COLUMBUS — Kyle Saul saved his best performance in a Panther uniform for his last this season.
The Twin Valley South junior turned in a personal best time in the 800-meter final at the 112th Annual OHSAA Boys State Track and Field Tournament on Saturday, June 1.
Saul ran the two-lap race in 1 minute, 57.99 seconds and finished 10th overall. Leesburg Fairfield’s Brandston Duffie won the race in 1:53.77.
Twin Valley South senior Jayden Bassler was making a return trip to the state meet in the high jump. A year ago Bassler finished ninth.
Bassler, who entered the state tournament with a season-best leap 6 feet, 6 inches and as one of the favorites, cleared 6-0 and finished in a three-way tie for 12th.
Bassler cleared the first two heights, 5-10 and 6-0, on his first attempts. When the bar was raised to 6-2, he struggled and missed all three attempts.
Twin Valley South senior Willie Bowman finished eighth in his semifinal heat of the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 16.17 seconds on Friday. His time was good enough for 16th overall.
Tri-County North senior Madison Cox entered the 45th annual girls state tournament looking to make the podium. However, she failed to clear the opening height of 9-6 in the pole vault, missing on all three of her attempts.
East Canton won the boys Division III title with 42 points. Col. Crestview was the state runner-up with 36 points.
West Liberty-Salem won the girls Division III championship with 50 points. Archbold was second with 39 points.
In Division II, Shelby won the boys team title with 57 points, while CVCA was second with 42 points. For the girls, Indian Hill outdistanced co-runner-ups Oakwood and Akron SVSM 43-28.
The tournament took place on Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.
Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @emowen_RH