OATCCC Indoor Championship (OH) - 3/4
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The top athletes in Ohio square up for the indoor state championships.
Hunter Moore of Olentagy Orange ranks No. 3 in the nation in the 3200m; he aims here for the Division 1 state title and his first sub-9 minute clocking. The D1 1600m showcases NXN finalist Dustin Horter, who owns the state's fastest 1600m time this year of 4:16, vs. Ben Ewert, Zak Kirk and Andrew Bollam-Godbott. The fastest times of the day could potentially come from Chad Johnson in Division 2.
The girls 1600m is headlined by Foot Locker and NXN All-American India Johnson, who will contend with fellow sub-five milers Olivia Howell, who was second at the state outdoor meet last year, and Allison Guagenti.
Can Abby Steiner defend her 60m and 200m D1 indoor state titles for the third consecutive year? The soccer star faces her toughest state meet yet as she mounts a comeback after tearing her ACL at a national team camp last August. McKenzie Long and Kaylyn Heath have both run 7.55, the top time in D1, and Long owns the fastest 200m time in the state this year at 24.62. In D2, Mia Knight looks to sweep both events.
The D1 girls 400m features a rematch between Natalia Price and Jaydan Wood, who charged to state-leading times of 55.35 and 55.76 at the Spire Scholastic Showcase. Emma Lane will also be in the running for a title.
The D1 boys 60m hurdles features Connor Duricky (OH #1, 8.06) and Matt Peare (OH #2, 8.08) in their first match-up of the year.