Springfield has a new high school to boast about since the merger of North and South, but its defining legacy is within. There’s where you’ll find two long hallways along the gymnasium that are adorned with former athletic greats, boys and girls.
Portraits of champions from all sports hang from those walls. It’s a life-like painting salute to the best who ever represented the combined Wildcats and Panthers. It’s also where junior Quincy Scott is headed.
“Being a Wildcat means a lot,” assured Scott, who earned the honor by winning the state indoor long jump title two months ago. “It’s our history, our wall of fame and all the pictures. I’m going up on the wall. That means a lot to me to be up there with all those people who were good.”
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Scott was at his best during Wednesday’s first day of the Greater Western Ohio Conference track and field meet at historic Memorial Stadium. He was second in his specialty (21 feet, 10.75 inches), had the third-best 200 with a career-best (22.31), advanced in the 100 (11.28) and ran on the runner-up 4x100-meter relay (42.98). Joining Scott on the relay were Mike Brown, Dyier Smith and Jacob Yost.
The meet concludes Friday with two events remaining that also will count toward final divisional totals: the 800 and 3,200. Most of the divisional winners were set after Wednesday’s competition, but it’s possible those two events could affect final results.
All top placers Wednesday advance to Friday’s GWOC championships, also at Memorial Stadium. Trotwood-Madison (138.5) holds a comfortable advantage over Wayne (98) and Troy (92.5) among the boys. Troy (195) has pulled away with other girls contenders. Centerville (118) and Northmont (93) are the closest.
Divisional girls leaders after Wednesday are Troy (North), Trotwood (South), Centerville (East) and Northmont (West). The divisional boys leaders with two events remaining are Troy (North), Trotwood (South), Wayne (East) and Miamisburg (West).
The divisional winners in each event Wednesday plus the next best six times for running events and distances for field events advance to Friday’s championships.
It appeared Scott had at least two jumps in the 23-foot range, although both were nullified by fouls.
“The GWOC, it means a lot and then we’ve got the district,” Scott said. “I want the outdoor (long jump) title, too. Like my other coaches tell me, these meets are important but they’re really just practice. Out in the pit I was working on technique for Friday and the other meets.”
• Springfield’s Smith posted the fastest time in the 110 high hurdles (14.67) but was buried in 15th in the 300 hurdles.
• Freshman Camryn Rakestraw was second in the girls high jump (5-1).
• Springfield’s boys also were third overall in the 4x800 relay (1:31.36).
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