COLUMBUS — Certain things you just expect in spring. Like flowers blooming, grass growing and Hannah Bartlome finishing in the top three in the high jump at the Division II state track meet.
The Vermilion senior was runner-up Friday at Ohio State’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, tying New Richmond senior Hannah Hall with a height of 5 feet,
6 inches. Clyde sophomore Paula Wollenslegel won with a personal-record 5-8.
A four-time state qualifier in high jump, Bartlome was also second as a sophomore (5-4). She took third a year ago (5-3) a week after clearing 5-6 to win regionals.
“I’m super happy,” Bartlome said. “I wanted first place, but you can’t ask for much more when three girls clear 5-6. Five girls cleared 5-5. It’s the toughest competition I’ve probably ever been in.”
Wollenslegel, Bartlome and Hall all had no misses through 5-5. Bartlome and Hall cleared 5-6 on their second attempts. Wollenslegel cleared 5-6 on her first try, 5-7 on her second and 5-8 on her third attempt.
The winning height the last two years was 5-5.
“Today was the best series of jumping that I’ve ever seen Hannah do,” Vermilion coach Kristy Edmison said. “You just have to take your hat off to (Wollenslegel). She was just better, but that was by far the best series of jumps I’ve ever seen by Hannah. From beginning to end, even at 5-7, everything was there.”
Bartlome barely missed her second try at 5-7 and wasn’t too far off on her third.
“I would have gotten second anyway,” Bartlome said.
“I felt my body was way over the bar. I haven’t jumped at 5-7 in a very long time. You have to get your feet out the way, which I didn’t do. I kicked it off two times in a row.”
Bartlome jumped 5-4 at the Lexington regional to also finish second to Wollenslegel (5-6).
“I’m so happy that things came together just in the nick of time,” Bartlome said. “I was losing it there for awhile at conference and districts. I got right back at regionals and it seems like I haven’t missed a step.”
Bartlome finished third at the Midview district with a jump of 5-0. She jumped 5-2 in winning the West Shore Conference meet.
“Tougher competition brings out the best in me,” Bartlome said. “Out of the top five girls, three were from my regional. The region was a small sample of the state meet.”
It was Bartlome’s eighth All-Ohio (top eight) award in outdoor track.
She is the No. 1 seed for today’s long jump (18-3) set to start at 9 this morning and looks to have a good chance at winning. She is nearly nine inches better than Gnadenhutten Indian Valley senior Devin Bell (17-6¾) and Defiance freshman Ma’kayla Allen (17-6¼), the No. 2 and 3 seeds.
“Believe it or not, I’ve been thinking more about long jump than high jump,” Bartlome said. “This afternoon feels a bit strange because it’s the first time in my career than I’m not warming up for relays. Now I have a free day.”
Bartlome will be vying for the first Vermilion girls state title since Maureen Masin won Class AA high jump in 1975.
“I’m (long) jumping now like I should have been for my entire career,” Bartlome said. “I’m glad it finally turned around for me. I really like the takeoff board and pit at Ohio State, so that should work out, too.”
Her specially designed state T-shirt sums up her high school career, which comes to a close today. A one-word description was listed on the back of the shirt for each of the four years Bartlome qualified to state.
For freshman year the word is talent. For sophomore it’s dedication, junior is heart and senior year is legacy.
Seniors Jenna Quillen and Emily Peters of Keystone had two races each to try to get back to the finals in events they ran last year. Quillen finished fifth in the 300 hurdles last year and Peters was seventh in the 200. Only Quillen was successful, earning the No. 8 seed in the Division II 300-meter hurdles with a time of 46.92.
Earlier she finished 11th in the 100 hurdles (15.68).
“I don’t think I’ve ever been in an outside lane (No. 8) before,” Quillen said. “It’s very hard to get out when you’re already ahead of everybody. I like having a wider curve. I’d much rather start further back and play catch-up.”
Peters barely missed a berth in the finals as she finished 10th in the 200 meters with a personal-record 25.47. She finished 13th earlier in the 100 with a time of 12.62. Brookside junior Tyller Holley also ran the 100, placing 16th (12.72).
“It was my fastest time since regionals my sophomore year (25.59),” Peters said. “I knew it would be close and harder to make finals than last year. I got out pretty well. It felt pretty good. I felt pretty strong until the last 10 meters. I started to feel pretty tight so I had to push through that. Overall, it felt pretty good.”
Lutheran West freshman MaQuila Norman qualified ninth in the Division II girls 400 meters (58.19). Meadowdale senior Oksana Lawrence has the fastest qualifying time (55.06).
Prelims were not so kind to the Lutheran West boys in Division III as the Longhorns were eliminated in four races.
The 800-relay of junior Nicholas Knudsen, sophomore Hunter Ross, senior Joshua Sekola and senior Peter Koza was 10th (1:32.01), missing qualifying by 0.68 of a second. The same four were 11th in the 1,600 relay (3:28.53), mising qualifying by 1.41 seconds.