Track and field teams showcase their strengths at OHSAA state tournament

Jacob Brase | Staff Writer

For the Comet track and field team, a state appearance has become routine, and this year they brought home some hardware.

The annual Ohio High School Athletic Association State Track Tournament took place at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium from June 2 through the 3. Coming off of an average performance last year, the girls track and field team came out more successful this year. Girls head coach Tony Affatato was thrilled with his team’s effort and saw a completely different team perform this year.

“We were overjoyed and thrilled at the performance in the state championship,” Affatato said.“We just talked about doing the best we could, and whatever happens happens.”

Senior Ellie Brush led the comets to a stunning 4 x 800 victory, edging out Gahanna Lincoln by only two tenths of a second.

“It was just pandemonium,” Affatato said. “It’s the best way to go out as a senior.”

Amaya King also stood at the podium — breaking her personal record and finishing second in the state — along with a third place performance from Nicole Bagby in pole vault.

The boys track and field team shined with seniors Matt Miller and Max Mitchell finishing second in the 4 x 400 relay final. Miller said that his prior experiences at state aided his performance.

“We all knew exactly what we needed to do to perform well,” Miller said. “Nobody wanted to win more than we did.”

Boys head coach Chip Dobson was pleased with their overall performance and is optimistic about the future of the program.

“I’m a firm believer that hard work pays off, and it did for these guys. I was thrilled for them.” Dobson said. “I’m thrilled to be around such a great coaching staff, and a group of kids who work hard. It’s great to be a part of it.”