Longo Ready To Get Started

Sam Longo accomplished a lot during his high school career, but he had hoped for a stronger final track meet. Find out how the state finals went for Longo, his thoughts on getting started at Ohio State and what it was like to see future teammate Corey Linsley come home with a state title.

This was not how Sam Longo hoped to end his prep track career.

After advancing to the Ohio state finals in both the shot put and discus, Longo brought home one medal and could only watch as his friend and future teammate Corey Linsley came away with a state championship.

Having stuck around to watch Linsley compete in the discus finals, Longo admitted that the day was a bittersweet end to his prep career.

Asked if he was happy with a fourth-place finish in the shot put, he told BuckeyeSports.com, "Not really. Last year I did worse. I'm happy with my place. You always want to win, so from that standpoint I'm a little disappointed. I would've liked to have gone farther. It's a tough ending, but it was a good career."

The Bellbrook native advanced to the finals in the shot put and recorded a throw of 56-02.75, but the final three throws of the meet all eclipsed him. The final three competitors – Linsley included – each threw further than 62 feet, with the title going to Canfield's Dustin Brode for his throw of 62-11.25 that edged out second-place finisher Linsley (62-09.00).

But when it came to the discus, Longo did not make it out of the preliminary round. His best throw went in the books at 152-10, good for 11th-best overall. Linsley brought home the title with a throw of 191-2.

The event was the culmination of some recent frustration, he said.

"Discus has been weird the last couple of weeks," he said. "I hit 175 early and I never came back from it. It was definitely a big disappointment."

Despite not qualifying for the finals, Longo hung around to see Linsley hold off the rest of the field for the title.

"We're going to be roommates in two weeks, so it was a lot of fun," Longo said of going against him. "We're going to be on the same team, so to add that to the competition makes it a lot more fun. Me and him being offensive linemen, we both are in shot put and discus so we both have a lot in common. It's a lot of fun."

Up next for Longo is a spot in the Big 33 game, set for June 20 in Hershey, Pa. After that, he and Linsley will head to Columbus and start their Ohio State careers.

With his prep track career over, Longo said he will not alter his preparations for joining the Buckeyes.

"I'll still be training and getting back to work," he said. "I'll be doing speed training. I train with a former OSU weight coach four days a week and I get more acclimated with what they do up here. I'm just getting ready.

"I'm looking forward to the different atmosphere. I get to get out of Bellbrook and do something different, meet some new people and be in a new setting. It will be a fun setting."

Asked for his goals upon getting to OSU, Longo said, "Just be able to contribute to the team and grow as a person and as a player. You always want to crack the two-deep, so I'll see if I can do that."

Longo, who said he does not yet know which number he will don in college, said he has not sought out any current Buckeyes or coaches for advice on what to expect when he arrives. That topic has already been covered with him, he said.

"I got a pretty good idea on my official (visit) just from talking to the guys and the coaches about what to expect," he said. "I'm just going to jump in head first and see what happens."

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