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Live Blog: Day 2 of State Track and Field

AnthonyMoujaes • Jun 4, 2011 at 7:51 PM

UPDATED 7 p.m. Live updates on the first day of the State Track and Field Championships from Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.

Close out the 2011 track season. The State Track and Field Championships have concluded here in Columbus. The overall theme is that field ruled the days for the area, and while there were some good runs in track, a pair of second-place finishes left some runners wanting more.

There was at at least a 40-minute delay because of the weather — a somewhat fitting way to close out the high school spring season.

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The day was off and running — or off and jumping, actually — as Western Reserve's Darren Johnson repeated as a state champion in the high jump, clearing 6-8 to top the field. Johnson went 6-10 on his final jump to try and break the school record, but didn't make it.

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Johnson was second in the 400 with a 48.97 — his best time all year — but had to spend most of the race chasing eventual champion jamie Miller of Versailles. Miller's winning time was 48.04.

Perkins senior Devin Bermudez was milliseconds away from winning the 300 hurdles. Bermudez was leading the race into the straighaway, but on the second-to-last hurdle he shortened his stride too much. That allowed Dayton Chaminade Julliene's Brian Cain to take the lead and win in 37.70 seconds.

Bermudez, second with a time of 37.76,  tried to catch up after Cain took the lead in the final meters, and almost did as Cain fell right at the finish line, but Bermudez never could retake the lead. He ran well in the 110 hurdles, placing fourth in 14.28 seconds.

Demar Adcock medaled in three events, but after his sixth-place finish in the 200 he said he "felt like he let a lot of people down." Adcock was eight in the 100 and also with the 4x100 relay.

Western's Ashten Robson was fifth in the 400 (58.75).

Three area discus throwers all placed fourth: Sandusky's Jaylen Guevara, Perkins' Michael Ebert and Norwalk's Taylor Blakely.

Ebert was fourth in the discus. In his first state meet, Ebert tossed 162-11 on his final throw of the first flight.

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Norwalk's Taylor Blakely was fourth in the discus, and broke her own school record with a 137-2.

Other bullet-points so far:

• WR 4x100 places ninth (51.19) and just misses a medal finish. Top eight go onto the podium. New qualifying rule this year were nine run in the championship race.

• New London's Jon Albaiugh 10th in the 3200 (10:00.25).

• Lindsay Kaatz of SMCC said she was disappointed with her 1600 race as she was 15th in 5:25.52.

• Vermilion's Emily Cunningham won medals in three events for the Sailors.

... At the University Plaza hotel Friday night, Sandusky coaches were on one side of our room, and the athletes were on the other.

Streaks coach Bob Sullivan and I chatted in the hallway, and talked about the blip in the Division II 400-meter dash. Three separate timing systems all crashed during the race, so no official results could be electronically recorded. After some discussion between the meet officials and coaches, the consensus was to bring all 16 runner back Saturday to run two heats — a fast heat of nine an a slow heat of seven — with the top eight overall times earning medals. The top overall time wins the state title, regardless of which heat.

Said Sullivan, "It's the fairest way to handle that given the circumstance."

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