COLUMBUS - Standing on the podium, Ally Rohrer and Maddy Sury each gave Waterford High's track and field faithful something to roar about at the state meet at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium Saturday.
The dynamic Wildcat duo combined to earn three Division III medals and All-Ohio status.
Rohrer finished third overall in the 100 meter hurdles and sixth in the 300 hurdles, while Sury was eighth in the 800 meter run.
Photo courtesy of Vickie Miller
Waterford head track and field coach Steve Littler, Maddy Sury, Ally Rohrer, and Waterford girls’ coach Scott Miller pose after Sury and Rohrer earned all-state status in Columbus on Saturday.
In Division I, Warren's Emma Ryan was all-state in the discus for the fourth straight year, while Warrior teammate Raelyn Gardner stood on the podium for the first time in the pole vault.
To achieve all-state in Ohio, a thinclad needs to place in the top eight in each event.
"This is the best day of my life," said the 17-year-old Rohrer, a senior-to-be at Waterford. "I became the first (track) girl at Waterford to stand on the podium. I've just exceeded all my expectations."
Sury expressed similar feelings.
"I'm still pumped," said the 16-year-old junior-to-be Wildcat athlete.
Scott Miller said he was "very excited" for Rohrer and Sury.
"They had a lot of support here at state," said the Waterford girls' track coach, "and both of them did very well."
Rohrer covered the 100 hurdles distance in a time of 15.45 seconds, and the 300 in 46.29. She was also a state qualifier in the 200 dash, but finished 16th in 27.16.
"I struggled in hurdles early on in the season," said Rohrer, who was a state qualifier as a freshman in the 400 run two years ago. "But I practiced hard, kept working at it, and got stronger.
"Next year when I'm a senior, I want to come back here and finish first (in the 100 hurdles)."
Sury nearly had two medals as well but placed ninth in the long jump with a PR (personal record) leap of 16-feet, 10.25 inches. In the 800, she had to rally late in a medal-placed time of 2:18.80 - also a PR.
"I had a good kick during the last 100 (meters), and passed four girls to place," Sury said.
Ryan, an Ohio University recruit, has been a model of consistency in the discus throw at Warren - and state. On Saturday, her toss of 137-08 was good for a fifth-place finish.
"I was hoping for a little better (in distance)," said Ryan, whose PR in the discus is 139-4 (in her sophomore year). "But I'm very happy to be able to make All-Ohio four straight years."
Ryan is the only Warrior in track to accomplish this feat.
Last year, Ryan threw her best at state, and was seventh in Division I with a throw of 136-5.
When she was a freshman and sophomore, she competed in Division II in the June central Ohio showcase.
In 2011, Ryan medaled with a throw of 128-0, good for third place.
In 2010, she was the only freshman competing in the event at state, and placed fourth with a throw of 125-7.
"Four years in a row all-state, that's just awesome," said Warren girls' track and field coach Sally Maddox.
Gardner pole vaulted 11 feet, and ended up sharing the eighth and final spot on the podium with Tri-Valley's Jade Hawkins. A senior-to-be at Warren, she owns the school mark of 11-1 in the PV event.
"Raelyn had no misses before trying 11-6 at state," Maddox said.
Added Gardner, who used a 12-foot pole in the event, "I actually went in thinking that I wouldn't place. But having no misses before trying 11-6 really helped me. I was consistent, and that put me on the podium.
Gardner said she wanted to thank some people for all of their support.
"Pat Wigal (assistant) was a very good coach, and I couldn't have done as well as I did in the pole vault without him.
"Coach Maddox and Connie Kaufman (assistant) were also very supportive in all the events I did all season long. It was just a great season."
Locally in other state track and field news:
Belpre long jumper Dakota Hoffman was an All-Ohio D3 honoree with a fourth place leap of 21-6.75
The Belpre 4x200 relay team of Sarah Walker, Allison Gherke, Sierra Barker, and Taryn Carr finished 16th in a time of 1:52.66.
Fort Frye sophomore Natalie Hart was 12th in the 400 in 61.41.
Caldwell junior Jenna Furr was 11th in the 3200 in 11:43.04.
Fort Frye sophomore Kylynn Buchanan was tied for 11th in the pole vault in 9-06.
Belpre freshman Cray Sistrunk was 13th in the 1600 in 4:35.35.
In Division II:
Morgan's Clinton Campbell, a Rio Grande University recruit, was 15th in the 200 in 24.10 and 12th in the 300 hurdles in 40.53.