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Annis concludes BW track career with third in D1 100-meter Hurdles

By Gary Henery ghenery@civitasmedia.com

June 11, 2014

Senior Jamie Annis left her mark on girls track this season at Big Walnut.


Junior Cole Stark looks to build on his success in 2015 with the Golden Eagles.


Annis mounted the podium for the second straight year at the Girls Division I OHSAA State Track Meet, taking third place in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 0:14.78 seconds on Saturday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of The Ohio State University.


“Jamie had a great season! We are all so very proud of what she accomplished this year,” Big Walnut head coach Joe Evener said of his All-Ohio athletes. “The work she was able to do with hurdle coach “Red” Edwards in three short years is nothing short of incredible. Her performance at the state meet was awesome! She continued to prove that we may be one of the smallest schools in Division I, but that our athletes and coaching staff are among the most talented and hardest working in the state.”


Annis, who finished in fourth place at the 2013 State meet, moved up a notch as she placed third behind Canal Winchester senior Jocselyn Powell who swept both hurdle events, winning the 100 with a time of 0:13.98 seconds and the 300-meter event in 0:42.08 seconds. Withrow’s Arbia Williams was second in 0:14.50 seconds.

Annis enjoyed a senior track season that most athletes only dream about. She was a Regional qualifier in both the 100 and 300 hurdles as well as a Central District champion in the 100 hurdles where she earned First Team All-District honors. At the Ohio Capital Conference Capital Division championship meet, Annis captured the 100-meter hurdles and was the runnerup in the 300-meter hurdles, earning First Team and Second Team All-OCC recognition. She leaves Big Walnut as the school record holder in both the 100 (0:14.43 set this season) and 300 (set last season) hurdles.
Stark qualified to the OHSAA Boys State Meet in the long jump where he placed 10th in the preliminaries with a leap of 21 feet, 7 3/4 inches.
“Cole really worked his tail off this year and what a great accomplishment to make it to the Division I State Meet, said Golden Eagle jumps coach Mike Ryder. “He has matured into a very technical jumper and I cant wait for his senior year … I’m super proud of Cole!”
Stark advanced to the State with a third-place finish (21-3 1/4) at the Regionals at Pickerington North after finishing third (21-1) at the District at Hilliard Darby.