Springfield High School’s Caleb Lloyd stood in the rain at Centerville High School Friday night hoping the Greater Western Ohio Conference divisional track meet would resume.
“I can run it right now,” Lloyd said of his last event, the 300 hurdles, as officials moved everyone to shelter during a second weather delay.
Lloyd had been able to get his 110 high hurdle race in, but the weather stopped the meet in its tracks halfway through the 10th event, the 1,600.
Another year for Lloyd, another GWOC meet suspended due to weather.
In 2013, the overall GWOC meet was pushed back a couple of hours due to weather and Lloyd let it get to him some.
“Last year was unreal,” Lloyd said. “It really messed with my mind, but it made me really work hard on my mental game this year.”
Lloyd entered with the third-fastest time in the 110 hurdles in the Central Division at 14.75 but was able to edge Wayne standout Jordan Latimer at the line to finish second in 15.14. Northmont’s DJ Hickman claimed the title in 14.57 and Latimer was third in 15.33.
“I think I knocked every single hurdle,” Lloyd said. “I know I have a better race in me. But we (he and Hickman) have been going at it since junior high.”
Which was why Lloyd was gearing up for the 300 hurdles and a chance for redemption.
The divisional race was scheduled to be run Wednesday but was postponed in the morning due to weather. The delay pushed what is normally Friday’s main event for the overall title into Wednesday’s format, where all three divisions were scored individually with no overall champ.
The thunder and lightning held off just long enough for the high jump.
Competing under a light rain, Springfield’s Derick Yarbrough managed to clear 6-foot-2 to tie Latimer for the overall title. Latimer was awarded first based on fewer misses.
“(The rain) kind of threw me off a little bit,” Yarbrough said. “I think I could have won it, but I will see him again. I felt good the whole time, the rain just threw me off.”
Springfield’s Marques Moore was third in the discus with a toss of 132 feet in the only other field event finished before the meet was delayed.