Athletes headed to state meet


By John Bombatch - jbombatch@civitasmedia.com



Beavercreek senior Ben Ewert (12) will compete in two Division I state track and field events this weekend. He’ll run in the 1,600-meter run, and team up with Jacob Benigno, Riley Buchholz and Ian Johnson in the 3,200 relay.


John Bombatch | Greene County News

Greeneview’s lone state qualifier is senior Ocean Morris, who will compete in the Division II girls 800-meter run final on Saturday.


John Bombatch | Greene County News

Carroll junior Nikki Gazzerro is a state qualifier in the Division II girls high jump, which is one of the first events at 9:30 a.m. Friday, June 2 at Ohio State University’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.


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Distance runner Isaac Erlundson, of Xenia Legacy Christian Academy, is the lone Knights competitor at the state meet. Erlundson runs in the Division III mile (1,600 meters) run at 10:05 a.m. Saturday, June 3 in Columbus.


John Bombatch | Greene County News

Beavercreek boasts the Greene County-area’s only two freshman athletes to compete this weekend at the state track & field championships in Columbus: Eileen Yang (shown winning the regional title last week); and girls 3,200 Relay team member Jodie Pierce, who will run with Jordan Grant, Stephanie Pierce and Lauren Shuman.


John Bombatch | Greene County News

Carroll High is sending the Greene County area’s most boys to the state meet — six. The mile relay foursome of Karl Grossman, Sam Janson, Stafford Stevens and Dylan Tilt (shown), Mike Laughlin and Jacob Rieman, will see action June 2-3 in Columbus for the Patriots. Karl Grossman, Sam Janson, Stafford Stevens, Dylan Tilt.


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Friday’s Schedule

9:30 a.m. — (Division II) Nikki Gazzerro, girls high jump FINAL

10:40 a.m. — (III) Cedarville boys, 800 relay semifinal

11:20 a.m. — (III) Julian Roberts, Yellow Springs, girls 300 hurdles semifinal

1 p.m. — (III) James Browning, Yellow Springs, boys high jump FINAL

3:10 p.m. — (II) Sam Janson, Carroll, boys 400 semifinal

4:10 p.m. — (II) Carroll boys 1,600 relay semifinal

4:45 p.m. — (I) Beavercreek girls 3,200 relay FINAL

5 p.m. — (I) Beavercreek boys 3,200 relay FINAL

(All other local athletes’ events are scheduled Saturday)

XENIA — Twenty six area athletes representing six Greene County-area high schools will be competing June 2-3 at the OHSAA state track and field championships at the famed Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the Ohio State University campus in Columbus.

Beavercreek is the area’s lone Division I program in the meet, with 10 state qualifiers. Five boys (Jacob Benigno, Riley Buchholz, Jay Drennen, Ben Ewert and Ian Johnson) and five girls (Jordan Grant, Jodie Pierce, Stephanie Pierce, Lauren Shuman and Eileen Yang.

Benigno, Buchholz, Ewert and Johnson are on the boys 3,200-meter relay team; Drennen is in the discus final; Ewert is a finalist in the boys D-I mile run; and Johnson is also competing in the 800.

Beavercreek’s Pierces, Grant and Shuman are in the girls 3,200 relay; Stephanie Pierce is also in the 800 run; and Yang is a finalist in the D-I girls pole vault competition.

Carroll and Greeneview have athletes in the Division II state meet.

The Patriots are sending the most boys to the state meet with six: Karl Grossman, Sam Janson, Mike Laughlin, Jacob Rieman, Stafford Stevens and Dylan Tilt. They also have a female representative: high jumper Nikki Gazzerro.

Grossman, Janson, Stevens and Tilt are the mile relay quartet; and Janson is also in the 400 run. Rieman is in the D-II discus final, and Laughlin is in the 3,200-meter (2 mile) run.

The Rams’ lone entry is senior 800-meter runner Ocean Morris.

In Division III, Cedarville, Xenia Legacy Christian and Yellow Springs have athletes on hand.

Cedarville sends Nick Christman, Devin Gruet, Brandon Pollock, Seth Salisbury and Wesley Williams to the D-III boys meet, but had no girls qualifiers.

Christman, Gruet and Pollock are in the 800- and 1,600-meter relays. Salisbury joins that trio in the 1,600 while Williams is the fourth runner for the 800 relay.

Legacy’s lone qualifier is distance runner Isaac Erlundson, who is in the D-III mile run finale.

Yellow Springs is sending one of each: James Browning represents the Bulldog guys as a state qualifier in the high jump; Julian Roberts reps the gals as a 300-meter hurdles state qualifier.

Beavercreek senior Ben Ewert (12) will compete in two Division I state track and field events this weekend. He’ll run in the 1,600-meter run, and team up with Jacob Benigno, Riley Buchholz and Ian Johnson in the 3,200 relay.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2017/06/web1_BenEwert_PS-1.jpgBeavercreek senior Ben Ewert (12) will compete in two Division I state track and field events this weekend. He’ll run in the 1,600-meter run, and team up with Jacob Benigno, Riley Buchholz and Ian Johnson in the 3,200 relay. John Bombatch | Greene County News

Greeneview’s lone state qualifier is senior Ocean Morris, who will compete in the Division II girls 800-meter run final on Saturday.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2017/06/web1_OceanMorris_PS-1.jpgGreeneview’s lone state qualifier is senior Ocean Morris, who will compete in the Division II girls 800-meter run final on Saturday. John Bombatch | Greene County News

Carroll junior Nikki Gazzerro is a state qualifier in the Division II girls high jump, which is one of the first events at 9:30 a.m. Friday, June 2 at Ohio State University’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2017/06/web1_NikkiGazzerro2_PS-1.jpgCarroll junior Nikki Gazzerro is a state qualifier in the Division II girls high jump, which is one of the first events at 9:30 a.m. Friday, June 2 at Ohio State University’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus. Submitted photo

Distance runner Isaac Erlundson, of Xenia Legacy Christian Academy, is the lone Knights competitor at the state meet. Erlundson runs in the Division III mile (1,600 meters) run at 10:05 a.m. Saturday, June 3 in Columbus.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2017/06/web1_IsaacErlundson_PS-1.jpgDistance runner Isaac Erlundson, of Xenia Legacy Christian Academy, is the lone Knights competitor at the state meet. Erlundson runs in the Division III mile (1,600 meters) run at 10:05 a.m. Saturday, June 3 in Columbus. John Bombatch | Greene County News

Beavercreek boasts the Greene County-area’s only two freshman athletes to compete this weekend at the state track & field championships in Columbus: Eileen Yang (shown winning the regional title last week); and girls 3,200 Relay team member Jodie Pierce, who will run with Jordan Grant, Stephanie Pierce and Lauren Shuman.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2017/06/web1_EileenYang_PS-1.jpgBeavercreek boasts the Greene County-area’s only two freshman athletes to compete this weekend at the state track & field championships in Columbus: Eileen Yang (shown winning the regional title last week); and girls 3,200 Relay team member Jodie Pierce, who will run with Jordan Grant, Stephanie Pierce and Lauren Shuman. John Bombatch | Greene County News

Carroll High is sending the Greene County area’s most boys to the state meet — six. The mile relay foursome of Karl Grossman, Sam Janson, Stafford Stevens and Dylan Tilt (shown), Mike Laughlin and Jacob Rieman, will see action June 2-3 in Columbus for the Patriots. Karl Grossman, Sam Janson, Stafford Stevens, Dylan Tilt.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2017/06/web1_CarrollRelays_PS-1.jpgCarroll High is sending the Greene County area’s most boys to the state meet — six. The mile relay foursome of Karl Grossman, Sam Janson, Stafford Stevens and Dylan Tilt (shown), Mike Laughlin and Jacob Rieman, will see action June 2-3 in Columbus for the Patriots. Karl Grossman, Sam Janson, Stafford Stevens, Dylan Tilt. Submitted photo

By John Bombatch

jbombatch@civitasmedia.com

Friday’s Schedule

9:30 a.m. — (Division II) Nikki Gazzerro, girls high jump FINAL

10:40 a.m. — (III) Cedarville boys, 800 relay semifinal

11:20 a.m. — (III) Julian Roberts, Yellow Springs, girls 300 hurdles semifinal

1 p.m. — (III) James Browning, Yellow Springs, boys high jump FINAL

3:10 p.m. — (II) Sam Janson, Carroll, boys 400 semifinal

4:10 p.m. — (II) Carroll boys 1,600 relay semifinal

4:45 p.m. — (I) Beavercreek girls 3,200 relay FINAL

5 p.m. — (I) Beavercreek boys 3,200 relay FINAL

(All other local athletes’ events are scheduled Saturday)

You can reach John Bombatch at 937-372-4444, Ext. 2123. He’ll also be posting Greene County-area results when he remembers to do so on the Xenia Gazette newspaper’s Twitter site: @xeniagazette.

You can reach John Bombatch at 937-372-4444, Ext. 2123. He’ll also be posting Greene County-area results when he remembers to do so on the Xenia Gazette newspaper’s Twitter site: @xeniagazette.