Columbus, Ohio (WKBN)- It was championship Saturday in Columbus for the state track and field meet as the majority of the events crowned winners. Many local athletes are coming home from Columbus with medals.
McDonald senior Bobby Johnson won the 3200 meter state title at 9:22.85. He won the same event last year. Because of the heat in Columbus, Johnson scratched himself from the 1600 meter to focus on the 3200.
“It was hot out there so you know if I had to come back after the mile and run a hard two mile, it would have been tough, tough to finish even probably,” said Johnson with his first place medal around his neck.
“But I was satisfied with it, anytime you can come out as a state champ you can not argue with that.”
Warren JFK senior Chad Zallow set a personal record in the 110 meter hurdles (13.93), and defended his State Title. He finished second in the 300 meter hurdles to John Lint from Columbus Academy, who set a D-3 state record with 36.32, which broke Zallow’s record from last year.
“I knew I had a lot of people gunning for me so it just gave me more motivation to run faster and all so I am happy, it is the best feeling in the world to be state champion,” said Zallow.
He was not the only Warren JFK runner to bring home a win. Morgan Rice defended her state title in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 14.49. She finished second in the 300 meter, but she set a personal record with a time of 43.88. It was her first loss of the season. She is attending Miami (OH) next fall to continue her track career.
For complete results of the state track and field meet, head to http://www.OHSAA.com