COLUMBUS — It was a final opportunity for five athletes to make their mark upon the 2016-17 school year. On the last day of the 2017 OHSAA State Track and Field Championships at Jesse Owens Stadium on the campus of Ohio State University, there was one area relay team and one area individual still chasing a spot on the podium. In the end, one stepped onto the podium for the first time and the other got knocked off.
The Centerburg 4×200 relay team managed to secure the final step on the podium, finishing in eighth place with a time of 1:31.57. It was slightly faster than the 1:31.83 that they ran on Friday to qualify for the finals. After missing the final at state last year, the team of Tyler Boales, Seth Belt and Gabe Coffing added on Sterling Armstrong this season. By all accounts, the addition of the senior, who never ran track before, was a success.
“We’re really proud of Sterling, because he performed really well,” Coffing, the team’s anchor, said. “It was an honor running with him and with Tyler and Seth again.”