MOUNT VERNON — Centerburg junior Tyler Boales ran in two events at the OHSAA State Track and Field Championships earlier this month.
He was just one step away from making it four — which is the maximum for an athlete.
As one of the headliners for a relay team that reached state in two events, and for just missing on two solo races, Boales was named All-Area Boys Track Athlete of the Year by the sports writers of the Mount Vernon News.
The Trojans, led by Boales, were runners-up at regionals in the 4×100 and 4×200 relays. Boales also sent solo in the 200-meter sprint and placed fifth in the regional final, just 8/100 of a second shy of fourth place and a state berth. He also ran in the 100 and placed eighth.
At state, the Trojans reached the podium with an eighth-place finish in the 4×200, in a race in which every team was separated by about two seconds. They came in 11th in the 4×100 and failed to reach the finals.