2024 OHSAA State Championships - Division III Recap


The 2024 OHSAA State Championships in Division III track and field showcased an electrifying display of athletic prowess and competitive spirit in Ohio. Held at Welcome Stadium at the University of Dayton, athletes from across the state converged to test their limits, delivering remarkable performances and creating unforgettable moments. The championship highlighted the culmination of a season filled with dedication, training, and resilience. From record-breaking sprints to awe-inspiring field events, the 2024 Division III State Championships embodied the essence of high school athletics and set the stage for future stars to shine.

Here we recap the top performances/performers for Division III. 


EventBoys ChampionGirls Champion
100mGabe OppongIniya Charlton
200mEvan HudsonIzzy Zahn
400mEvan HudsonOlivia Hudson
800mJack GentileMaryn Erdman
1600mRiley NixonKaitlyn Carr
3200mLanden EyreCaleigh Richards
110m/110m HurdlesNathan BoothAzure Travis
300m HurdlesMichael BalloneAzure Travis
4x100mUnitedWest Liberty-Salem
4x200mMarion LocalDawson-Bryant
4x800mFisher CatholicSmithville
Shot PutWade BolinGwyn Lori
DiscusWade BolinSierra Brinson
Long JumpIzaak CoxIzzy Zahn
High JumpCalvin WillowLexi Tucci
Pole VaultToby KremerKatie McFarland


In Grand-Return to State Championships, Bolin is King

Wade Bolin returned to the state championships for the first time since his sophomore year after an ACL injury last year, and boy was the return grand. Bolin won both the D3 shot put and discus titles, with throws of 187' 10" in the discus and 58' 3" in the shot put. Bolin had four separate discus throws that would have won him the state championship, but it was the throw of 187-10 - his second in preliminaries - that gave him the gold. His third throw of 58' 3" in the shot put was the winning results, one that made Bolin's dreams come true in the final meet of his high school career. 


Willow Avenges Runner-Up Finish From 2023

Calvin Willow got the last say of things this year after finishing as the D3 runner-up in 2023, avenging his runner-up finish in the high jump, to become the 2024 D3 State High Jump Champion. Willow finished with a mrk of 6' 7' hitting that on his second attempt, and hitting his mark on every attempt from 6' 0" up to 6' 6". He finished his day with three attempts at 6' 9", missing all three.  Only a sophomore, Willow was the only underclassman to win an individual event on day 1 of the state championships and the only underclassman boy to finish in the top three of any individual event. His PR this season of 6' 8.25" ranks as the #5 sophomore time in Ohio state history. 


Izzy Zahn Sets New D3 Record in the 200m Prelims

It was a banner day for Coldwater junior Izzy Zahn, winning the D3 long jump title with a mark of 18' 7.75", running a new PR of 12.09 in the 100m dash prelims (4th place), and then finally running a massive PR in the 200m dash for a new D3 record. Finishing with a time of 24.06 to win the 200m dash prelims, Zahn set a smashed the D3 state record in the 200m, beating the old record of 24.22 set by Brittany Hocker in 2004. Zahn will go to the 200m dash finals to defend her title from last year when she finished with a time of 25.54. 

Zahn would go on to win the 200m title in the finals, alongside her long jump title and a 6th place finish in the 100m dash. 

D3 200m All-Time Records

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Twice is Nice for Azure Travis in Hurdles Races

For the second year in a row, is was the Azure Travis show in the 100m and 300m hurdles races, winning both titles after doing so in 2023 also. In the 100m hurdles, it was a dominant effort for Travis, recording a time of 14.37 to win by over half a second. This was a new PR of Travis, beating her old PR of 14.40. In the 300m hurdles, it was a closer effort with Travis winning with a new PR of 43.39 over Jameson Pillifant who ran a time of 43.44. This was a huge PR for Travis, beating only her time of 43.82 in last year's 300m hurdles winning race at state. 


Carr Runs Ohio #8 Sophomore 1600m Time All-Time

Running a new Ohio #1 time and one of the best sophomore 1600m times in state history was all in a days work for Smithville's Kaitlyn Carr. It was a banner day for her winning her state title in the 1600m with a dominant time of 4:50.56, winning by nearly 5 seconds. This was a new PR for Carr, besting her previous best time of 4:56.11 from Sectionals. Her time of 4:50.56 now ranks as the #8 sophomore time in Ohio state history and the fastest since Bucher and Stall five years ago. Her time also ranks at the 20th fastest nationally this season for all sophomore girls. 

All-Time Sophomore Girls 1600m Times

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Hudson Siblings Bring Home Three Titles

It was a banner day for Oberlin's Evan Hudson and Olivia Hudson at the Division 3 State Championships, with the two bringing home three state titles, a runner-up finish and a 6th place finish. Evan won both the 200m and 400m titles, while also finishing 2nd in the 100m dash. Olivia won the girls 400m title, while also finishing 6th in the 200m dash finals. 

Hudson Siblings - 2024 State Results

100mEvan Hudson11.042nd
200mEvan Hudson22.021st
200mOlivia Hudson25.976th
400mEvan Hudson47.971st
400mOlivia Hudson56.381st


Smithville and Marion Local Dominate for Team Victories

The Smithville girls and the Marion Local boys dominated the team races at the state, winning the team titles in dominant fashion over the rest of the field. 

The Smithville girls scored 50 total points, winning by 17 points over Coldwater. They did the majority of their damage in the distance events, scoring 28 points and in the relays, scoring 16 points. They were led by Kaitlyn Carr who scored 18 points by herself,  freshman Maryn Erdman who scored 26 points individually and as a part of both relays, and Claire Haas who scored 16 points as a part of both relays. 

The Marion Local boys scored 51 total points, winning by 16 points over Lowelville. They did most of their damage in the sprint relays, scoring 26 of their points in the 4x100m, 4x200m and 4x400m. Individually, they got major points from Toby Kremer winning the pole vault title, Justin Knouff scoring a combined 20 points individually and as a part of relays and Victor Hoelscher also scoring 23 points individually and in relays. 

Smithville Girls Points

4x800mMaryn Erdman, Claire Haas, Cadence Amstutz, & Kaitlyn Carr1st10
1600mKaitlyn Carr1st10
800mMaryn Erdman1st10
400mMaddy Lengacher3rd6
3200mKaitlyn Carr2nd8
4x400mMaddy Lengacher, Claire Haas, Hayden Steiner, & Maryn Erdman3rd6

Marion Local Boys Points

100mJustin Knouff7th2
4x200mWesley Schoen, Victor Hoelscher, Justin Knouff, & Aiden Gieshop1st10
4x100mBrayden Pavelka, Justin Knouff, Kyle Otte, & Carter Jones2nd8
200mVictor Hoelscher4th5
4x400mAiden Gireshop, Victor Hoelscher, Andrew Pohlman, & Wesley Schoen2nd8
Pole VaultToby Kremer1st10
DiscusJack Knapke2nd8