The first day of the Boys and Girls State Track and Field Championships saw more than hot and sunny weather. It also saw some hot performers and a great looking second day to come.

DIII Girls 3200 Meter Relay

One of the biggest highlights during the first day came from Minster long distance runner Sunni Olding. Considered one of the best female long distance runners in the country, Olding found her team behind when the baton was handed to her. Minster trailed rival school Fort Loramie in the 3,200 relay when Olding put her sights on a state title.

Lauren Ernst of Fort Loramie ran the last leg of the race and knows Olding's ability very well. Lauren spoke about the race and said "She is an amazing runner, but you can't let it overwhelm you when racing her. You have to keep yourself focused and run your race."

Olding only needed a little over 400 meters to catch and pass Ernst. Minister won in 9:22.15 and Olding ran a 2:12 split. Fort Loramie finished second at 9:27.63 and Collins Western Reserve was third at 9:36.85.

This meet is not the last you will hear about Olding. She will run at the National Scholastic championships later this month in Raleigh, N.C and has also been invited to the Olympic Training Center in San Diego for a special camp of the nation's elite high school distance runners.

DI Girls 400 Meter Relay

The Pioneers were ready for a state record on Friday. Top runner Tianna Madison is one of the states top female speed runners. She had her teammates ready and willing. In running a 47.24 the girls recorded a new state record. Madison who will head to Tennessee will also race in the 100 and 200 and will also try and win her third straight long jump title. Tianna is also the defending state champion in the 100,200 and 400 relay.

DI Girls 3,200 Relay

Cleveland Heights Beaumont won a third straight state championship in this race. Behind the running of Aimee Dobrowski, Nora Sennett and Maggie Infeld the Blue Streaks won in 9:07.9.

DI Boys 3,200 Relay

North Canton Hoover set a state record with its time of 7:41.74. The win makes up for last years race when they looked to have the race won, but came away with a second place finish at the very end of the race. The old record was set in 2001 by Cleveland St. Ignatius.

400 Meter DI Boys

This race was being billed as one to watch. Zach Logan the defending State Champion wanted to show that last year was no fluke. While his mind was ready his body wasn't and Logan failed to advance to the final. Recently Logan discovered a stress fracture in his left ankle. Still the Trotwood-Madison runner wanted a chance to run, and by putting a pad into his shoe he thought he just might be able to. Zach told the media "As soon as I took my first step, I knew there was no way I could do it."

Boys DI 200 Meter

This is the race everyone is talking about. Top football recruit Ted Ginn of Cleveland Glenville and Huber Heights Wayne's Jason Craig are ready to battle in the final set for 5:40 pm on Saturday. Ginn ran a 21.31 and Craig 21.33, both runners eased up at the finish of the race. Ginn is also set to run in the 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles.

Boys DI 1600 Relay

Huber Heights Wayne and Cleveland Glenville will do battle. The Warriors ran a 3:16.18 and Glenville ran 3:17.31. Who will come out on top? Wayne' Jason Craig ran a 47.1 anchor.

Girls DIII Pole Vault

Brittany Klima of Ottoville set a new DIII state meet record. In hitting 10-10 she walked away with a state medal and just missed on getting 11-0. Klima will be back next season as she is only a junior. This is only the second year of this event.

Girls DIII Long Jump

Amber Rall of Bucyrus Wynford had a winning leap of 18-8 1/2. Rall who was also looking for a medal in the 100 hurdles but was unable due to a pulled hamstring from last weekend while setting a state record of 14.25 in the event.

The crowd at Welcome Stadium was belived to be 10,000. They were into all of the events and I'm sure some walked away with a reminder of the day in the form of a sunburn. The weather was great for most of the day with warmer weather than has been seen this season. The event will finish up today and leave Dayton and head back to Columbus. Dayton has come to love putting this event on and it will be missed.



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