COLUMBUS — Hailey Thies said she doesn’t know who the last girl to place at state for Tri-County North’s track team was.
But after Saturday, she knows exactly who it is.
Thies, despite hitting three hurdles, turned in a time of 15.28 seconds to place fifth in the Division III 100-meter hurdles at the 43rd Annual OHSAA Girls State Track and Field Tournament on Saturday, June 3, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of The Ohio State University.
Alysse Wade of St. Peters won the race with a time of 14.46.
“My preliminary went better, but I’m not disappointed with it. I’ve been trying to get sub 15.5. And honestly, I’ve been knocking my time down since districts. I was not disappointed with how today went at all, ” she said moments after receiving her medal. “Last year, I came into state thinking I was going to do better than I did. Being able to make finals this year was just an extraordinary opportunity. Fifth place is an honor.”
North coach Jim Conway said Thies turned in her third fastest time of the season.
“She did a great job,” he said. “Obviously, we would have liked a PR (personal record), but it is what it is. To be honest, she’s been doing a fantastic job. Her times have been improving throughout the season. I’m excited at what I’ve seen so far. Fifth place from little Tri-County North is not too bad at the state meet.”
As for the last girl to place?
“I don’t know,” she said. “I don’t even remember. Maybe like the Nineties or the Eighties.”
She mentioned thrower Miranda Schoen qualified for state multiple times in the past decade.
Thies, a three-time state qualifier, said she is thankful for the opportunity to run on Ohio’s biggest stage against the best the state has to offer.
“It’s been exciting to be able to come three years in a row,” Thies, a state qualifier in the high jump as a freshman, said. “It’s a great opportunity to just compete against all these amazing people. In the high jump we have girls who are going 5-8, 5-10. It was awesome my freshman year to come here and see that.”
Last year she reached the state meet in the 100 hurdles.
Thies currently owns the school record in both the 100 and 300 hurdles and has tied the high jump and long jump marks. This was just her first season of long jump and she nearly advanced to state with a fifth place finish at the regional.
She said she is ready to get back to work and hopefully get to the top of the podium next year.
“I just love competition,” she said.
“She’s just a naturally very gifted talent. She’s a wonderful young lady,” Conway said.
Coleman finishes 12th
Senior Drake Coleman turned a time of 41.85 and finished seventh in his heat of the semifinals and 12th overall in the 300 hurdles. At the regional last week, he ran a 40.99 and finished third to qualify for state.
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