COLUMBUS, Ohio — What a way to kick off the summer.
The Gallia Academy boys track and field team finished 13th at the OHSAA Division II Championships, while the Blue Angels finished 38th this weekend at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
After Logan Allison became the Blue Devils’ first ever state champion on Friday, Gallia Academy went looking for the podium again on day two. GAHS junior Jacob Click came through for the Blue Devils and finished fourth in the 300m hurdles with a time of 38.02, less than a second behind the pace set by Kaleb Harris of Norwayne.
“It feels awesome, I never thought I’d make it here, I’m glad I did and it feels really good,” Jacob Click said. “I just started the 300m hurdles about three meets ago and I wanted to get top three. That didn’t happen but there’s always next year so hopefully I get it then.”
Gallia Academy senior Winston Wade, who was seeded 14th headed into the state meet, finished 10th in the 800m run with a time of 1:57.52.
“They wore me down pretty good,” Wade said. “I got passed on the last straight for the first time in three years and I hate it. They ran a good race and I ran a good race but it was hot. As soon as you step off of the field and onto the track you can feel the rise in temperature.”
The Blue Devils finished with 15 team points, placing 13th overall. Dayton Dunbar won the Division II boys title with 47 points, followed by CVCA with 46 and Eastwood with 38.
For the second straight year the Blue Angles scoring streak at the state meet rested solely on the shoulders of Hannah Watts. Watts, who was seventh in the 400m dash a year ago, was the top seed in the 800m this year. Hannah finished third with a time of 2:11.77, 2.52 seconds off the pace set by Defiance senior Samantha Murray, extending the Blue Angels streak to 18 years.
“This is a race I was really scared of beforehand,” said Watts. “The 800 was something new to me this year and I wanted to try it. I didn’t want to get bored this season, I wanted to get outside my comfort zone and I think it really paid off for me. It’s a blessing to be here and it’s a blessing to represent my school and my family. I don’t think I’m anything special; I’m a girl that had some faith. I let that faith push me and I let myself keep taking steps up.”
The six points scored by Watts placed GAHS tied for 38th with Keystone, Fenwick, Rossford, Bucyrus and Napoleon. Meadowdale earned the team title with 40 points, followed by Akron St. Vincent St. Mary, Orrville and West Holmes with 25 points each.
Complete results of the 2014 OHSAA Division II Championships can be found on the web at www.ohsaa.org