COLUMBUS — Hannah Bartlome was the No. 1-ranked long jumper in Division II. She was trying to win Vermilion’s first state championship since 1975. She gave it everything she had.
She missed by the smallest of margins.
Bartlome nailed what appeared to be the winning jump Saturday, but it was ruled a foul — barely. She settled for second.
“I know on my last attempt that that was the winning jump right there. I could feel it,” Bartlome said. “I knew it was going to be close, but I didn’t think I fouled it. I looked back and saw the official reaching for a flag. I was hoping for a white one, but it was red.
“What can you do? The difference was probably the difference between a size-7 pair of shoes and size-8 pair of shoes. It was that close.”
Despite fouling on three of six jumps, Bartlome took home second place at 18 feet,
1 inch. Only Kenton Ridge freshman Jamari McDavid was better at 18-5¾.
Bartlome passed defending champ Ja’la Henderson (18-0¾), a Dayton Meadowdale junior, for the lead in the second round of the finals with her 18-1 jump. McDavid then passed Bartlome on the very next jump with 18-3.
The final round didn’t pass without drama. Bartlome appeared to jump about 18-7 when she was called for the decisive foul. McDavid followed with her best mark of 18-5¾.
“The last foul looked like it was just by the tip of her toe,” Vermilion coach Kristy Edmison said. “I was thinking, ‘please don’t raise the red, please don’t raise the red,’ but he did. I think that one was 18-7. That would have put her over for sure, but it is what it is. That’s what they called.”
Bartlome was coming off her second Division II state high jump runner-up Friday at 5-6. Bartlome also had a second place at the 2012 state meet as a member of the 400-meter relay.
“My first couple of jumps I was just trying to find the board,” Bartlome said. “I moved my steps back by about 4 feet from my original mark after the first two jumps. I had been stuttering. The (last two) that I fouled were definitely farther than what I jumped (18-1). I’m sure of that. I felt way farther on my last (foul) than my (18-1) jump. It was definitely upper-18s.”
“It’s an event of inches and millimeters,” Edmison said. “You have to be perfect.”
McDavid (17-8) and Bartlome (17-7¼) were in second and third behind Henderson after the prelims. McDavid went 17-10 in the first round of finals, the same round Bartlome had the second of her three fouls.
Bartlome won the Midview district with a meet-record 18-7¼. She had five marks over 18 feet (18-5½, 18-7¼, 18-4 and 18-6) that day. Bartlome won the Lexington regional with a mark of 18-3.
She broke the 18-foot barrier for the first time (18-1¼) to take second at the West Shore Conference meet.
“It’s my first year qualifying to state for long jump so second is pretty good,” Bartlome said. “If I had qualified here before for this event, I would be pretty upset. Two seconds in two days is pretty good.
“I’ll be high jumping and long jumping in college (for Ashland University) as a multievent athlete. It’ll get pretty good from here. I’ve always not (long) jumped to the best of my abilities. My dad said for as good as I am in high jump and for as fast as I am on the track that I should be a better long jumper. I’m really starting to see what he means. If you can keep your speed up, it’s limitless to how far you can jump.”
Her inexperience with long jump coincides with the fact she dedicated so much time to sprints and relays the last three years.
“I feel very happy about second because initially I thought I was only third,” Bartlome said. “I’m way more practiced in high jump. Long jump has always been my fourth event after high jump and the two relays (400- and 800-meter). I practice high jump about four days a week and long jump only one. Now it’s my second event and you can see the result. It makes me wonder that if I had put more time and effort into it whether I could have been here every year for long jump.”
Bartlome is a nine-time Division II All-Ohio track and field athlete. She was also a 2013 indoor state high jump champ.
The Vermilion senior applied to be a member of the Ohio senior all-star team for Saturday’s Midwest Meet of Champions in Indiana. Roster information is expected to be announced by Monday.
“She had a great day, a great career,” Edmison said. “Her senior year, her last meet, she taking two second places for the state meet. You can say this and that with different things, but I’d take it in a heartbeat. Most of the people around her would take that. The only ones that wouldn’t were the ones that finished ahead of her. It was a great, great way to finish her career with her effort today without a doubt.”
Quillen is All-Ohio twice for Keystone
Keystone senior Jenna Quillen also had a stellar day. She earned All-Ohio (top eight) for both of her events.
Quillen equaled last year’s fifth-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles in a season-best 45.44. She was seventh in long jump with a career-record 17-1¾.
Quillen overcame obstacles in both events. She was seeded only No. 8 in the 300 hurdles (46.92), but well outperformed her seeding.
“I messed up a bit in the hurdles,” she said. “I went over the second hurdle with the wrong lead leg (her right leg). You can’t always be perfect. You just have to go after it.”
Quillen was in ninth place (16-8½) heading into the third and final jump in the finals of long jump. She had fouled her first two attempts, then uncorked the personal record that broke her best by 1½ inches.
“I just kept pushing my starting point back,” Quillen said. “I first pushed it back an inch for my second jump in finals, then I pushed back another two for my last.”
The state tournament was only Quillen’s fourth career meet for long jump. She is believed to be Keystone’s first three-time All-Ohio track athlete since Ed Brennan (1970-71). Brennan was a member of the 1970 Class A state champion mile relay, plus was third in the 220- and 100-yard dashes in 1971.
Lutheran West junior Johanna Ragland was sixth for Division II girls shot put with 39-7. Garrettsville Garfield junior Edie Snovanec took first with 45-6¾. It made up for Ragland’s tough day Friday when she fouled all three discus attempts in prelims and fouled out.
“I did what I had to,” Ragland said. “I really had to relax and let it all happen. I did better today.”
Elyria Catholic sophomore Ted Achladis finished seventh in Division II discus with a toss of 158-7. He entered the state meet as the No. 9 seed (157-6). Unioto junior Trevor Detilion won it with a throw of 181-0.
“Things went well. I didn’t feel too stressed,” Achladis said. “My form could have been a little better. My throwing arm was too far forward when I was beginning my spin.
“The goal for next year is to make it to state in both throwing events and to try to get that school record for discus (160-8). The school shot put record is in the 55-foot range. My best is 47-6. My goal is to get my shot throws up to the 50-foot range.”
Lutheran West freshman MaQuila Norman was ninth in the Division II girls 400 (58.95). Meadowdale senior Oksana Lawrence won the event (53.98) by more than two seconds.
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