Small, Lyle break girls’ school indoor track standards at OSU
By GARY HENERY
News Managing Editor
Big Walnut’s field events unit enjoyed another solid outing at the Golden Eagles’ second indoor track meet of the season held Saturday, February 2 in the French Field House on the campus of The Ohio State University.
Olivia Small scored two firsts in the meet, breaking the school record in the triple jump with a winning effort of 36 feet, 3 1/2 inches, and capturing the long jump with a leap of 18 feet, 2 inches. She also tied for fourth in the high jump at 4–10.
Jordan Lyle joined Small with a school record-breaking performance in the pole vault as she tied for second place with a vault of 9–6. Leah Thomas placed fourth in the triple jump at 29–10 while Hannah Griffith finished eighth in the shot put with a toss of 29–7 1/4.
In the running events, Thomas enjoyed another solid outing by placing eighth in the 60 meter dash with times of :08.21 and :08.17 seconds. The Golden Eagles’ 4x800 meter relay team of Asia Medlock, MaKenna Hemming, Mikaela Smith and Addison Shawver recorded with an eighth-place finish in 11 minutes, 29.66 seconds.
“It was another great day for us,” Big Walnut girls indoor track coach Joe Evener said. “We had 23 girls competing and they all gained valuable experience.”
Evener said the Golden Eagles’ field events squad continues to progress.
“Our field events have really picked it up so far in the indoor season,” he said. “ I know that was one of our strengths last season, especially outdoor with Olivia Small placing second in the OHSAA State Meet in the long jump, Avery Kerns winning a district title in the high jump, Laylaa Crawford qualifying to the regional in the discus and Jordan Lyle placing fifth in the regional in the pole vault.
“And we were strong last indoor season, particularly in the jumps with Olivia winning the long jump and placing third in the triple jump, and Leah placing seventh in the triple jump in the Indoor State Meet last year,” he continued. “It seems as if they picked up right where they left off, and having Hannah in the shot put has even made the field events that much stronger.”
The squad has a busy upcoming weekend, competing Saturday at Ohio State at 9 a.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m. at Kenyon College.