JA long jumper competes at state


Helena Hall of Jonathan Alder lands in the long jump pit at The Ohio State University’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium Saturday morning. Hall placed 11th in the Division II event at the state track and field meet.

(Journal-Tribune photo by Tim Miller)


A long-jumper was the third Jonathan Alder High School athlete to represent the Plain City school during the Division II state track and field meet in Columbus.

Junior shot putter Daniel Heinig placed seventh in his event at the state, while senior 400-dash sprinter Clayton Boggs competed during a preliminary race, both on Friday.

The final day of the state meet on Saturday brought out the D-II girls long jumpers.

Junior Helena Hall of Jonathan Alder was among the 18 ladies in the field to jump into the pit on the east side of The Ohio State University’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

There were two flights of jumpers to begin the event at 9:30 a.m.

Hall took a regional meet jump of 16-10 into the initial flight, but did not have her best jumping day.

Her first effort came in at 15-11.25.

That was followed by a foul and then a final jump of 15-1.25.

She was not able to reach a spot in the finals and finished 11th in the overall standings.

The competition for the event was fierce.

Of the top eight athletes who made trips to the awards podium, seven jumped more than 17 feet.

Simone Green of Toledo Central Catholic captured top honors at 17-9.50.

Rounding out the top eight were Ashley Perryman, Beachwood, 17-9; Kassidy Betzing, Meigs, 17-8; Olivia Howard, Sandusky Perkins, 17-7; Morgan Grudich, Milton-Union, 17-2; Clare Logan, Toledo Central Catholic, 17-1.5; JayLynn McClarren, Cambridge, 17-1.25; and Chloe Kosco, Millersburg West Holmes, 16-8.

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