing because I lost the 400 but sometimes you've got to
lose some. Before I ran I prayed and I said, ‘God let the best man win.' "So
guess that God thought Zach (Logan) was the best man today. I give all my props to Zach. Zach is a very good runner."
Ginn, who admitted to being confident going into the finals, ended his high school track career in fine fashion, taking three firsts and the one second in leading the Glenville boys to an overwhelming and state-record setting team victory at the very same venue he will continue his college track career at..
"I just thought I had it going today. I was rolling," he said. "I ran hard in the prelims or the semifinals and then he just came out on top in the 400. Like I said, ‘May the best man win,' and that time it was Zach."
Ginn had four firsts and four seconds going into today in his career at the state meet good for 72 points. He added 38 more today to give him 110, passing Jesse Owens himself for third place on the state's all time list.
"I'm very proud of what I did this year, my whole senior year and my whole high school career," he said. "I just knew that track and football would be a vehicle for me to get into college and that's how I used it. And it all worked out for me.
"I feel good. We had a great season and all of these fans came out to watch us run and some of my classmates from my senior class and my family and friends. I just like to make the crowd and everybody happy."
Ironically, it was the 400 that Ginn didn't win. That was the main race that his focus for an Olympic bid was going to be made.
"Yeah, it's disappointing but you just got to let it go and bounce back and then get back on it," Ginn said. "But I'm very proud of my team and I'm very proud for Freddie Lenix who stepped up like a man and came in and did his thing and helped us out in the 4X400. Even though one man (Jamario O'Neal) went down, my dude stepped up and we was ready to roll."
What's next for Ginn?
"I think I got two more meets, the Nationals and the Midwest and then I'm a Buckeye," he said. "And I'm going to play in the Big 33."
His Olympic dreams aren't yet over, but they might be put on hold temporarily.
"The Olympics are always going to be there," Ginn said. "I'm still going to run track in college and see how far I could go."
Will he specialize in a certain event or events during his collegiate track career?
"I don't know right now," Ginn said. "I'm going to see how it goes and then when track season comes around I'm just going to do what the coach asks me to do."
And what are his own expectations once he becomes a member of the football Buckeyes in just a couple of months now?
"I'm going in and I'm trying to play. I'm going to go in and learn the system and try to play," Ginn said. "I can't say that I'm going to beat anybody out or I can't say that nobody is sorry, but I've just got to get in there and learn the system, do my drills and stuff like that, and try to get on the field."
He basically just wants to have fun and be Ted Ginn.
"I want to return punts and return kicks but I also want to play D," he said. "I just want to play ball truthfully."
The link below leads to a photo essay on Ginn from the state meet. Enjoy!