Separately they are standouts in their own events. Together Matt Jarzab, Robie Glass, Jack McCrory and Cyres Cooper are stellar.
The Shawnee High school foursome established a new district meet record in the 800-meter relay on Saturday, blazing to a 1:31.01 at Graham High School. They lowered the previous best of 1:31.19 set by Carroll in 2015.
They ran the same school-record time at the Clark County meet May 11 and a Central Buckeye Conference record 1:30.28 on May 11, too.
“We’re definitely looking to try to catch some of the faster teams like Thurgood Marshall, Chaminade Julienne and Dunbar,” said Cooper, who also excels in hurdles. “It’s definitely motivation to do it. We got eighth last year (in the Lexington regional) so we’re kind of hungry to make that top four and go to state.”
For comparison, Dunbar won the Piqua D-II district title Saturday in 1:29.01. The top four teams at next week’s regional meet in Piqua advance to the state championships.
“I think the competition is going to fuel us,” said McCrory, who also won the 100 dash in 11.41. “We’re going to run even better times competing with them to get to state.”
Shawnee’s six district titles in individual and relay events contributed to the Braves’ team championship. Shawnee won with 113.5 points to runner-up Anna’s 76. The Shawnee girls placed second with 113 points to winner Bellefontaine’s 121.
The Braves also won district titles in the 400 relay as Balin McGhee, Jarzab, Dylan Holland and McCrory’s time of 43.79 was 0.4 seconds off the district record set by Eaton in 1998. McGhee, Holland, Jaren Weller and Glass won the 1,600 (3:26.0).
Glass, the defending state champion in the high jump, won that event in 6-4.
McGhee also won the 400 in 51.33.
So which Brave is the fastest among all those sprinters?
“It’s more smack talking about who the slowest leg is, really,” Cyres said, smiling.
There seems to be no slowing down Greenon sophomore Delaney Benedict as she steamrolls toward state. Benedict set a district record in the 400 dash in 55.69, lowering the 57.49 by Eaton in 2001. She also lowered her personal best of 56.47.
“My goal is to go to state in the 400. That’s what I’ve been working on,” said Benedict, who missed last season’s district meet with an injury.
Benedict’s time would have won both the Piqua and Washington Courthouse district meets by several seconds. She also finished second in the 200 dash in 25.71, .01 seconds behind Bellefontaine sophomore Lauren Carter.
Northwestern junior Adam Riedinger set a district record in the shot put with a throw of 60-01.25. That broke the previous best of 56-07.25 set in 1987.
Among other district highlights:
• Shawnee’s girls excelled in distance as senior Grace Holmes won the 800 (2:22.06) and the 1,600 (5:18.87). Sophomore Olivia Warax won the 3,200 (11:36.71).
• Northwestern sophomore Korbin Spencer won the discus in 167-09.
• Shawnee junior Hannah Schartz won the high jump in 5-2.
• Shawnee sophomore Jace Mitchem won the pole vault at 10-0.