COLUMBUS — The emotions came spilling out Saturday afternoon, but Galion’s Kerrigan Myers couldn’t say why for sure.
Maybe it was because Myers finally realized her goal of winning a state championship. Or maybe it was because she had to beat the two-time defending state champ and state meet record-holder to reach the top of the podium at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
“Honestly, it was all of that,” Myers said after collecting her gold medal in the 100 meter hurdles during the Division II state meet Saturday. “I was just so happy. I couldn’t hold it back.”
Myers edged Perry senior and two-time defending champ Leah King by six-hundredths of a second. Myers finished in 14.10 seconds, while King finished in 14.16. The two embraced at the finish line.
“I’ve been chasing Leah all season. I’ve been watching her times,” Myers said. “She’s a tough competitor and a really good competitor.”
A junior, Myers shed a few more tears after Galion’s 4x100 relay team finished third in 48.74 seconds. She was joined on that unit by senior Jalyn Oswald, junior Brooklyn Cosey and sophomore Kaitlin Bailey.
“Our leadoff runner (Oswald) is a senior,” Myers said. “She’s been on this team since my freshman year.”
Myers’ win in the 100 hurdles put an exclamation point on a sensational weekend for the Tigers. Both the boys and girls finished 13th in the team standings.
Jack McElligott nearly pulled off the biggest shocker of the weekend, finishing second in the high jump with a school-record leap of 6 feet, 7 inches. Springfield Shawnee’s Robie Glass won with a jump of 6-8.
What’s more, McElligott hadn’t high jumped since middle school — when he cleared 4-8.
“In eighth period the day before our first practice my buddy, Gage Lackey, told me to come out and I said, ‘Alright, I will,’ ” said McElligott, a key member of Galion’s 2017 and 2018 state-qualifying golf teams. “To be honest, I thought I was going to be running on a (4x400 relay) team to begin with. I didn’t know I had this potential in high jump. It kind of shocked me.”
McElligott’s older sister, Laura, was a member of Galion’s state-championship 4x100 relay team in 2014. Did she have any advice for her younger brother?
“She just told me to win,” McElligott joked.
Galion’s Colbey Fox took seventh in the 400 in 49.63 seconds, while Braxton Tate finished seventh in the 3,200 in 9:42.82.
A day earlier, freshman Hanif Donaldson placed sixth in the long jump with a leap of 21-3.5.
“It’s crazy, being here with all these people. It’s a little overwhelming,” Donaldson said. “I felt like I could have jumped a lot further. It was an off-day, but I’m happy with sixth place.”
Cosey also qualified in the long jump, finishing 15th with a leap of 15-3.75. The Galion boys 4x200 relay team of Fox, Evan Barker, Kalib Griffin and Isaiah Alsip was 13th in 1:30.80.
Eagles Soar: Colonel Crawford Alex Mutchler took second in the pole vault with a vault of 14-8. Drew Krassow was third in the high jump with a leap of 5-4.
A junior, Krassow placed ninth at state as a sophomore. Missing out on a podium finish by one spot drove her this year.
“It really sucked last year getting ninth,” she said. “But now I’m third and near the top of the podium and I still have one more year.”
Freshman Katie Ruffener was fifth in the 100 hurdles, finishing in 15.16 seconds. Teammate Cassidy Vogt was 13th in 15.70. Ruffener also qualified for the 300 hurdles, finishing 13th in 47.71.
Braxton James finished ninth in the 800 in 1:56.58 and joined forces with Mutcher, Gavin Trubee and Colton Rowland on the 4x200 relay team. That quartet finished 15th in 1:33.51.
Jilliane Gregg was 18th in the discus with a toss of 101-11.
Jumping for Joy: Bucyrus senior Harley Robinson-Koge placed fifth in the Division II long jump competition with a leap of 21-4.25.
“My goal was top five and I got top five,” Robinson-Koge said. “I’m happy, but I didn’t jump so hot. I know I can do better.
“I’ve got no complaints.”
Tough Break: Wynford’s 4x100 relay team of Alizhah Watson, David Bils, Kolten Bils and Matt McBride was disqualified after passing the baton outside of the exchange zone. Watson scratched in the 100.