High School Track: Shawnee sophomore Glass dominates at CBC meet

Tecumseh’s Kylee Mastin holds off Shawnee’s Grace Holmes to win the 800-meter title in the Central Buckeye Conference championships Friday. Greg Billing / Contributed

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Tecumseh’s Kylee Mastin holds off Shawnee’s Grace Holmes to win the 800-meter title in the Central Buckeye Conference championships Friday. Greg Billing / Contributed

Robie Glass wins four events

As he pursued the high jump record he covets most, Shawnee High School sophomore Robie Glass took a break from his jumps at the league championship meet to help set a record in the 800-meter relay. And he wasn’t done there.

Glass won four events at the Central Buckeye Conference championships on Friday, an effort that led CBC coaches to vote him the co-Kenton Trail Division’s Most Outstanding Athlete. While that title is nice, there’s another he wants more.

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Glass came up two inches shy of tying Shawnee’s school record in the high jump after clearing 6-feet, 8 inches on Friday.

The reigning Division II high jump state champion barely tapped the bar off the stand on his third and final attempt at 6-9. His effort came soon after running the second leg on Shawnee’s league-record setting 800 relay team. Matt Jarzab, Glass, Jack McCory and Cyres Cooper won the race in 1-minute, 30.28 seconds to top the previous record of 1:31.01 set in 2013.

“We’ve been pushing to get the record all year and we finally got it. It was relief,” Glass said. “Our minds were determined to get that record.”

Glass also set a school record winning the 200 dash in 22.07 to lower the record by 0.33 seconds.

As for the high jump, Glass topped the competition by six inches after hitting his personal-best 6-8 for the second time this season. It’s also the height that won him the state title as a freshman.

“I thought that I had (6-9) but I was too tired. I should have came in at 6-0 instead of 5-10,” Glass said of saving a little energy in his legs. “I think I can go 7-foot by the end of the year. It’s been my goal since my eighth grade year. The school record is 7-0 and I want to beat it.”

Glass shared the outstanding athlete award with Bellefontaine’s Dezmin Lyburtus, who set league records in the 110 hurdles and 100 dash and also won the 300 hurdles and long jump.

• Tecumseh sophomore Jaci Rife was named Kenton Trail female co-athlete of the meet. Rife won the 400 dash and finished second in the 100, 200 and long jump.

• Northwestern junior Adam Riedinger was named Mad River male athlete of the meet after sweeping the discus and shot put. Northwestern sophomore Kassidy Carpenter was Mad River female co-athlete after winning division titles in the 800, 1,600, 3,200 and 3,200 relay.

• Shortly after losing the 1,600 to Shawnee senior Grace Holmes in a sprint to finish, Tecumseh sophomore Kylee Mastin returned the favor by edging Holmes to set a meet record in the 800.

Mastin and Holmes were nearly shoulder to shoulder entering the final 100 meters before Mastin pulled away to win by 1.6 seconds in 2:19.82, lowering the previous CBC mark of 2:20.70 ( 2001).

Holmes won the 1,600 in 5:10.11 for a .26 second victory over Mastin. Mastin just missed tying the school record by .01 seconds.

“After the mile I kind of learned the importance of the lean at the end,” Mastin said. “She’s probably why I beat (the meet record) because I heard Grace and I started picking it up. It’s going to be really upsetting not being able to race her anymore because she’s a great runner.”

• Shawnee sophomore Jace Mitchem won the high jump in 11-06, topping the meet record of 11-0 set in 2007. She also finished second overall in the long jump — winning the Kenton Trail title —with a personal best 15-10 1/4. Sophomore teammate Olivia Warax won the 3,200 run in 11:31.32 to give the Braves four CBC individual titles (junior Hannah Schartz won the high jump on Tuesday).

• Other area CBC winners included Shawnee junior Balin McGhee (400), Tecumseh junior Garrett Gemmaka (1,600), Kenton Ridge sophomore Carson Jones (100 dash), Shawnee’s 400 relay team of Jarzab, McGhee, Hayden Lawhorn and McCrory and the Braves’ 1,600 relay team of Dylan Holland, Jaren Weller, Glass and McGhee.

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