Fairbanks High School sophomore Macy Miller clears a hurdle during a 2021 meet. Miller will compete in four events during the Division III state track meet. Competition will be held at Westerville North High School. (Journal-Tribune photo by Tim Miller)
Good, Wilson, Hoover will also compete
Macy Miller has made Fairbanks High School track and field history.
She is the first FHS athlete in known memory to earn a berth in the state meet in four individual events.
Miller will compete in the long jump, high jump and the 100 and 300 hurdles during the Division III meet that will be held Friday and Saturday at Westerville North High School.
Miller will take a 15.29 regional seed time into Friday afternoon’s prelims in the 100 hurdles.
The top seed times for those prelims (sub 15 seconds) belong to Allison Johnson, Mt. Gilead (14.23), Katie Rufffener, Colonel Crawford (14.49), Laikyn Imler, Glouster Trimble ((14.59) and MacKenzie Hartman, Cincinnati Seven Hills (14.93).
Miller has a seed time of 47.69 for the 300 hurdles.
There are a number of athletes with seed times of less than 46 seconds.
The Lady Panther sophomore will also take respective seed efforts of 5-3 and 16-2.75 into the high and long jumps.
The top seed height in the high jump belongs to Mallory Mullen of Springfield Catholic Central.
Her mark stands at 5-9.
The top long jumper, based on seed distance, is Ruffener, who has jumped 18-3.
There are also several 17-plus long jumpers in the field.
Both field events for Miller are set for 10 a.m. on Friday.
She will compete in the 100 hurdles at 2:30 p.m. and the 300’s at 4:45 p.m.
The top four finishers in each prelim heat will advance to Saturday afternoon’s finals.
Panther head coach Patrick Cotter talked about Miller’s ability.
“She’s just an athlete,” he said. “She’s long, fast and can jump… she has a lot of good things going for her.
“What I like the best about Macy is her mental attitude,” said Cotter. “She doesn’t get too high or too low.
“She has God-given talent and is a very coachable athlete.”
Cotter feels Miller has a great opportunity to reach the awards podium in each event.
“Macy just has to go out and do her job,” he said. “That’s all we’ve focused on all season.”
Freshman Rachel Hoover will compete in the 800 and 1600 finals on Saturday afternoon.
The starter’s pistol will crack at 2:40 p.m. for the 1600.
The 800 race will begin at 3:35 p.m.
Hoover’s seed time in the 800 is 2:19.97.
The best seed time is 2:11.06, held by Johnson of Mt. Gilead.
Hoover will take a seed time of 5:08.35 into the 1600.
She has the second-best time in that event for the state.
Johnson will also bring the lone sub five-minute time into the race. She has been clocked in 4:54.39.
Hoover is used to high-level competition as she ran in the state cross-country meet last November.
“Rachel has been on the big stage before,” said Cotter. “What a lot of people don’t know is this is her first track season.
“She couldn’t run as a seventh-grader because she broke an ankle,” said the coach. “Her eighth-grade season was canceled due to COVID.
“Rachel had to learn how to run both the 800 and 1600 during the season,” said Cotter.
The Panther boss said the regional meet, in which Hoover placed second in the 1600, was a learning experience.
“Rachel got pinned in by some runners on the third lap,” he said. “She worked her way through the pack and that’s something she may have to do on Saturday in the state finals.”
Fairbanks’ boys will compete in a pair of prelims on Friday.
Senior Gage Wilson will line up in the 300 hurdles at 5 p.m.
Classmate Trey Good will run the 200 dash at 5:20 p.m.
Wilson has a seed clocking of 41.81.
He will test his effort against several athletes whose seed times are below 41 seconds.
Good’s seed standard is 22.79.
The top seed time of 22.20 belongs to Tyler Stump of Tuscarawas Valley.
Good’s time is close to those of Makhi Williams (Nelsonville-York), 22.72 and Daniel Wagner (Columbus Africentric), 22.73.
“Trey and Gage have just had fantastic senior seasons,” said Cotter. “Trey is a state-meet veteran as he went there as a sophomore on the 4×200 relay.
“He knows how to run a race.
“Gage had competed on the 4×2, 4×1 and 4×8 relays along with the 300 hurdles,” he said. “He hadn’t run the 110 hurdles, but said he wanted to give it a try this season.
“He turned out to be our No. 1 or No. 2 in that event and showed he has a very strong track IQ.”
Trey Good of Fairbanks, left, completes the 200 meter dash in this file photo. Good will compete in the event during the Division III state meet at Westerville North High School.
(Journal-Tribune photo by Sam Dillon)
FHS’ Rachel Hoover is shown competing in a race during a meet this spring at Marysville. She will run in both the 800 and 1600 events during the D-III state track meet.
(Journal-Tribune photo by Tim Miller)
Gage Wilson of Fairbanks runs after clearing a hurdle. He will compete in the 300 hurdles during the state track meet.