Dreyling State Champ, Stidham 5th


Two Reading athletes competed in the state track & field championships Friday morning and both ended up on the podium.  Junior Justin Dreyling went through the regular season undefeated in the long jump. He flirted with the school record.  Earlier in the season he jump 22'10.5, 1 inch off the record and for most of the season his jump was the best Division II effort in Ohio.  He continued his undefeated streak in post season winning the district & regional meets for the 2nd year in a row.  Dreyling was the 2nd seeded jumper coming into the state meet.  He made the finals sitting in 5th place.  He drop to 6th before his last jump.  That is when Dreyling went 23' 3/4 " to win the state title.  Last year he was 4th at state.  He not only won the state championship but broke the school record that has stood since 1977.  He is also only the 2nd Reading track & field athlete to be a state champ and the first since 1946!  Senior teammate Nate Stidham broke both the school discus and shot put records this season. He was undefeated in both events through the district meet.  After a 2nd place finish at the regional last week,  Stidham qualified for the state meet in the shot put.  A solid effort gave him a 5th place on the podium.  He once again broke his own school record with a 54' 6.5 effort.  Making his first trip to state, junior Mykal Bright of Indian Hill finished 12th in the long jump (20'10).  Running prelims will be Friday afternoon.