COLUMBUS — The Crestview boys couldn’t have asked for a better senior season.
Senior Ryan Emch placed eighth in the long jump at the 114th annual state track meet on Friday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium and helped the Rebels take a relay team to the state finals .
“This is our second state race this year,” said senior Matt DeNiro. “It’s been a crazy senior.”
Senior relay team members Emch, DeNiro and Mitchell Auer were part of the Rebels football team that was a state runner-up last fall.
“To have a senior year like that – going to national finals in two sports – it’s great,” Emch said.
Emch ended his day by jumping from ninth to eighth on his penultimate attempt with a 20-foot-9 long jump.
“In reality, I did not expect that this year” Emch said. “I couldn’t get jumps consistently until the last two weeks.”
“I was in crisis most of the year. I didn’t expect to be on the podium at State.
He will have a chance to do so against Saturday in the 1600 meter relay.
Senior Jack Yerkey joins Emch, DeNiro and Auer on the team that finished sixth in their heat and overall (3:28.75). It’s the third time the Rebels have broken the school record this year.
“A great team and great teammates” said De Niro. “We take it one day at a time. Hopefully we will break the school record again.
“We have the sixth best time and we haven’t run our best race yet,” said Emily. “I think we cut time again (Saturday).”
The Rebels have been focused on the right path since graduation.
“We will train two weeks after graduating,” said DeNiro.
The Rebels are hoping to add another medal to their senior season, just for fun.
“It’s hard to believe we’re going to declare twice and rank in both,” said DeNiro. “It’s been a blessing.”
¯ Emch asked retired Crestview teacher and track official Karen Sapp to present her medal on the podium.
“It was an honor” said Sapp who was Emch’s teacher.
¯ Lowellville is just ahead of the Crestview relay team with the fourth fastest time (3:28.37).
“They were our biggest competition,” said DeNiro. “We were joking with them before the race. They are good guys. We get on well with them, even though they are our biggest rivals. We’ve been butting heads with them all year.
¯ Springfield senior and Youngstown State football rookie Beau Brungard advanced through both hurdles.
Brungard won her round of the 110 hurdles (15.15) and finished third overall in the 300 hurdles (39.73). He finished 16th in the 200 m (23.14).