COLUMBUS, Ohio — A great start to the big weekend.
Gallia Academy notched its first-ever boys state championship and has a chance at three more titles Saturday following completion of Day 1 at the 2014 OHSAA Division II Track and Field Championships being held at Jesse Owens Stadium on the campus of Ohio State University in Franklin County.
The Blue Devils scored 10 points on Friday as senior Logan Allison became the first boy in school history to win a title at the state track meet. Allison’s winning leap of 22 feet, 5.5 inches in the long jump event not only accounted for all 10 team points, but also led to a new school record and personal best in the event.
Allison became the fourth state champion from GAHS in track and field history, joining Amy Wilson (1998), Felicia Close (2006) and Alexis Geiger (2009) in a very exclusive club. Allison also joins Wilson and Geiger as long jump champs, while Close won her crown in the 100m hurdles.
Allison was the highlight of Day 1 for the Gallia Academy, but the Blue and White also had another athlete qualify for Saturday’s finals — giving GAHS a total of three more chances at a state championship or podium finish.
Junior Jacob Click advanced to Saturday’s finals in the 300m hurdles with a time of 38.73 seconds. Click finished second in his heat and has the third fastest time headed into the championship event.
Seniors Winston Wade and Hannah Watts had already qualified for Saturday’s respective boys and girls finals in the 800m run. Watts has the fastest time headed into the girls race, while Wade owns the 14th best time out of 16 competitors in the boys race.
GAHS had two other competitions at the state meet on Friday, but neither relay squad managed to qualify into Saturday’s round.
The 4x100m relay team of Allison, Click, Wes Jarrell and Wade Jarrell earned the fifth best time in their heat and 11th fastest time overall with a mark of 44.11 seconds.
The 4x400m squad of Click, Wade, Blake Wilson and Griffon McKinniss finished eighth in their heat and 15th overall with a time of 3:33.48.
Gallia Academy — with 10 points — is currently tied for second place with Otsego, Genoa Area and CVCA in the D-2 boys field, with Eastwood leading the way with 13 points. The Blue Angels have zero points after Day 1, with Alter, Chesapeake and Clyde all sitting atop the D-2 girls standings with 10 points apiece.
Results from Day 2 of the 2014 OHSAA Division II Track and Field Championships will be available in the Tuesday sports editions of the Gallipolis Daily Tribune, Point Pleasant Register and The Daily Sentinel.