Lady Eagles Ruffener 7th in OHSAA pole vault


COLUMBUS — Colonel Crawford’s Callie Ruffener claimed seventh place in the Div. III girls pole vault competition on Friday at the OHSAA track and field championships.

The Lady Eagles junior cleared 10 feet, 6 inches to earn a place on the podium at Ohio State’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.

Ruffener was one of four athletes to clear 10 feet, 6 inches. Andrea Meyer of Fort Loramie placed sixth after recording fewer misses than Ruffener. Mackenzie Shepherd from Hardin Northern tied with Ruffener with each vaulter missing on four attempts. Emily Paden of Buckeye Trail also cleared the height, but finished out of podium contention.

Teammate Alex Carter, a senior, finished 12th in the pole vault. She topped out at 9 feet, 6 inches.

Ruffener was also part of the Colonel Crawford 4×100-relay squad that competed on Friday. The Lady Eagles team failed to reach the finals after posting a time of 52.53 seconds. Joining Ruffener on the team were junior Alyssa Spears and sophomores Sam Mutchler and Kristen Verhes.

Megan Lyons of Colonel Crawford placed 13th in the discus finals. Her two best attempts measured 109 feet. She also recorded a throw of 102 feet, 11 inches.

Eagles distance runners take center stage on Saturday. Senior Clay Martin is scheduled to run in both the 1,600 and 800 meter races. He won the regional championship in both events last weekend at Tiffin, running the races about 25 minutes apart.

Martin faces a similarly tight time frame at the state meet. The 1,600 is scheduled to begin at 10:05 a.m. and the 800 is scheduled for a 10:55 a.m. start. This is his third state meet appearance.

Freshman Chad Johnson was the regional runner-up in the 3,200-meter run and is scheduled to run in the finals at 11:25 a.m. on Saturday. Johnson gained big meet experience last fall as a member of the Eagles cross country team that advanced to the state championships.

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