Ohio State Meet- D3 Boys Preview

Now we take a look at our Boys D3 state preview:

In the 4x800 the top 5 teams from last year are all back to race again. The top times have been turned in by Gilmour Academy, Minster and Maplewoo. Gilmour is the defending state champ in the event and have the fastest time this season as they look to defend their title.

The 110H has been a great event in Ohio this year and this race is no exception. John Lint and Chad Zallow will go head-to-head to see who will take the crown. Zallow is the defending champ and Lint finished fourth here a year ago.

The 100 also features a returning champ in Carl Zallow. Zallow also has the fastest time in the state this year in a wind-aided 10.55. Levi Wyse and Jamir Coleman should give him a challenge in this event.

The Boys 4x200 features the defending state champion and state meet record-holding team of Lima Central Catholic. All four runners return. The foursome broke the state meet record in the event last year and this year have broken the overall D3 State record. They are out in front by nearly a full second.

The 1600 has three at the front that could make it interesting. Mason Moore, James Nedrich and Bobby Johnson (State XC Champ) should all be in the hunt. Johnson may opt for the 3200 instead or he may try the double, depending if his team is in the hunt for the title.

The 4x100 has a clear favorite in the team from Calvert. They could challenge the 28-year old state meet record of Jefferson Township. They ran 42.50 last week and need to get down to 43.30 to get the record.

After missing out on the state meet last year, Lane White of Covington has dominated this 400 all season. He has the fastest qualifying time by a full second and is on the cusp of going sub-48. He is the clear favorite here.

The 300H features the duel, part two, between Zallow and Lint. They were 1-2 last year and it is shaping up to be that way again this year.

The 800 is going to be a tight race. Alex Clapacs is the highest returner from last year's edition, finishing third in 1:54. He is also entered in the 1600, but he may drop to focus on this event. Scott Willeke and Solomon Yoder have the two fastest times coming into this race at 1:55 apiece.

In the 200 the same three culprits in the 100 will be back at it again to see who can win. Zallow again has the fastest time, but Richard Johnson can't be ignored either. He was last year's runner-up and 400 favorite Lane White is also entered. He ran sub-22 earlier this year.

The boys 3200 favorite will be Bobby Johnson if he decides to drop the 1600. If he runs the 1600 it may be tough for him to come back and beat Michael Mangus, who has run 9:22 this year. Johnson has run 9:17, so if he decides to focus here he will be the favorite. Mycah Grandstaff looks to be in the mix for second or third.

The 4x400 leaders are the team from Gilmour Academy, Bluffton and Warren JFK. Those teams are only a second apart from each other and feature some of the top individuals in the meet. It should be a tight race and handoffs may play a factor here.

The HJ will feature a lot of new faces this year. Ben Olewiler and Drew Lament have both jumped 6-7. They are followed by Brandon Adkins and Zack Garver at 6-6. Adkins is a returner from last year's event and has been the most consistent jumper of the group this year.

The LJ has a couple of 22 footers in the event. Jamir Coleman has the furthest jump this season at nearly 23 feet, but Mykale Rogers is the defending state champ in the event, narrowly edging Coleman last year. John Lint is also in the event and has a season best of 22-4.5.

The SP is all Nick Demaline's. He is the current National Leader in the event at 68-10.25. He leads all D3 throwers by nearly 10 feet. Even on an off day he should win the event. Christian Smith looks to be runner-up in the event.

In the Discus, Christian Smith will look to upgrade from silver to gold. He is the state leader in the event with a throw of 181-9. Marcus Myers will push him for that top spot.

In the PV Dylan Cornwell has the state leading jump of 15-5, but Zach Gregg and Logan Konst will challenge should Cornwell have trouble.