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COLUMBUS — Maty Mauk was scheduled to leave for Missouri on Friday afternoon as he gets ready to start his collegiate football career at the University of Missouri.
Before he left, however, the outgoing Kenton High School football and track standout had some business to take care of in Columbus.
And he did that as for the second year in a row, the Wildcat ended his track season on the podium at the Division II state track meet. He finished sixth in the long jump competition with a leap of 21-2 3/4 on a rain-soaked, windy morning at Jesse Owens Stadium. Andrew Milhoan of Magnolia Sandy Valley finished first with a jump of 22-0.
Mauk, who has been hampered all spring by a lingering hamstring injury, had his farthest leap of the competition on his first jump of the finals.
Mauk made the finals with a jump of 21-0 1/2 on his first jump of the day as the rain started just as his flight got underway. That distance placed him seventh going into the finals.
“It was kind of like my sophomore year at regionals and it started down-pouring there right when they started jumping my flight,” Mauk said. “That was tough and we had to stop and come back and resume that.
“Coming into the finals I just took everything off of my leg to see how it feels,” added Mauk, who missed almost the entire season until the Western Buckeye League meet after pulling the hamstring during a meet at the end of March.
“I didn’t have a lot of confidence in it (his hamstring) but I still jumped 21 feet so I’m happy with that. That’s obviously not as far as I should be able to jump so that’s a little disappointing.”
Last year Mauk finished third in the event with a jump of 21-9.
Despite not being able to jump his best, Mauk said it was a great experience to end his prep career in Columbus.
“It feels really good just to know that everyone of these kids will be somewhere competing – a lot of them Division I it looks like – and just to know I was jumping with them was a privilege and to be out here at Ohio State in my last day here in Ohio was really something. … Unfortunately my hamstring wasn’t fully there yet, so I’ll be happy with sixth.”
Also on Friday, the Kenton 400 relay team of Terrill Webb, Audrey Miller, Brooke Bostelman and Kaily Whitaker qualified for Saturday’s finals, finishing third in their heat with a time of 50.62 seconds. The Lady Wildcats take the fifth fastest time into the finals.
Cincinnati Shroder, which was in the heat opposite of Kenton, had the fastest qualifying time in the prelims of 49.56 seconds.
Webb is scheduled to pole vault at 9 a.m. today, while the Lady Wildcats run in the 400 relay finals at 1:50 p.m.
Ben Logan’s Alex Thompson tied for 10th in the high jump after clearing 5-0. Alyson Lindic of Canal Fulton won the meet with a leap of 5-5.
Thompson easily made her first two jumps of the competition before failing to get over 5-2 in a heavy rain.
Times sports editor