COLUMBUS: Fairless senior Allyson Simmons concluded her high school career Saturday in record-setting fashion.
Simmons won her second consecutive Division II state title in the pole vault with a result of 13 feet, 4¼ inches on a sunny Saturday at Ohio State University’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Simmons’ result is an all-division state record for girls pole vault.
“I was definitely shocked making it on my first attempt, but I came here knowing that I wanted to break my previous record that I jumped last week,” Simmons said. “I did it.”
Simmons, who has been pole vaulting for 4½ years, will continue her career at Ohio State next season. The top pole vault mark in the Big Ten this year was 13-8.
“Ohio State is going to give me a packet to do my summer workouts and I am definitely going to have to stick to that, and stay mentally and physically motivated throughout that,” Simmons said. “I need to train harder and get better, in fact a lot more, and come out and try to give those girls some competition my freshman year.”
Orrville teammates Maddie Jarrett and Allison Plybon placed second and third with a result of 11-4 in the pole vault. Jarett, a senior, took second over Plybon, a junior, based on number of misses during the event.
Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy junior Sammy Bockoven won the 1,600 in a Division II meet-record time of 4:49.53. She also placed fourth in the 800 in 2:15.07 and helped the Royals 1,600 relay place fifth in 3:58.81.
“I am really excited,” Bockoven said. “I have been wanting this for a few years now. It is nice to finally come out as a state champion. My main focus was the mile.”
Meadowdale won the Division II team title with 40 points. Orrville, St. Vincent-St. Mary and West Holmes tied for second with 25 points apiece.
Garrettsville junior Edith Svonavec won the Division II girls shot put in 45-6¾. West Holmes senior Laina Snyder took second in 44-9½.
St. V-M’s 800 relay placed second in Division II in 1:41.97 with freshman Eryca Garrett, freshman Payton Pooler, senior Katie Goedecke and junior Imani Davis.
Strongsville sophomore Cassie Martin won the Division I high jump title at 5-8.
In Division III, St. Thomas Aquinas sophomore Athena Welsh placed first in the 1,600 in 5:02.98 and took second in the 3,200 in 11:16.43. Rittman senior Tresa Hartzler finished second in the 1,600 in 5:04.75.
Solon won the Division I team title meet with 47 points and Pickerington North was second with 46 points.
McDonald won the Division III team title with 45 points. Tinora and Aquinas tied for second with 44 points.
Southeast junior Jenna Fesemyer triumphed in all four girls Wheelchair Division events, winning the 800 (2:33.2), the shot put (17-9¼), the 400 (1:13.08) and the 100 (20.81).
Canton Central Catholic’s Katie Mokros placed second in two Division III events, the 100 (12.46) and the 200 (25.41).
Also placing second Saturday were: Highland sophomore Carlee Rhoads (Division I, 3,200, 10:49.42), Canton McKinley senior Korrin Taylor (Division I, long jump, 18-7), Northwest senior Meredith Fennell (Division II, 100 hurdles, 15.03) and Orrville sophomore Jessica Eby (Division II, 300 hurdles, 44.12).
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