Yang soars to pole vaulting repeat


By John Bombatch - jbombatch@aimmediamidwest.com



Beavercreek sophomore Eileen Chang clears the pole vault height of 12 feet, 4 inches to win defend her regional title, May 25, at the Division I regional track and field championships at Heidkamp Stadium in Huber Heights.

Beavercreek sophomore Eileen Chang clears the pole vault height of 12 feet, 4 inches to win defend her regional title, May 25, at the Division I regional track and field championships at Heidkamp Stadium in Huber Heights.


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Beavercreek’s Riley Buchholz (second from right) and Carroll’s Karl Grossman (12) both qualified for the Division I state championships by finishing second and fourth respectively in the boys 800-meter run finals, May 25, in Huber Heights.


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Beavercreek girls teammates and close friends Taylor Ewert (near) and Jody Pierce stand on either end of winner Samanth Bush, of Turpin, after the girls 3,200 meter run, May 25, at Heidkamp Stadium in Huber Heights. The three and Lakota East’s Carly Spletzer advanced to next week’s Division I state championships.


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After competing in Division II a year ago, Sam Janson became Carroll’s first track and field athlete to qualify for the Division I state championships with his fourth-place finish in the boys 400-meter run, May 25, in Huber Heights.


John Bombatch | Greene County News

HUBER HEIGHTS — The nerves were gone, and defending regional champ Eileen Yang of Beavercreek was flying at the Division I regional track and field championships at Wayne High School’s Heidkamp Stadium.

Yang admitted to a bout of over thinking her meets in previous weeks, but the Beavers sophomore seemed cool and collected as she won the Division I girls pole vaulting competition on May 25.

After winning the event with a 12-foot vault a year ago, Yang cleared 12-4 this time — with fewer misses than runner-up and fellow sophomore Riley Hunt — to repeat as title holder. As a result, she’ll be making her second trip to the state championships next weekend.

“Going to state last year really helped me, because I was able to better adapt to situations more,” Yang said, moments after stepping off the awards podium. “The last two weeks, I lost my head completely. I’m really happy today. I was focused, … I wasn’t freaking out … it was pretty good.”

Yang’s Beavercreek teammates claimed individual medals too.

Stephanie Pierce placed second in the girls 800-meter run to move on to state as did close friends and girls 3,200-meter running teammates Taylor Ewert and Jody Pierce (Stephanie’s younger sister) who finished second and third respectively in that event to advance.

Carroll made headlines, twice.

In its first season as a Division I program, having competed in D-II last season, boys track runners Sam Janson and Karl Grossman became the first two Carroll Patriots to earn spots in the Division I state championship track and field meet with their finishes on Friday.

Janson placed fourth in the boys 400-meter race to advance. After a spirited and friendly battle with Beavercreek’s Riley Buchholz, Grossman placed fourth in the 800 while Buchholz was second.

Earlier in the week, a pair of Bellbrook track and field athletes (Ayden Bullock in the boys discus and McKenna Kramer in the girls high jump) had earned their respective spots in the state championship, along with the Beavercreek girls 3,200-meter relay team of Pierce, Pierce, Ashtyn Gluck and Ewert.

Area schools also competed in the Division II and III regional championships as well this weekend. We’ll have a complete rundown of the area track and field athletes from all three regionals, and how they finished next week.

The state championships will take place Friday and Saturday, June 1-2, at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the Ohio State University campus in Columbus.

Beavercreek sophomore Eileen Chang clears the pole vault height of 12 feet, 4 inches to win defend her regional title, May 25, at the Division I regional track and field championships at Heidkamp Stadium in Huber Heights.
https://www.fairborndailyherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2018/05/web1_AileenYang_PS.jpgBeavercreek sophomore Eileen Chang clears the pole vault height of 12 feet, 4 inches to win defend her regional title, May 25, at the Division I regional track and field championships at Heidkamp Stadium in Huber Heights. John Bombatch | Greene County News

Beavercreek’s Riley Buchholz (second from right) and Carroll’s Karl Grossman (12) both qualified for the Division I state championships by finishing second and fourth respectively in the boys 800-meter run finals, May 25, in Huber Heights.
https://www.fairborndailyherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2018/05/web1_BuchholzGrossman_PS.jpgBeavercreek’s Riley Buchholz (second from right) and Carroll’s Karl Grossman (12) both qualified for the Division I state championships by finishing second and fourth respectively in the boys 800-meter run finals, May 25, in Huber Heights. John Bombatch | Greene County News

Beavercreek girls teammates and close friends Taylor Ewert (near) and Jody Pierce stand on either end of winner Samanth Bush, of Turpin, after the girls 3,200 meter run, May 25, at Heidkamp Stadium in Huber Heights. The three and Lakota East’s Carly Spletzer advanced to next week’s Division I state championships.
https://www.fairborndailyherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2018/05/web1_EwertJPierce_PS.jpgBeavercreek girls teammates and close friends Taylor Ewert (near) and Jody Pierce stand on either end of winner Samanth Bush, of Turpin, after the girls 3,200 meter run, May 25, at Heidkamp Stadium in Huber Heights. The three and Lakota East’s Carly Spletzer advanced to next week’s Division I state championships. John Bombatch | Greene County News

After competing in Division II a year ago, Sam Janson became Carroll’s first track and field athlete to qualify for the Division I state championships with his fourth-place finish in the boys 400-meter run, May 25, in Huber Heights.
https://www.fairborndailyherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2018/05/web1_SamJanson_PS.jpgAfter competing in Division II a year ago, Sam Janson became Carroll’s first track and field athlete to qualify for the Division I state championships with his fourth-place finish in the boys 400-meter run, May 25, in Huber Heights. John Bombatch | Greene County News

By John Bombatch

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Contact John Bombatch at 937-372-4444, Ext. 2123.

Contact John Bombatch at 937-372-4444, Ext. 2123.