Frimpong finishes fourth in long jump
Canfield teammate Natasha Kissim was fourth in discus.
By JOE SCALZO
VINDICATOR SPORTS STAFF
COLUMBUS -- Canfield High freshman Audra Frimpong wasn't sure what to expect entering Friday's state track and field meet at Jesse Owens Stadium, but she did know one thing.
"I was really nervous," she said. "There are a lot of good jumpers here and I just wanted to do my best."
She did, leaping 18 feet, 71/4 inches to place fourth in the long jump -- the only non-senior in the top five.
"After the first jump, I wasn't nervous anymore," she said. "I was happy with how I did. Hopefully I can make it here the next three years."
Her teammate, junior Natasha Kassim, placed fourth in the discus after finishing third in the event at the regional meet.
"It was a really good experience," said Kassim, making her first trip to Columbus. "It would have been better to get a higher place, but I was really nervous. I really only had one good throw.
"At the beginning of the year, I never dreamed I would make it here. It's been really nice."
Poland's 4x800-meter relay broke its school record, running 9 minutes, 34 seconds to finish third in Friday's only Division II final.
"We're definitely happy with that," senior Colleen Moran said. "We finally broke the school record and that's why it's so great.
"The girls who had it before were so amazing. To be compared with them is such a compliment."
Warren JFK's 4x800 relay placed fourth, despite entering the meet with the 11th-best qualifying time.
"We came in here in 11th place and came out in fourth," senior Lauren Broadbent said. "We're pretty happy with the result."
The Eagles are known for being a good school for sprinters -- "We all had our sprinter's spikes on for this race," said junior Jenn Natale -- but that reputation may start to change.
"We're the only long distance runners on the team and we always have the toughest workouts," sophomore Michelle Chaves said. "I always wish we were with the sprinters."
Maplewood senior Jen Grayson placed fourth in the high jump after clearing 5-5, but missing on her three attempts at 5-6. Grayson won a state title last year with a jump of 5-6.
Mathews senior Tara Ford finished tied for eighth in the event.