Bishop, Lakes represent TVS at state track


By Eddie Mowen Jr. - [email protected]



Twin Valley South sophomore Cole Bishop competes in the 100-meter during the OHSAA state meet on Friday, June 3.

Twin Valley South sophomore Cole Bishop competes in the 100-meter during the OHSAA state meet on Friday, June 3.


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Twin Valley South junior Whyatt Lakes competes in the 300 hurdles during the OHSAA state meet on Friday, June 3.


Eddie Mowen Jr. | The Register-Herald

COLUMBUS — Cole Bishop and Whyatt Lakes represented Twin Valley South at the OHSAA’s 114th Boys State Track and Field Tournament on Friday, June 3, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

While neither reached the final of their respective events, they still showed well.

Bishop qualified for the 100, 200 and 400-meters, while Lakes competed in the 300 hurdles.

Both are remarkable accomplishments considering Bishop was a distance runner in middle school and Lakes had not run track at any level until this season.

Bishop opened the day with a 16th place finish in the 100 meters with a time of 11.39. He followed up that performance with another 16th place finish in the 400 with a time of 52.21 and wrapped up his day of racing with a 12th place finish in the 200 with a time of 23.03.

“To get here in three events as a sophomore and his first year in high school track it’s a heck of an accomplishment,” South coach Richie Faber said. “The range of skills is remarkable with him. He’s probably a decathlete, realistically speaking. I’m definitely proud of what he’s been able to accomplish this year.

Faber said he’s not sure when South had a male athlete qualify for state in three events, but he knows Bishop is the first to do so while he’s been the head coach for the past nine seasons.

Lakes turned in a time of 41.73 to finish ninth in the 300 hurdles.

“I was very proud of his performance. He ran aggressive from the get-go,” Faber said. “I mean, we knew coming in, he was on the cut line to qualify. He went out and attacked the race very aggressively and left everything he had out there. That’s all we can ever ask of him. You come up here to the big show and run your second best time of the year, that’s not a bad thing.”

Faber said Lakes has a bright future ahead.

“He’s really had a great year,” Faber said. “And I think it’s one of those things when he’s got some time to think about and digest the whole picture, he’s got a lot to be proud of, and a lot to look forward to next year.”

Faber said the duo had a good season and he hopes they can use the state meet as a learning experience.

“I’d say it’s been a pretty good learning experience, he said. “And these two are very competitive. They’re smart kids. So, they’ll take a lot away from this experience. And I think part of next week or two and as we see them over the summer it’s just going to be remind them of the good things that they did not just this week.”

Twin Valley South sophomore Cole Bishop competes in the 100-meter during the OHSAA state meet on Friday, June 3.
https://www.registerherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/41/2022/06/web1_tvstk_bishop.jpgTwin Valley South sophomore Cole Bishop competes in the 100-meter during the OHSAA state meet on Friday, June 3. Eddie Mowen Jr. | The Register-Herald

Twin Valley South junior Whyatt Lakes competes in the 300 hurdles during the OHSAA state meet on Friday, June 3.
https://www.registerherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/41/2022/06/web1_tvstk_lakes.jpgTwin Valley South junior Whyatt Lakes competes in the 300 hurdles during the OHSAA state meet on Friday, June 3. Eddie Mowen Jr. | The Register-Herald

By Eddie Mowen Jr.

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