Hyre wins state 100, 200-meter titles


DAYTON — A season that began with high hopes for Brookville’s boys track team ended with a pair of individual state champions as well as a third-place finish by a relay team.

Junior Coy Hyre dominated the 100 and 200 meters on Saturday, June 1 to claim OHSAA Division II state titles in both events at Welcome Stadium while helping his team to a sixth-place finish.

He was joined on the podium by the third place 4×400 relay team. The quartet of Keegan Mehr, Walt Adams, Lucas Tipton and Hyre completed the four-lap race in 3 minutes, 22.36 seconds.

In the 100, Hyre pulled away near the 50-meter mark to win his fist state championship in 10.65 seconds. Dawayne Galloway of Mario-Franklin finished second in 10.83.

In the 200, Hyre cruised to his second win of the day in 21.61 seconds. Garrett Tiller of Streetsboro was second in 22.20.

“I have been hunting that since about June of last year and I put in a lot of hard work so I’m not shocked. I’m having fun with it. It feels good,” Hyre said.

Xavier Stacy, a first year thrower in the shot put, finished ninth with a throw of 56-6 ¼.

“We had big hopes coming in this season with a lot of sprinter boys, hurdlers, we got Xavier Stacy who just threw out of his mind this year, first year thrower,” Brookville coach Melissa Ross said. “Overall, just extremely proud of them. I mean, the determination and the grit and the mental toughness that they’ve shown overcoming obstacles. I mean, it’s about more than just track, you know, it’s about life.”

Ross said Hyre is the team’s leader.

“Coy is an all-around great young man. Gets it done in the classroom. He’s got a 4.0. He’s a team leader,” she said. “Just a pretty quiet young man. Not too outspoken or flamboyant or anything. He’s just all around great young man.”

Although the relay team placed third all felt they could have run faster.

“It was alright. I would have liked a faster time, but I’m satisfied with third,” Hyre said.

“I wasn’t very pleased. I wanted to go faster,” Mehr said. “We wanted sub 320 before the race, but we did all right. Third place, not too bad. It was my first time (at state). So, it was pretty exciting for me. We just wanted more though.”

“I thought it went pretty well. But obviously we didn’t get the time we wanted but we got third at the state,” Tipton said. “So, what more could you ask for?”

”I think it was a good, got third. It’s been hot out all day, having to sit out in the sun. So, it was just hard to find shade. Anywhere you went we got yelled at (by state officials) but I’m happy with how we did. Got third but wanted more. It’s alright.”

Ross said she’s thankful for the support of the Brookville community.

“All my thanks to all the parents I mean, we had so much support here this week,” Ross said. “Oh my gosh, yesterday and today, like massive amounts of it. It was so close to home, and it was so nice and lots of social media posts and people forwarding it on and, you know, police escorts and all that. All that kind of stuff that they’ll remember forever.”

Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4061 and follow on X @emowenjr.

No posts to display