Preview: Wayne Invitational 2023

Wayne Invitational Preview 2023

By Mike Fernandez- Meet Manager/Head Men's and Women's Track Coach Wayne HS
    The 27th Annual Wayne Warrior Track Invitational will take place this Thursday, April 28, and Friday, April 29, at Premier Health Fields at Heidkamp Stadium, on the campus of Wayne High School. 73 teams will converge on this 2-day track extravaganza, which starts at 3:30 pm both days.

    Several powerhouse schools will be in attendance, such as Gahanna Lincoln Girls (2022 Div. 1 Team Champs, 2023 Div. 1 Indoor State Champs), Lancaster (Boys Div. 1 Indoor State Champion 2023), Cleveland Heights (2nd place Div. 1 2023 Indoors), Olentangy. Orange boys (2nd place 2022 Div. 1 Outdoor), Div. 2 Team State Champions in Cleveland-Glenville Boys (also 2023 Indoor State Champion) and Oakwood Girls, as well Beavercreek, Centerville, Conner (KY), Hilliard Davidson, Northmont, Princeton, Troy and host school Wayne.

    Gahanna Lincoln's Camden Bentley, the defending state champion in Div. 1 100h/300h (and state record holder in 100h) highlights the women' sprints as well as multi-event athlete Juliette Laracuente-Huebner of Mar. Highland (defending indoor champion in 60h/LJ/TJ/HJ, 2023 State champ in Long Jump, 3rd in HJ/100H). Beavercreek's Kayleigh Keyes is the defending girls 400m outdoor champ for Div. 1 2022, Connor Ackley of Hilliard Davidson lead an impressive field in the distance races.

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    In the girls 100-meter dash, 10 athletes are registered under 12.49 seconds, led by Wayne sophomore Trinity Bibbs, who owns a personal best of 11.91 (4th in Div. 1 State 2022), but will be challenged by Amryne Chilton of Gahanna Lincoln (12.10), Te'aira Branham-Patrick of Chaminade Julienne (12.11), Isabella Vonlehan of Connor KY (12.17), Ric'Keya White of Wayne (12.17), Keena Sanders of Gahanna Lincoln (12.33), Mariah Day of Trotwood (12.35) Samaria Williams of Centerville (12.37), Alexus Roberts of Westerville South (12.45) and Sofija Keller of Centerville (12.49).

The boys 100-meter is equally impressive, with 14 athletes with times 10.99 or under. Franklin's Liam Acevedo comes in with the best seeded time of 10.70, followed by Cleveland Glenville's Bryce West (10.73) and Miquan Gravely (10.80). Northmont's Dorian Brew ran 10.84 last Saturday at Lakota East, followed by Princeton's Dorian Williams (10.88), Talawanda's Logan Howard (10.88), Fairmont's Kamron Payne (10.89), Brookville's Coy Hyre (10.90), Westerville North's Okiki Adeniyi (10.93), Springfield's Jayvin Norman (10.94), Butler's Jordan Gross (10.95), Hil. Bradley's Bradyn Fleharty (10.96), Troy's Colin Stoltz (10.97) and Tecumseh Landen Gapen (10.99)

In the girls 200-meter dash, Trinity Bibbs is tops with her best of 24.42, followed by Branham- Patrick (24.54), Sanders (24.75) and Bennett of Gahanna Lincoln (24.94) lead the quartet under 25 seconds. Watch out for Williams of Centerville (25.32), Day of Trotwood (25.38), Isabella Vonlehan from Connor KY (25.40), Leah Harnish of Troy (25.43) as they round out the top 9 entered.

In the boys 200-meter dash, it very much mirrors the 100 meters, led by Acevedo 21.94 (Franklin), West (Glenville) 22.06, Adeniyi 22.06 (Westerville North), Jamari Townsend 22.20 (Glenville), followed by Fleharty of Hilliard Bradley (22.27), Gross of Butler (22.50) and Hyre of Brookville (22.60).

The 400-meter dash is one race to watch as 6 girls are 57.65 or better. The field is led by defending state champion Kayleigh Keyes of Beavercreek (55.12), followed closely by Wayne Trace's Sydnee Sinn (55.92), then by Troy's Leah Harnish (56.54), Gahanna Lincoln's Amryne Chilton (57.18), Legacy Christian Maddy Merritt (57.20) and Beavercreek's Elinor Shuttleworth (57.65).

Lakota East J.D. Leverette is the leading time coming in at 49.02, Cleveland Heights duo of GioVaughni Lacy (49.18) and Michael Middleton (50.39), Cleveland Glenville's Malik Davis (49.76), Westerville Norths Adeniyi (49.67), Piqua's Ryan Brown (50.07), Beavercreek's duo of Kaden Ellerbe (50.10) and Ben Watson (50.35), Gavin Hutchinson from Troy (50.64), Ben Cannon of Centerville (50.71), Jared Farley of Princeton (50.79) and Jaedon Chase of Westerville North (50.94) round off the top 12 400 runners entered.

It would be hard pressed to just pick one event to say is the event to watch, but the women's hurdles may be that race. Camden Bentley of Gahanna Lincoln is the state leader in both 100h and 300h, but watch out for Westerville South's Marissa Saunders and Alexus Roberts, Mar. Highland Juliette Laracuente-Huebner, freshman Ric'Keya White of Wayne. Others to watch are Mariah Day of Trotwood, Mikaylah Chandler of Lakota East, Erionte Carlton of Wayne, and Bella Horne of Oakwood. 6 athletes are entered under 15 seconds in the 100 hurdles.

In the men's 110 meter hurdles, Brookville Kory Davis (14.73) and Westerville North's William Bauman (14.93) are the top two entered times. The 300 hurdles are a bit closer with 5 runners under 40 seconds. Davis of Brookville leads the field with 39.21, followed by Centerville's Sopuluchi Anosike at 39.23, Butler's Gabe Marlow 39.53, Westerville North's Bauman 39.58 and Twin Valley South's Wyatt Lake 39.70.


Hilliard Davidson Connor Ackley (Div. 1 state runner up 2022 in 1600 4:10.67) leads and impressive field for the 1600 meter run. The Elite race is packed with 16 times under 4:26.49. The top 6 runners are: Ackley (4:09.46), Westerville North's Ben Gableman (4:12.15), Worthington Kilbourne's Steven Miller (4:18.42), Lancaster duo of Trevor Lanoy (4:18.48) and Zane Schorr (4:20.61) and Jack Agnew of Carroll (4:20.99).

In the 3200 meter run, it's Ackley again at the top 9:05.67. The next 7 times are all under 9:20; Ryan Smith of Worthington Kilbourne (9:07.53), Dublin Jerome's Sam Ricchiuti 9:07.78, Olen. Orange's Saketh Rudraraju (9:09.43), Lanoy of Lancaster (9:13.03), Will Sheets of Cov. Catholic (9:13.27), Westerville's' Gabelman 9:13.81, and Weston Day of Dublin Scioto (9:18).

The 800-meter field boast runners under 2:00, with the Lancaster duo of Colton Thress (1:55.46) and Wes Taylor (1:55.66) the top two seeded times. Cedarville's Caleb Sultan (1:55.92), St. Xavier AJ Graf (1:56.80), Fairmont's Dillon Wooten (1:56.86), Beavercreek freshman Jackson Davis (1:57.01), Oakwood's Sean Michael (1:57.40), Daron Porter of Northmont (1:57.47) are the top 8 times.

The ladies field is also impressive, led by Oakwood's Bella Butler, who comes in at 4:49.12 in the 1600 meter run. The next 6 times are under 5:10; Mia Robillard of Centerville 5:01.16, Cara Mooney of Springboro 5:02.24, Samantha Erbach of Waynesville 5:03.88, Margaret Hemmelgarn of Minster 5:08.12, and Eleanor Towe of Butler 5:08.50.

In the 3200, Lucia Rodbro of Talawanda has an impressive time of 10:54.78, tops in the field. Abby Drosdak of Northmont is the other athlete under 11 min, as she comes in with a time of 10:56.45. The next 7 times are under 11:40; Bentley Thomas of Ursuline Academy 11:13.57, Helen Randolph of Dublin Jerome 11:23.07, Macie Roberts of Beavercreek 11:28.24, Selah White of Dublin Scioto (11:29.52), Mia Fry of Centerville 11:32.96, Natalie Fouts of Dublin Jerome 11:36.61, and Oakwood's Delaney Cahill 11:37.97.

The 800 field boast Minster's Taylor Roth, coming in at 2:12.65. The next 10 times are under 2:20; Oakwood's Bella Butler 2:13.91, Gahanna Lincoln's Ava Tominack 2:17.00, Eaton's Lauren Guiley 2:17.61, Waynesville Erbach 2:17.76, Robillard of Centerville (2:18.42), Mooney of Springboro (2:18.60), Ruby Gross of Carroll 2:19.07, Emme Greely of Waynesville and Jamie Confer of Beavercreek both at 2:19.09.

Field Events

Pole Vault Lancaster's duo of Daniel Edwards (16-0 Div. 1 indoor state champ 2023) and Lukas Lang (15-09 state runner up div 1 indoors 2023, 4th outdoors 2022) are among the top vaulters entered. Talawanda's Henry Hoblitzell is also a 16 footer, giving us two in the field. The top 6 vaulters entered are 15 feet or higher; Miami East Josh Amheiser - Beavercreek's Joe Hill - Sidney's Garrett Guinther are all at 15 feet, freshman Ethan Ireland of Centerville owns a best of 14-3, and Lancaster's 3rd vaulter Brody Ehorn comes in at 14 feet, rounding out the top 8.

The girls field boasts 5 girls that have cleared over 12 feet, led by Katie McFarland of Sidney Lehman, who owns a personal best of 12-2. The next four girls have cleared 12 feet; Ann Lehman of Centerville, Colleen Steinmetz of Ansonia, Megan Rybitski of Wayne, and Tru Buddenburg of Greenon.

In the throws, The Boys discus have all three Division leaders represented. Springfield's Jay McKinster leads the field with a throw of 192-9, Piketon's Alan Austin comes in at 186-1, Jo Assen of Springfield Emmanuel Christian has a 181-7 throw. Zane Trace's Nalin Robinson comes in at 167-6, Troy's Devon Strobel comes in at 166-5, Centerville Cameron Gay comes in at 162-2 and Connor's Grant Reece comes in at 161-11 rounding out the top 7 throwers.

In the shot put, Ryan Johnson of Springboro is the top thrower at 56-10.75, followed by Centerville's Cameron Gay at 55-4.75. In the Hammer throw; Ryan Johnson of Springboro leads the field with a toss of 210-10.

The girls throw, Ashley Cornathan of Hilliard Darby is the leader with a throw of 134-0, followed by Tahjaie Clark-Crowley of Springfield who has a mark of 130-5. In the shot put; Brooke Schoephoerster of Waynesville has the best mark at 39-2.75, followed by Kendra Detillion of Zane Trace with a toss of 38-9. Cornathan of Hilliard Darby has the third best mark at 37-11. In the Hammer, Centerville's Victoria Kuol is the leader with a toss of 137-0, followed by Wayne's Ziaira Wilkerson 130-6

In the jumps, Mar. Highland Juliette Laracuente-Huebner leads the field in the triple jump 39- 11.5, the long jump 19-5.75, and high jump 5-7.

Long jump- 7 jumpers in over 17 feet; Daisha Decree of Gahanna Lincoln 18-9, Wayne's G'niyah Brown 17-5, Ursuline Academy Gabby Burns 17-2.25, Tianna Johnson of Beavercreek 17-1.75, Zyneak Warren of Lakota East 17-1 and Fairmont's Hanna Harman 17-0.

Triple Jump -- Boys led by freshman Key'Shawn Garrett of Wayne, in at 44-0. In the long jump, Carroll's Sammy Deep is the leader with an impressive 23-10.5. The Men's High Jumpers are led by Sopuluchi Anosike, who owns a best of 6-8.


In the Boys, Glenville, Cleveland Heights, Beavercreek, Princeton, Springfield, Hilliard Bradley and Northmont lead the field in the sprint relays (4x100, 4x200 and 4x400), while the distance races (4x800 and DMR) will go through St. Xavier, Lancaster, Beavercreek, Westerville North, Olentangy Orange, Dublin Jerome, Covington Catholic, Carroll and Hilliard Davidson.

For the girl relays, Gahanna Lincoln, Wayne and Chaminade Julienne should battle for the 4x100 title, while Gahanna, Centerville, Beavercreek should battle for the 4x200 title. The 4x400 will be an epic battle with Beavercreek, Centerville, Gahanna Lincoln, Lakota East, Wayne Trace and Minster.

In the distance races, Beavercreek, Minster, Hilliard Davidson and Oakwood will vie for the 4x800 team title, where the DMR will be a battle with Waynesville and Hilliard Davidson.

Hope to see you here Thursday and Friday, you're in for a treat. Best of luck to all the athletes and coaches.