COLUMBUS — Alex Green put himself on the map Saturday afternoon.
The Lexington junior finished second in both the 100 meter dash and 200 meter dash during the Division I state track meet at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, breaking school records in both events in the process.
Green was runner-up to Pickerington Central’s Denzell Feagin in both events. He finished in 10.76 in the 100 and 21.76 in the 200.
A talented running back whose 86 yard touchdown keyed Lexington’s playoff victory over Tiffin Columbian last fall, Green has recently begun popping up on the recruiting radar of mid-major college football programs. Finishing second in the premier events of the big-school division in the state track meet is sure to turn a few more heads.
“It feels pretty good. I never expected it,” Green said. “My goal was to the break the school record and at least place in the top five.”
Green benefitted from a flawless start in the 100. He got out of the blocks cleanly just as the gun sounded.
“I got a great start. My starts hadn’t been that great,” Green said. “I improved on those a lot. I think that helped.”
His performance at the state meet will only enhance an already impressive résumé.
I don’t think about it much,” Green said, “but it’s pretty cool to know people are looking at me now.”
Green’s Lexington’s teammate Kyle Johnston placed fourth in the 800 run in 1:53.02 as the Minutemen finished a surprising fourth in the final team standings with 21 points.
Lexington’s Joanna Halfhill placed fifth in the 1,600. The sophomore finished in 5:02.50.
Pouncing Tyger: Mansfield Senior’s Angelo Grose took third in the Division I long jump competition with a leap of 23 feet, 7.25 inches. The junior, who finished sixth last year, battled injury and a heavy workload all season.
“I felt I could have won it, but third place isn’t too bad,” Grose said. “This is the first meet I’ve been close to 24 (feet) in a while.”
Grose had the state’s top effort this spring with a leap of 24-5.25 at the Marion Night Invitational. He injured himself when he nearly jumped out of the pit at Marion and has dealt with lingering injuries since.
“Lately I’ve been having heal problems,” Grose said. “I’ve got shin splints in both legs and my ankle is still bad.
“Still, it’s been a pretty good year and I’ve still got one more year to go.”
Warrior Spirit: Ontario had three athletes reach the podium Saturday. Keandre Marlow finished seventh in the 300 hurdles (39.51), while Anna Gregg was seventh in the 800 (2:16.98) and Grace Maurer was eighth in the 3,200 (11:22.08). Mitchell Pittman, who earned an at-large big in the 800, finished 10th in 1:57.68, while Ellie Maurer was 13th in the 1,600 (5:21.83).
“I got more and more confident as the week went on,” said Marlow, who also placed 15th in the 110 hurdles (15.34). “This is only week five of me running the hurdles. At first I didn’t want to do it, but looking at it now I see that I have a future in the hurdles.”
Sister Act: Shelby’s Makenna Heimlich took third in the 800, finishing in 2:13.77 a year after missing a podium finish by one spot. Sister Maddie was 14th in the 400 (59.89).
“It feels amazing,” said Makenna Heimlich, who won an indoor state title in the 800 earlier this year. “Last year it was devastating placing ninth. This year I’ve been training really hard and to get a PR is amazing.”
Freshman Phenom: Clear Fork freshman Ethan Staley took eighth in the Division II pole vault competition with a personal-record vault of 14-2.
“Our school record is 14-3,” Staley said. “I had three goals. The first was to be the first Clear Fork freshman to be All-Ohio. I got that. I wanted to finish on the podium and I wanted the record. Unfortunately I missed it by one inch.”
Cubs in Columbus: Lucas seniors Danny Desterhaft and Gavin Shindeldecker both advanced to the Division III state meet. Desterhaft finished 10th in the 110 hurdles (15.75) and 14th in the 300 hurdles (41.24). Shindeldecker was 15th in the 1,600 (4:34.83).
Second Sport: Madison’s Taylor Huff, an All-American soccer player, qualified for the Division I state meet in the 400. She finished 15th in 58.57.