Two local athletes set to compete in state indoor meet
By Chris Miles
The 2013 high school spring sports season is still a couple weeks from starting, but a pair of Madison County track and field athletes are going strong in their winter sport of choice.
London’s Kali Boyd and Madison-Plains’ Anne Brady both qualified for and will compete in the Division 2/3 Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches (OATCCC) state championship indoor meet this weekend at the University of Akron.
Both the junior Boyd and the senior Brady will compete in the triple jump competition, an event not contested during the spring high school outdoor season, but is part of the winter indoor season.
“For those who are unsure what the triple jump is,” Madison-Plains’ track and field coach Jim Miller said. “It consists of three different elements in one event. As (competitors) are running down the long jump runway they reach the 24-foot board where they will take a long hop, followed by a long step, then a jump into the sand.”
Boyd enters the meet as the eighth seed fresh off her runner-up finish at the Central District Indoor Track Championship Saturday at Otterbein University.
During the district meet Boyd finished with a total distance of 29 feet 07.75 inches. She has a season-best triple jump this winter of 30 feet 6.5 inches.
“She has been increasing her distances this season,” Miller said of Boyd. “Now that she knows how to do the triple jump, we expect her to continue to improve her distances for next year also.”
While Boyd came up just short of a season-best at the district, Brady registered her best jump of the season last weekend during the Central District meet at Otterbein.
Her distance of 28 feet 09 inches was good enough for fifth at that event and earned her a spot in the state championship meet.
She enters Saturday as the 15th seed in the Division 2/3 meet.
“She also has been improving each time that she has jumped,” Miller said.
The state championship indoor meet will be held Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at University of Akron’s Stile Athletics Field House.