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Going into the final event of the Division II State Track & Field Championships, Indian Hill had a 5 point lead over 2nd place.  At that point, they had clinched the state championship, but the Braves put some "icing on the cake" as they won the 4 x 400 Relay in a state record time of 3:49.30.  Indian Hill ended up with 43 points, 15 better than 2nd place Oakwood & Akron SVSM.  Senior Anna Podojil had an outstanding final meet of her high school career.  She made the podium in all four of her events, two of them as state champ.  Anna won the 400 Dash with a time of 53.67, just missing the state record.  She won by almost 3 seconds over 2nd place.   Podojil anchored the state record 4 x 400 team.  The other members of that team were sophomore Meghan O'Brien, junior Ellie Podojil, & freshman Elizabeth Whaley.  Anna also had a 7th place finish in the 100 Dash (12.29) & 3rd place finish in the 200 Dash (24.73).  Whaley made it to the podium in three of her four races.  Besides the 6th place finish in the 4 X 800 Relay and the 4 x 400, she was 4th in the 1600 Run with a school record 5:03.31.  Ellie Podojil was 3rd in the 300 Hurdles in 43.55.
Congratulations to Coach Sue Savage and the Lady Braves on a fantastic season!

We will have more information on the state track & field meet later Saturday.


After having a disappointing day Friday in the High Jump, senior Marin Valentine of Mariemont more than made up for it.  She won the Division II 800 Run with a school record time of 2:13.12.  She is the first Warrior girl to win a state track & field championship in 38 years.  The only other time a female was state champion was Missy Casteller Fields in 1981 in the 100 Low Hurdles.  Congratulations to Marin on great season and a great track & field career!

Mariemont boys got behind and could not make it up as they fell to Chagrin Falls 10-4 in the Division II State Lacrosse Championship.  The Warriors finished a great season 20-4.  Congratulations to Coach Steve Peterson and the Warrior Lacrosse team.

There are two other track & field stories.  Here are the athletes from Saturday that are not mentioned in those other stories. 

Here are Friday results:
Division II Girls
In the one running final, Indian Hill was 6th place in the 4 x 800 Relay in a school record time of 9:29.59.  Members were Meghan O'Brien, Claudia Hollander, Amy Prugh, & Elizabeth Whaley.
Indian Hill athletes qualified for the finals in five events.  Anna Podojil qualified in four events.  Podojil will run in the finals in 100 Dash (12.29), 400 Dash (55.55), & 200 Dash (24.70).  She is seeded 1st in the 400, 2nd in the 200, & 7th in 100.  The difference between 1st & 7th is .3 second.  Podojil is also on the 1st seeded 4 x 400 Relay (3:57.88).  Other members are Meghan O'Brien, Ellie Podojil, & Elizabeth Whaley.  Ellie also will be in the 300 Hurdle finals.  Her time of 44.63 is seeded 2nd.  Louisa Klaserner (Indian Hill) did not make the finals in the 100 Hurdles (16.13).  Not making a podium finish in High Jump was Marin Valentine of Mariemont.
Division III 
The only D3 athlete was sophomore Yvonne Colson of Madeira. Colson was in the discus.  Her best throw was 122'8, not making the podium.

Division II Boys
In the 4 x 800 Relay finals, Madeira was 8th with a school record time of 8:05.14.  Members were Dylan Whitson, Diego Arredondo, Ben Cunningham, & Ben Ramos.  Indian Hill had time of 8:13.84. Members were Ben Bayless, Tommy Tauer, Nolan Heffernan, & Alex Galbraith.
Jonah Dill of Mariemont qualified for the finals in the 300 Hurdles.  Dill is the 4th seed with only .8 second the difference between 1st & 4th.  He did not qualified for the finals in the 110 Hurdles (15.56).

Saturday Results Division II Girls
In the 1600 Run, Tiffany Chen of Wyoming was 12th with a time of 5:17.93
In the 800 Run, Elizabeth Whaley was 10th in 2:20.53
Division II Boys
Two Indian Hill runners had podium finishes.  Senior Ben Bayless  ended a great running career in 5th place in the 3200 Run.  His time was 9:40.11.  Junior Alex Galbraith was 7th in the 800 Run in a school record 1:56.64.
Luke Henke of Wyoming cleared the opening height of 6' in the High Jump and placed 17th.  Jonah Dill of Mariemont just missed the podium with a 9th place in the 300 Hurdles (39.64).  Jack Schwartz of Wyoming had a time of 4:36.01 in the 1600 Run.  Diego Arredondo of Madeira had a season best of 2:00.77 in the 800 Run.
  Congratulations to these athlete on a great season that ended at the state championships!

Saturday is the final day of 2018-2019 high school sports in Ohio.  Our league enters this day with two possible state team titles and several possible individual/relay titles.

Mariemont boys' lacrosse is looking for its 2nd state title in 3 years as they take on Chagrin Falls in the D2 championship at 1:00 today at Ohio Wesleyan University.  If that name sound familiar to you, Chagrin Falls is the team that Indian Hill girls beat for the 2017 state title.

A few miles south of the D2 lacrosse championship will be the state track & field championships.  Indian Hill girls qualified for the finals in five events.  In four of those events, they are seeded 1st or 2nd.  Add on the distance events and the Braves will be in a total of seven events in the finals today starting at 1:00 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.  Madeira, Mariemont, & Wyoming will also have athletes competing in the Division II finals.

All league are now posted in baseball, softball, boy's tennis, & track & field.

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