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Ransbottom takes 2nd in state high jump

COLUMBUS - Chesapeake's Brent Ransbottom did his best. Dalton's Jake Dalessandro just did a little better.

Dalessandro jumped 6-feet, 9-inches to win the Division III state high jump event Saturday with Ransbottom taking second at 6-7, thus matching his career-best height.

Dalessandro had missed jumps at 6-5, 6-6 and 6-7. Ransbottom cleared all of the heights without a miss, but then Dalessandro cleared 6-8.

"I thought I had a chance. He came out of nowhere to jump 6-8 and then he goes 6-9 and that's his personal best," Ransbottom said. "I'd rather be first, but second isn't bad. I hate to lose."

Chesapeake coach Phil Davis said Ransbottom gave a great effort.

"(Ransbottom) had him on misses for two heights. He was right there. But give (Dalessandro) credit, he came back. That's why he's the defending state champ," Davis said.

"I was proud of Brent. He jumped as well as he had all year and didn't back off. (Dalessandro) just stepped it up. He cleared 6-8 and Brent didn't."

Ransbottom and Dalessandro were the favorites going into the state meet in Division III, and things went as expected. Both are juniors.

"I've got another shot at him," Ransbottom said.

The event became a two-man battle as they jumped well above the rest of the field. Shane McLaughlin of Caldwell and Tyler Wilhelm of Greenwich South Central, who were third and fourth respectively, could only clear 6-3.

Ransbottom, a junior, joins former Panthers Dylan Carney and T.R. Hannan to finish second in the state meet in the high jump.

Ironton Lady Fighting Tigers sprinter Mandi Boykin finished fifth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.59 seconds. Cachet Murray of Girard won her fourth straight state title in the event as she was clocked at 12.01 seconds.

Ayrizanna Favours of Columbus Eastmoor was a close second at 12.02 followed by Shamara McDavid of Pepper Pike Orange (12.43) and Shavae Wright of Lima Shawnee (12.47).

Boykin, who ran a 12.54 in the semifinals on Friday, finished third in the state in last year's meet as a freshman.

Sophomore Chris Smith of South Point placed sixth in the shot put with a heave of 54-8.25, his best of the season. He finished just ahead of Brant Finney of Millersburg West Holmes who threw 54-3.

Evan Whiting of Port Clinton won the event with a shot put of 60-9.5 while Drew Weber of Wauseon was second at 59-7.5. Terry Miller of Kenton was third (57-8.75), T.J. Lyons of St. Paris Graham was fourth (56-7.75) and Chad Rankin of Newton Falls was fifth (56-0.75).

Smith also competed in the discus and was 12th with a toss of 150-feet.

Murray also won the long

jump again as she leaped 19-0 and one-half inch. South Point's Sarah Lee was 12th with a jump of 16-4. The top eight finishers all had jumps of more than 17-feet.