Senior Jamie Annis and junior Cole Stark will carry the Red & Gold of Big Walnut into the 2014 OHSAA State Track & Field Championship which opens Friday at Jesse Owens Stadium on the campus of The Ohio State University.
Annis will represent Joe Evener’s Golden Eagles in the Girls Division I 100-Meter Hurdles in Friday’s 5:15 p.m. preliminaries. The finals are at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. Annis qualified to the State with a second-place finish at last Friday’s (May 30) Regional finals in a time of 0:14.43 seconds at Pickerington North High School. At the Central District Championship meet, Annis captured the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 0:14.75 on Saturday, May 24, at Hilliard Darby High School.
“I am so proud Jamie, she is having a fantastic postseason,” coach Evener said. “She started at the District meet by winning the 100 hurdles and placing fourth in the 300 hurdles to advance to the Regional — that in itself was quite an accomplishment.”
“What Jamie has been able to do in three short years is amazing,” he continued. “Last year she placed fourth in the state, and this year she is running even faster — I can’t wait to see what she can do.”
Evener also praised the work of assistant coach “Red” Edwards has done with Annis.
“Coach Edwards is one of the best in the business, and he has done a great job getting Jamie to this point in three short years.”
Stark will represent Eric Myers’ Golden Eagles in the Boys Division I Long Jump with the prelims and finals scheduled for 12 noon on Saturday. Stark advanced to the state last Wednesday (May 28) by placing third with a distance of 21 feet, 3 1/4 inches at the Regional finals at Pickerington North. At the Central District meet, Stark advanced to the Regionals with a third-place finish in 21-1 at Hilliard Darby.
“Cole has had a great post season in the long jump, he continues to improve and is becoming more and more consistent,” coach Myers said. “His qualifying jump at the Regional was a great jump. After sitting in fourth place throughout the competition, in the final round Cole was passed by the the very last jumper that could have pushed him out of qualifying for the State. Cole answered the bell and with his final attempt he had his best jump of the day and moved into third place. He was focused and knew what he had to do … pretty exciting!”
Myers reported that Stark was continuing to work with jump coach Mike Ryder.
“Cole is continuing to work with coach Ryder this week,” Myers said. “Cole has had a great post season in the long jump, and he continues to improve and is becoming more and more consistent and we believe he will be ready on Saturday.”