By TED RADICK
COLUMBUS — Four years ago, Van Buren’s Rachell Resnik set a goal.
On Saturday, she achieved it.
Resnik placed eighth in the Division III 800-meter run at the OHSAA Track and Field Championships, earning a spot on the awards stand.
“Ever since I was a freshman, I’ve dreamed about getting on the podium,” she said. “Today, I’m so happy I made it happen. I also got an all-time PR.”
Resnik, who ran in the 800 final last year but placed 10th and failed to medal, ran a school-record 2:18.33 this year — breaking her own mark of 2:19.20.
The senior was a tad excited after the race.
“I really can’t describe it. This is one of the best moments of my life so far,” she said. “It feels so awesome. I am beyond happy. This won’t wear off for months.”
Resnik will continue her track and cross country careers at Ohio Wesleyan University and sees Saturday’s finish as the perfect jumping-off point.
“This is going to roll right into my college season next fall,” she said. “I’m just feeling awesome right now.”
Meanwhile, a trio of seniors also finished their prep career with podium positions.
Continental’s Paige Ordway medaled in the 300 low hurdles with a seventh-place finish in 45.33. After struggling early on in Friday’s preliminary race, Ordway ran strong in the final.
“I can honestly say I ran a lot better,” she said. “There was a lot of good competition this year, and I still PR’ed with my seventh place.”
Ordway was fifth in last year’s race, and despite dropping two spots ran more than half a second faster than in 2013.
“I knew today was my last race,” she said. “I was nervous, but I told myself that I got down here and that was a good accomplishment.
“It was a lot smoother today. Yesterday, I was really nervous. I was shaking in my blocks, and after I came out I stumbled over my first two hurdles. Today, I was still nervous but I controlled my nerves a little bit better.”
Columbus Grove senior Julia Wynn medaled twice as the Bulldogs’ 800 relay was sixth (1:44.11) and the 400 relay seventh (49.84).
“I was proud of our performances,” she said. “I don’t think we expected to get sixth in the 4-by-2 and seventh in the 4-by-1. Our 4-by-1 is normally our stronger relay.”
Columbus Grove scored 12 points and tied for 18th place as a team, the best among area girls squads. Arlington (10 points) tied for 22nd; McComb (6) tied for 34th; Leipsic and Continental (4) tied for 43rd; Riverdale (3) tied for 51st; and Van Buren (1) tied for 60th.
Wynn ran with Raiya Flores, Kristin Wynn and Sydney McCluer in the 800 relay, and Flores, McCluer and Linnea Stephens in the 400 relay.
“Unfortunately Sydney wasn’t in the hurdles this morning, but I think that kind of helped us,” Wynn said. “We had more legs.”
“State’s always hard because you have to run two days in a row. You have to run back to back, and you don’t normally do that. We PR’ed in the 4-by-2, so that was great.”
Riverdale’s Sarah Hunter also made the most of her last high school race. Hunter, at the state meet for the first time, was sixth (58.22) in the 400.
OTHER AREA FINISHES
800 — 9, Hannah Roebke (Cory-Rawson) 2:19.13. 200 — 9, Brittney Archer (Ada) 26.31. 3,200 — 16, Breana Hovest (Pandora-Gilboa) 12:22.73.
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