Shawnee junior Robie Glass is ready to make the leap. And the sprint.
Glass, the Braves’ junior speedster, achieved his ambitious goal of qualifying for the Division II state track and field championships in four events – the 100, 200 and 400-meter dashes and the high jump. On a warm and windy day on Piqua High School’s track, Glass blistered his way – and his feet – to finish among the top four placers in each event at the regional championships on Saturday.
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Glass won the high jump by tying his personal best at 6-8. He just missed his three attempts at 6-9.
“I was so close. If I held my form a little longer I would have had it,” Glass said.
Minutes after finishing his jumps Glass sprinted over to run the 100. He finished third in 11.30 behind Dunbar senior Zamir Youngblood (10.96) and Chaminade Julienne junior Calvin Hatcher (11.04).
In the 200, Glass finished fourth (22.40) behind Toledo Central Catholic winner Matthew Griffin (22.03), Hatcher (22.04) and Youngblood (22.11).
In his best event, Glass captured the 400 regional title in 48.97 to beat out Bryan junior Tyler Manon’s 50.02.
Glass will see all of them again at the state meet Friday and Saturday at Ohio State University’s Jesse Owens Stadium. Last season Glass qualified for state in the high jump (he placed third), the 200 (seventh), 1,600 relay (eighth) and 800 relay.
“It actually motivates me because I know I’m not the best one anymore,” Glass said of the increasing competition. “It motivates me to train harder and run faster and just compete with them. … Just do the best I can at state and see what happens.”
The Braves also qualified juniors Alex Dyar and Olivia Warax to state. Dyar survived a frantic sprint to the finish that saw the top nine runners separated by 2.82 seconds. Dyar grabbed the fourth and final automatic qualifying spot in 1:58.49.
“You just gotta go quick. When you’re in a big group of guys like that it’s either you or him,” Dyar said of battling for state. “I had to get one of them at least.
“It’s surreal. I can’t believe it. I can’t thank my coach and teammates enough for getting me here.”
Warax finished fourth in the 3,200 in 11:36.21 and held a comfortable margin for the final qualifying spot much of the race.
Also on Saturday:
• Northwestern senior Adam Riedinger didn’t throw his best in the shot put, that’s understandable. A year ago Riedinger collapsed with an irregular heartbeat while warming up for his final throw in the discus. Toledo Central Catholic throws coach Angie Knannien-Rahman, also a nurse in Toledo, and a physician’s aide from Cincinnati rushed to Riedinger’s assistance.
They used a portable defibrillator on Riedinger and shocked him back to life.
“I was probably the most nervous I’ve ever been at a meet because of everything last year. It’s hard to get over all that,” said Riedinger, who still threw a 55-09.25 to finish second.
Riedinger, who will do his throwing at Ohio State University, said he didn’t dwell on the incident much in the past year. But recent weeks have been different.
“This whole month it’s really hit me. It’s scary,” said Riedinger, who had an cardioverter defibrillator implanted in his chest. “It’s kind of surreal being back here. It’s hard to explain. It’s just kind of weird.”
Riedinger will compete at state along with senior teammate Blake Jamison and junior Korbin Spencer. Jamison finished third in the shot on Saturday (54-00) and third in the discus on Thursday (156-01). Spencer was fourth in the discus at 152-09.
“(Winning state) is still the main goal,” Riedinger said. “If I hit my positions I can actually win it. I just have to train hard this week and hopefully get there. … Realistically if all three of us do really well we can finish in the top 10 as a school.”
• The Kenton Ridge 1,600-relay team of senior Andrew Good, junior Carson Jones, senior Justin Peterman and junior Owen Waters finished second to advance. The Cougars finished in 3:22.63 to challenge Dunbar’s winning time of 3:20.47. Peterman also qualified in the high jump taking fifth at 6-03, but grabbed one of the two at-large bids for the next best efforts among the state’s four regional finals.
• Greenon junior Cameron Algren qualified in the pole vault on Thursday.
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