By Joe Scalzo
Just when McDonald sophomore Jai’Lyn Mosley was going in the tank, she found something left in her tank.
After entering Friday’s Division III discus competition with the division’s best qualifying throw — and the second-best throw in any division — Mosley found herself in eighth place just before her final attempt of the finals.
“I can honestly say I went into shutdown mode,” said Mosley. “I just had to believe in myself more, go in the ring and do what I know how to do.”
After fouling her previous three throws, Mosley put together a solid (if not quite state-winning) throw of 135 feet, 10 inches to place second.
Bainbridge sophomore Taylor Baker was first with a 138-0 — 111/2 feet behind Mosley’s regional-winning throw
“It [the final throw] just came out and I was like, ‘OK, I finally have something I can take and actually keep,’” said Mosley, whose sister Joh’Vonnie, set the school record in the event with a throw of 151-4 to win the state title two years ago. “My friends and family were there, motivating me to keep my head up and just push through.”
Columbiana sophomore Addie Dunlap placed fourth and McDonald sophomore Tory Ross was fifth.
When asked what she and Mosley are capable of, Ross said, “Honestly, the sky’s the limit. I know I love it and I know she loves it. I know both of our goals are [to break] the school record. I’m willing to put in the time and the effort [to do it].”
McDonald freshman Zack Conley earned a surprising silver in the high jump, matching his career-best with a leap of 6-2 on a rainy, chilly day at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
“On my first attempt [at 6-2], I had slipped and fell, so on my second attempt I knew I had to get back up on the horse and do something great here,” Conley said. “This is a big confidence boost for me. I have three more years to come back and try to do this again.”
Maplewood’s boys 4x800 relay earned the Valley’s other silver medal, running a 7:59.70 to finish four seconds behind Gahanna Columbus Academy.
Rocket senior Wyatt Hartman got the baton trailing by about 15 meters and was never able to close the gap on GCA senior Jon Hilsheimer.
“I knew he had a lot of speed,” Hartman said of Hilsheimer. “I tried to catch him but we seem to be a similar speed.
“You think you have a strategy going into a race but you get into the race and everything changes.”
Still, Hartman said he was happy with his team’s finish.
“These guys gave it their all today,” he said. “Everyone ran great and everyone did their part.”