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COLUMBUS -- Azsah Bradley's first trip to state ended with two journeys to the medal stand. The Ravenna sophomore placed sixth in the 100-meter dash and eighth in the 200-meter dash Saturday.
Crestwood senior Aaron Cox made his own trip to the medal stand Saturday as he finished eighth in the boys discus. He was superbly consistent, with four throws over 147 feet, including two above 150 feet. The first of those, at 150-01, was enough to land him a spot in the finals. Streetsboro's Milton Wilson and Ravenna's Jacob Walker also competed in the Division II state discus title, placing 10th and 14th, respectively. The Rockets senior came four inches shy of a spot in the final nine.
Woodridge's Fleming sisters, Nicole and Natalie, ended their remarkable careers in style. The pair helped the Bulldogs to the lead halfway through the 4x800 relay, with Woodridge ultimately finishing fourth.
"It was definitely my best split overall, my personal record," Nicole Fleming said. "It was a lot of fun. It was hot, so it felt a little faster than it was, but it was a lot of fun."
Fleming then contended from the start in the 1,600-meter run, making a trip to the medal stand a near certainty. Sure enough, she placed sixth with a time of 5:05.79.
"(Woodridge running) has been one of the best experiences of my life for sure," Fleming said. "Being on such great teams has been an unforgettable experience."
Fellow Bulldogs senior Jacob Mally turned in a terrific performance in the boys 110-meter hurdles, placing second, .04 of a second out of first place. Max Starvaggi, yet another Woodridge senior, also placed second, with his 1:54.68 in the 800, .22 seconds out of first. Ryan Palm, again a Bulldogs senior, also made the medal stand, with his sixth-place finish in the 3,200-meter run.
Aurora's Leah Angelo flashed potential in the girls high jump. Excited to reach five feet a year ago, the sophomore demonstrated the clutch gene Saturday, hitting both 5-02 and 5-04 on her third and final try.
"She had to make it interesting for us, but she did great and we're very proud of her," Greenmen coach Ricky Buoncore said. "She's worked really hard this year and improved a lot."
Southeast senior Emily Gellatly joined in the parade of top-eight finishes, securing seventh in the seated 100-meter dash and sixth in the seated 400-meter dash. Meanwhile, McClain senior Kaylee Hurley broke former Pirates star Jenna Fesemyer's state meet records in the seated 400-meter dash and 800-meter run. Hurley also threatened Fesemyer's record in the seated 100-meter dash, but Fesemyer's mark held by .13 of a second. Fesemyer also continues to hold the record in the seated shot put.