6 Jills, 2 Jacks headed to state track meet
The Oakwood High School Track Team will be sending two relay teams and four individual runners to the 2008 Ohio State High School State Track meet June 6-7 at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.
Freshman Kelsey McDonald placed second in the 400m run.
At the regional meet at Welcome Stadium on Thursday, the girls 4x800 relay team of Julia Sizek, Kelsey McDonald, Ericha Griep, and Lucy Shafer were the first to qualify with a second place finish. On Saturday the strong performances continued. Junior Julia Sizek led the girls with a first place finish in the 3200m run. Freshman Kelsey McDonald put on a burst of speed in the last fifty meters to cross the line second in the 400m run. Sophomore Lucy Schafer closed two places in the final hundred meters to finish third in the 800m run. All three will participate in their respective individual events at the state meet. Also qualifying for the state meet was the fourth place finishing 4x400m relay team of Lucy Shafer, Ericha Griep, Haley Basnett and Kelsey McDonald.
Other individuals scoring at the regional meet for the Jills were Ericha Griep in the 1600m run and Elizabeth Connelly in the 3200m run, both with fifth place finishes. The Jills were third in the overall team standing.
For the Jacks, sophomore Peter Hix outdistanced the field on the last lap for a first place finish in the 1600m run securing a spot at the state meet. Senior Jake Mays finished fifth in the discus throw with a toss of 148´-9”.
Sophomore Peter Hix pace4d first in the 1600m run.
Tully enjoying 7 winning seasons coaching at UIC
Oakwood High School ’91 alumna Shannon Tully is enjoying having completed her seventh season as women’s head tennis coach for the UIC Flames at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She and her team have held the door shut with 103 straight wins in the 10-school Horizon League Conference, a record started and kept since 1996. Their last and latest victory was knocking off the Butler Bulldogs 4-3 for their 12th consecutive Horizon League Championship, giving them a 16-5 record for the season overall.
Tully has been a lifelong tennis player and placed second at state her senior year at OHS. She played on the women’s tennis team at the University of Wisconsin, a Big Ten team, and netted Sportswoman of the Year for her efforts. She came back to Dayton with a degree in elementary education and began teaching for two years at Miami Valley School.
Repeated visits to see her brother in Chicago put the fix in for staying up in the Windy City. An interview with the UIC Sports Department and she got herself a berth coaching the UIC Flames women’s tennis team – a career she finds very fulfilling – as her team keeps winning. “We just want to beat Wright State,” she quipped.
Oakwood trio qualifies for Taekwando National
Eight students from the Asian Arts Center (AAC) in Kettering, Ohio, attended the AAU Taekwondo State Championship in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday, May 28. The AAC students ranging in age from 7-57 had an excellent showing earning 12 medals.
Eight-year-old black belt Casey, a second grade student at Harman Elementary won a gold medal in sparring and silver medal in forms.
Cameron, a 7 year old, first grade student at Harmon Elementary won a silver medal in sparring and a bronze in forms.
Landon Gray, a junior at Oakwood High School, won a gold medal in forms and a silver medal in sparring.
All three students qualify to compete in the National Championship to be held in Madison, Wisconsin June 30-July 5.
OHS Spring Sports Awards 2008