COLUMBUS — The Wayne Warrior Track team sported two individual placers and one relay placer this past weekend at the 109th Ohio High School Athletic Association annual Boys and 42nd Annual Girls State Track and Field Tournament, held on the Campus of The Ohio State University, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Senior Madison Doss capped off a great high school career, by placing 8th in the 400 meter dash, running 57.40. Doss ran 57.88 in the semifinals on Friday, placing 9th to qualify. Doss was 5th last year in the event, and was a member of the 8th place finishing 4×400 relay team during her sophomore year (Doss, Aisha Griffin, Kiersten Hook, Ayana Williams – 3:56.01).
“What Madi did was impressive, qualifying to the state meet the past three years and placing all three years,” said Wayne Coach Michael Fernandez. “We know how hard it is just to qualify to the state meet, and for her to accomplish this, just speaks volume for her hard work and dedication to this sport her entire career. I know her times weren’t where she would like them, but that’s how it goes sometimes. She did well just to overcome an hour delay right before she competed. It takes your momentum and feel away from racing, only to have to do it again in different conditions. That was her experience coming in to play there. She’s a champion and a person who has left their mark in this program.”
Sophomore Taylor Robertson became only the third female Warrior to place at the state meet in the long jump (Dawn Preyor and British Smith), by placing 8th leaping 17 feet, 5.5 inches.
“For being her first state meet, Taylor jumped like a true veteran,” Fernandez said. “ What makes her so fun to coach is that she always wants to get better each time out. When she realized she placed and was going to the podium, I think right there was a moment she knew what she accomplished. She has the tools to become one of the best to ever come out of our program.”
The men’s 4×400 meter relay team of Damon Roberts, Jalil Pollard, Treyvion Higgins and Elijah Hill placed 8th. The quartet ran 3:21.90 to place 9th in the semifinals on Friday, then came back and ran 3:21.68 in the finals to place 8th.
“This relay wanted to show they belonged, and placing from lane 9 was a statement,” Fernandez stated. “Damon, a senior, ran two perfect legs each day. He was the catalyst that put us in position every time he runs. We switched and put Jalil second leg, and he came through by keeping us in the mix. Senior Treyvion Higgins ran his best race in the finals, while junior Elijah Hill, our anchor leg, did enough to keep us in the top eight. These kids ran out of their league, but gained much respect from the other teams. Their never give up attitude was infectious and the two juniors are already talking about getting back here next year.”
Junior Mazon Walker, competing in his first ever state meet in the shot put, threw 49 feet, 1.5 inches to place 16th, after winning the regional meet a week prior, throwing 52 – 10.5.
“Mazon didn’t have a good day, and he admits it. I think he knows what it takes now to compete at this level, and we expect him to get back here next year and learn from what he did this year. He had a great season,” Fernandez said.
“I am thrilled with how all the kids performed,” Fernandez added. “When you get to the state meet, it’s such a different atmosphere. Our younger athletes got great exposure and experience competing here. For our seniors, Madi, Treyvion and Damon, it was nice to see them on the podium and get All-Ohio recognition. As a coach, that’s what I want all my athletes to experience. It’s been a great season, and our staff is already looking forward to next season.”
Madi Doss will represent TEAM OHIO next week at the Midwest meet of champions, held at Ohio Wesleyan University. The meet is an all-star meet that pits Team OHIO vs. Team INDIANA and Team MICHIGAN. Doss follows a long list of former Warriors that have competed at this prestigious meet, such as: Jason Craig, Jason Hodges, John Caplinger, Sean Pugh, Michelle Eby, Alexis Thomas, Tommy Marks, Jordan McPherson, Cory Holman, Brianna Woods, Demoye Bogle, Javan Richardson, Lovell Peterson, Jordan Latimer, Hadith Tiggs, Dre’meerah Walker, Janelle Avery, Cidni Latimer, and Robert Landers.