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Porter is 7th, Wireman 8th at state meet

Jim Walker



COLUMBUS — They are among the best of the best.

Chesapeake Lady Panthers’ junior Jordan Porter and Fairland Dragons’ senior Raine Wireman earned a spot on the awards podium Saturday at the Ohio High School Athletic Association state track meet Friday and Saturday at Jesse Owens’ Memorial Stadium.

Porter threw the shot put 40-feet, four-and-three quarter inches to place seventh in the Division II state meet. Alyssa Robinson of St. Clairsville won with a heave of 46-1.5.

Wireman ran in the boys’ Division II 1600 meters and finished eighth with a 4:21.03 clocking. Sam Prakel of Versailles won with the time of 4:14.0.

In Division III on Friday, Coal Grove Hornets’ sophomore high jumper Brandon Adkins cleared his first two jumps before going out at the 6-foot-2 height. Adkins finished 12th.

“I’m proud of him. The state meet is tough, especially on a sophomore,” said Hornets’ coach Jay Lucas. “He got a little stiff legged and then his steps got out of sync. He hasn’t jumped less than 6-4 since early in the year.”

Trey Everett of Fairlawn jumped 6-6 to win the event.

The Lady Hornets’ Darrien Hankins threw 105-8 in the discus to place 16th in the Division III meet. The winner was Becca Leppelmeier of McComb who threw 144-7.

In the boys’ Division II meet, Fairland’s 4×800-meter relay team of Wireman, Josh Sifford, Logan Rowe and Taylor Lewis ran its best time at 8:15.92 and placed 13th.

Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy won with a time of 7:48.88.

Chesapeake Lady Panthers’ freshman Atiya Spaulding was 16th in the 300-meter hurdles with a 49.83 clocking in the preliminaries in Friday’s Division II meet.