COLUMBUS — The Wayne track teams placed in three events at the state track meet held at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at The Ohio State University on Friday and Saturday.
Madison Doss placed fifth in the 400-meter dash with a 56.26. The Wayne junior ran a 56.49 in the prelims.
Doss not only became the first female athlete in school history to place in the 400-meter dash at state, she also eclipsed her own school record as well.
“Madi was all business at the state meet,” said Wayne Coach Mike Fernandez. “I really believe her experience of competing here last year as a member of the girls 4×400 that placed eighth, as well as placing at the state indoor meet, gave her that edge to perform well.”
Fernandez said Doss had a good week of practice and that he could sense she was ready to compete.
“I knew she wanted to get on the podium,” he said. “She competed and showed she belonged. She’ll have her hands full next year as she prepares to get back. Of the top nine finalists, five are underclassman.”
Wayne’s 4×100 relay, composed of Alonzo Johnson, Hadith Tiggs, Tyree Kinnel and Ahmad Wagner, ran a 42.26 on Saturday to place fourth. They ran a 42.28 in the prelims on Friday.
Robert Landers took fifth place in the state shot put with a throw of 59-8. He also took 13th place in the discus with a release of 148-0.
Damon Roberts season came to an end on Friday at the state track meet in the 300-meter hurdles as he had the 14th fastest time in the prelims with a 39.806.
“Damon ran a good race, another race under 40 seconds,” said Fernandez. “Damon got some huge experience running at the state meet. No question he belonged here. He didn’t let the atmosphere of the meet get to him. He had a great season and a nice run at the end of the year to qualify to the state meet.
“Damon is already talking about coming back next year, and he can. Placing 14th (just .61 seconds from making the finals) will be his motivation to get back.”
In the team race, the Wayne boys tied for 29th with nine points while the girls tied for 43rd with four points.
Fernandez said that overall, he thought Wayne had “a great season.”
“It was filled with the ups and downs and the joys and disappointments, but at the end, being able to get this many kids to the state meet and place, made it all worth it,” he said. “I’m encouraged that we have a good core returning next year, and I was blessed to have been able to coach such a great bunch of kids here at the state meet.”
Tiggs and Landers will represent Team OHIO at Midwest Meet of Champions this Saturday at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware.
Tiggs will be representing Team OHIO in the 4×100 relay. Tiggs, a member of Wayne’s 4×100 that placed fourth this year at state, will be running the second leg of the relay, which will consist of Zach Delany of Ridgewood, Devon Jackson of Northwest and Brandon Harrison of CVCA.
Landers will also compete for Team OHIO, throwing the shot put. He will be one of three throwers on team OHIO.
Fernandez, Wayne’s head coach, will be the men’s head coach for Team OHIO. Jim Findlay (throws) and Terry Wasson (pole vault) will also be on the Midwest staff. The meet is Saturday, June 13 at 12:30.
See related stories in today’s Courier concerning the performances of Landers as well as the 4×100 relay.