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Spaulding 5th in HJ

Chesapeake Lady Panthers high jumper Atiya Spaulding was fifth in the Division II state track meet. (Jimmy Walker/Ironton Tribune)

Chesapeake Lady Panthers high jumper Atiya Spaulding was fifth in the Division II state track meet. (Jimmy Walker/Ironton Tribune)

Jim Walker

jim.walker@irontontribune.com

 

COLUMBUS — Getting a place on the awards’ podium was merely icing on the cake for Atiya Spaulding.

The Chesapeake Lady Panthers’ junior high jumper was thrilled to be part of her first Ohio High School Athletic Association state track and field meet on Friday.

She celebrated her maiden voyage to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium by placing fifth in the Division II high jump.

“It was really amazing. I wasn’t nervous. You should be excited. You made it to state. I mean, that’s an accomplishment in itself. I had fun today. I didn’t get my best, but things happen. I’ll get it next time,” said Spaulding.

Spaulding cleared 5-feet, 4-inches after easily making her jumps in the first two heights.

But she was unable to clear the bar at 5-5.

“I think my speed and my steps were messed up. I thought I was going to get it (after her first two jumps).

Paula Wollenslegel of Clyde won the state title for the second straight year as she cleared 5-7. Yashira Rhymer-Stu of Finneytown also went 5-7 but had more misses.

Marisa Gwinner of Galion was third at 5-5.

Spaulding shared the fifth sport with Lindsey Bishop of Liberty-Benton and Lilly Ritz of Cambridge.