Springfield’s Scott headed to state in four events — with a chip on his shoulder

Springfield’s Quincy Scott (gray) wins the 100 meters in 10.80 seconds to edge Wayne’s Zarik Brown (10.86) at Friday’s Division I regional track and field meet at Wayne High School. Scott and Brown will compete in four events at the state meet. Jeff Gilbert/CONTRIBUTED
Caption
Springfield’s Quincy Scott (gray) wins the 100 meters in 10.80 seconds to edge Wayne’s Zarik Brown (10.86) at Friday’s Division I regional track and field meet at Wayne High School. Scott and Brown will compete in four events at the state meet. Jeff Gilbert/CONTRIBUTED

Springfield High School track coach Mike Davis has seen the chip on Quincy Scott’s shoulder make him faster.

“He’s always looked at as an excellent long jumper, so I think the challenge for him this year was to go out on the track and show that he is a good sprinter,” Davis said.

The fifth-place finishes in the 100 and 200 meters at regionals last year that denied him spots at the Division I state meet have been left behind. Scott won the 100 and placed second in the 200 on Friday at the regional meet at Wayne High School to lead the Wildcats to a third-place finish behind GWOC rivals Wayne and Centerville.

MORE POPULAR STORIES: Northwestern takes two of top three spots in D-II regional discus

Scott also ran anchor for the runner-up 400 relay team and placed third in the long jump Wednesday to qualify for four events this weekend at the state meet at Ohio State.

“He always wants to get better,” Davis said. “If I came and sat in front of him and said here’s a hundred different techniques to run the hundred, he’s going to try all hundred of them without a question.”

Scott won the 100 in 10.80 seconds to edge Wayne rival Zarik Brown’s 10.86. Brown won the 200 in 21.31 to Scott’s 21.61. Brown also held off Scott in the 400 relay 41.69 to 42.03. Scott’s relay teammates are Mike Brown, Austin Tyree and Jacob Yost.

Tyree, a junior, placed third in the 300 hurdles in 38.34 to advance to his first state meet. His goal is to break 38 seconds at state.

“I didn’t get the place I actually wanted, but it’s alright,” Tyree said. “I’m still going to state next week, so I have a week to work and to reach my goals.”

Explore PHOTOS: Division I regional track and field at Wayne High School

Tecumseh sophomore Kylee Mastin ran her best time in the 800 meters by more than two seconds to finish fourth and advance to state. She passed one runner on the final stretch to finish in 2:14.73.

“I looked at it and I knew it was going to be a tough race,” she said. “I didn’t think I was going to finish top four but I really wanted it I guess.”

Mastin was joined on the 1,600 relay team by Shannon Terrel, Katie Rawlins and Jaci Rife for an eighth-place finish.

Tecumseh juniors Garrett Gemmaka and Stephen Mattingly placed but did not advance to state. Gemmaka was sixth in the 1,600 at 4:27.20. Mattingly was seventh in the 800 at 1:59.88.

• West Liberty-Salem fared the best among area teams, and Addie Engle of Catholic Central advanced in the D-III regional finals at Troy on Friday.

The WL-Salem girls won the 400-meter relay (49.85) and were fourth in the 1,600-meter relay (4:06.08). In Wednesday’s first day, the Tigers girls also placed third in the 4x800 relay (9:40.97). WL-Salem also advanced senior Raiph LeVan, fourth in the 400 (50.64).

Engle, a sophomore, pulled off a tough distance double. She was third in the 1,600 (5:06.55) and recovered enough to place second in the 3,200 (11:15.10).

Also advancing to state was Northeastern junior Max Queen in the high jump (6-2). The only other area state qualifier is Southeastern junior Charlie Bertemes, who was fourth in the discus (143-0) on Wednesday.

Just as noteworthy on Friday were four fifth-place finishes, including three by West Liberty-Salem: the boys 800 relay, freshman Katelyn Stepleton in the 1,600 and sophomore Lydia Moell in the pole vault. Also placing fifth and missing a state qualification by one place was Cedarville junior 300 hurdler Trey Gruet.

About the Author