The division 1 girls 4×800 relay was quite a race. It started off with a great lead off leg by Granville’s Micaela DeGenero, who broke open a large lead going into the first hand off. Granville lead through the second leg, but the gap was closed significantly by Gahanna Lincoln’s Allison Groves. Third leg Allison Holahan stretched the lead for Gahanna Lincoln, and handed off to freshman Madison Martinez. Meanwhile Centerville was about 30 meters back in fifth place when Laura Drew handed off to senior Lainey Studebaker, who had anchored Centerville’s state record setting 4×800 relay just last year. By the first 200 of the anchor leg, Studebaker had caught Martinez and was looking to go past her. She made a strong move and took the lead around the curve, but the young freshman from Gahanna Lincoln stayed right behind her like a shadow. Coming around the final turn into the homestretch, Martinez made her move. Studebaker fought her off down the straightaway until the final few steps. It was an incredible finish that ended up with Gahanna Lincoln taking home the victory just .18 seconds ahead of second place Centerville.
Just like the girls 4×800, the boys had quite a dramatic finish. Wadsworth jumped out to the early lead with a strong lead off leg by sophomore Nick Miller. St. Ignatius’ Michael Huber ran a very good second leg and took the lead for the Wildcats going into the third leg of the race. The third leg came to a close with St. Ignatius (Tom Sullivan) and Dublin Coffman (Tommy Alford) basically deadlocked. It came down to the anchor leg between Colin Kruchan and Simon Alford. Both ran great legs, but in the end it was Kruchan who was able to pull out the win for the St. Ignatius Wildcats. A quartet made up of four seniors had won another 4×800 meter relay championship for St. Ignatius, and in doing so broke a school record with an amazing time of 7:39.23. Dublin Coffman finished second with a time of 7:39.93, which would probably win the event in most years. Another great race on what turned out to be a very good first day at the OHSAA State Track and Field Championships.