Senior Marcquez Johnson finished third in the Division II long jump at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Johnson went 22-5.25 on his first attempt and that held up for the third spot.
He placed after St. Clairville junior Jordan Vincent at 22-11.75 and Norwayne junior Brevin Harris 22-5.50.
“Honestly, it just feels good to do it for my community and my teammates,” Johnson said. “This what they really wanted me to today, just come out and have fun.”
When asked if he felt ready coming in, Johnson said that he wasn’t quite 100 percent.
“My hips are a little sore, but other than that, I was feeling fine,” he said. “I got that big jump on my first jump in prelims. Then after I got beat in the second jump of finals, I had kept trying to get 22 again, and just kept getting a bunch of 21s. I’ve improved a lot since last year. My coach (Edison graduate) Brady Gelvin has been great. I’m excited about what I did.”
In addition, the Chargers advanced both running preliminaries into today’s finals.
Bryce Ostheimer qualified in the 300 hurdles, then joined seniors Dan Stoll, Clay Goodwin and Tyler Scott in the 1600 relay team, which also advanced.
Ostheimer ran a 39.62 and ranks seventh heading into today’s finals. The girls’ 300 hurdles final is slated for 2:15 p.m., followed by the boys.
“It was tiring, but it feels pretty good,” Ostheimer said. “It feels so good, just to finally get here, then get to finals. I couldn’t have done it without my teammates in the 4x400, you gotta love them. They came through big today. My teammates did a great job getting good position. That last lap, I just kept thinking, ‘don’t get passed.’ We got a new PR, so we’ll get ready again and get after it again.”
The Edison relay team is ranked fifth entering today's final as the quartet ran a 3:23.29 Friday.
The 1600 girls relay final is scheduled for 3:15 p.m., followed by the boys.
St. Clairville junior Malachi Mellema has the top time at 38.14.
Eastmoor Academy has the fastest time at 3:21.11.