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Small, Mackey take firsts in Saturday’s OSU meet

By Gary Henery ghenery@civitasmedia.com

February 12, 2014

The Golden Eagles girls indoor track and field tram is starting to hit its stride.


At the Saturday. February 8, meet at The Ohio State University, Olivia Small and Anna Mackey scored firsts for Big Walnut, Small taking the long jump with a distance of 17 feet, 8 inches, and Mackey winning the triple jump with an effort of 33-3.5.


Also placing for the Golden Eagles were Jamie Annis, fifth in the 600-meter hurdles (0:09.61/0:09.65); Hannah Griffith, seventh in the shot put (28-9.5); and Mackey, eighth in the long jump (14-10.25).


“This is our second full meet, and we are hitting our stride, especially in the field events,” Big Walnut head coach Joe Evener said. “I really like where coach (Mike) Ryder’s jumpers are. Olivia took last week off due to a bruised knee, and this week we limited her to just the long jump to see where she was at, and she was definitely back. I can’t say enough about Anna’s progress. Last week she placed second in the triple, and this week she placed first. Having Liv and Anna together really gives us a potent 1-2 punch in the long and triple.”


Evener pointed to Griffith’s progress in the shot put


“Hannah continues to get better each week under the guidance of coach Dora Riggs. Having her place in the shot was a big boost to our scoring potential as we creep closer to the Central District Indoor Championship on March 1 at Otterbein,” He said. “I would like nothing more than to go in there hitting on all cylinders and get our fifth straight title.”


He also singled out the performances of Annis and Sara Althauser on the track


“Jamie is giving us scoring opportunities in the hurdles, and when she gets to 100 percent she should help our 4 by 4 relay team out,” Evener said. “Sara made the 60-meter hurdle final, and that is encouraging for the youngster. I am still experimenting with the lineup as far as the other running events go, eventually I will settle on the relays, but there is plenty of work left to do before then. I want to make sure I see as many girls run the events as possible before making up my mind.”


After Saturday’s meet, the current State indoor rankings showed four Big Walnut athletes ranked in the top ten, including Small ranked first in the long jump and triple jump, Mackey fourth in the triple jump, Avery Kerns fifth in the high jump and Annis ninth in the 60-meter hurdles.


Issac Lucas high jumped, he went 6’ 4”. 


He was the only one there for the boys. 


“Issac had an amazing performance on Saturday at Ohio State.


He broke his career best jump by 4 inches clearing 6’ 4” and that put him in the top 5


in the Division 1 indoor high jump rankings. Last year he qualified as a freshman with


a 6 foot jump as did Cole Stark so hes a definite qualifier for 2014 states now!”