3 locals run at indoor finals


By Bryan Walters - bwalters@civitasmedia.com



Eastern junior Jessica Cook, middle, competes at the 2016 Division III OHSAA District track and field tournament held at Southeastern High School in Londonderry, Ohio.


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Gallia Academy seniors Madison Oiler, left, and Mary Watts pose for a picture before heading to the 2017 OATCCC Indoor State Championships last Friday at GAHS in Centenary, Ohio.


Courtesy photo

AKRON, Ohio — Nothing new for this track and field trio.

Three local ladies made return trips to the Stile Athletics Field House this past Saturday for the 2017 Division 2-3 OATCCC Indoor State Championships in Summit County.

Eastern junior Jessica Cook made her third consecutive appearance in the 800-meter final at the indoor state meet, while Gallia Academy seniors Mary Watts and Madison Oiler both competed in the second indoor championships of their careers.

Oiler competed in the 400m final as a junior and Watts participated in the 1600m final as a sophomore.

Cook — who placed fourth and fifth in the 800m finals in 2015 and 2016, respectively — finished the 2017 campaign with a ninth place effort out of 15 competitors with a time of 2:23.37.

Oiler competed in a pair of state events, the 60m hurdles and the 400m dash. Oiler was 16th out of 18 runners in the hurdles event with a time of 10 seconds even. Oiler was also 17th out of 18 competitors in the 400m dash with a mark of 1:02.11.

Watts finished 11th out of 11 runners in the 1600m race with a time of 5:42.9.

All three local athletes have also participated at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in the OHSAA track and field championships during their prep careers.

Complete results of the 2017 OATCCC Indoor State Championships are available on the web at oatccc.com

Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.

Eastern junior Jessica Cook, middle, competes at the 2016 Division III OHSAA District track and field tournament held at Southeastern High School in Londonderry, Ohio.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2017/03/web1_3.8-EHS-Cook.jpgEastern junior Jessica Cook, middle, competes at the 2016 Division III OHSAA District track and field tournament held at Southeastern High School in Londonderry, Ohio. Alex Hawley/OVP Sports

Gallia Academy seniors Madison Oiler, left, and Mary Watts pose for a picture before heading to the 2017 OATCCC Indoor State Championships last Friday at GAHS in Centenary, Ohio.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2017/03/web1_3.8-GA-Duo.jpgGallia Academy seniors Madison Oiler, left, and Mary Watts pose for a picture before heading to the 2017 OATCCC Indoor State Championships last Friday at GAHS in Centenary, Ohio. Courtesy photo

By Bryan Walters

bwalters@civitasmedia.com