Lions 4×800 relay earns podium spot at state’s top meet

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CCM/Carol McIntire Hannah Ison, Hera Hoffee, Annabelle Crissman and Kayla Crissman earn a podium spot at the State meet for 4x800 relay.

By Carol McIntire
Minerva’s 4×800 girls relay team shined at the Ohio State Athletic Association (OHSAA) track and field championships last weekend in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
The team of senior Hera Hoffee and sophomore Hannah Ison, Annabelle Crissman and Kayla Crissman turned in a time of 9:32.07, good enough for eighth place and a spot on the podium.
Waynedale won the championship with a time of 9:17.62 in the field of 18 teams.
Salem, a member of the Eastern Buckeye Conference with the Lions, just missed a spot on the podium, placing ninth in 9:32.73.
“I am so proud of the 4×800 team,” commented Coach Olivia Scott. “They broke the school record again by two seconds. Each girl ran their hearts out and Kayla Crissman gave everything she had in the final stretch to make the podium.”
Speaking about the lone senior on the relay team, Scott noted it was Hera Hoffee’s third trip to the state’s top meet.
“Her sophomore year, the 4×800 team finished in last place.  The next two years she helped them reach the podium twice.
The highly decorated Lion distance runner also competed in the 3200M Saturday.
She placed 15th with a time of 11:50.03.
“Unfortunately, in the 3200 she had a bad day,” said Scott. “The heat got to her and she was unable to perform like we had projected. The week prior at regionals she broke our school record, running 11:08 and finished as regional runner up. While yesterday was a heart breaking finish for her, she will go out as one of the best distance runners in Minerva history. She will be heading to Xavier University in the fall to run cross country and track.”
The Lions boy’s 4×800 relay team finished in the 18th slot with a time of 8:34.13. The team consisted of freshman Rowen Hoffee, junior Mason Steele, sophomore Ryan Cassidy and sophomore Grasyn Rettig. Marlington, also a member of the EBC, won the event with a time of 7:50.98.
Individually for the Lions, senior Cleo Mueller just missed the podium with a ninth place finish in the long jump with a leap of 17-4.75. Rowen Hoffee placed 13th in the 1,600 (4:33.24), senior Garret Ault finished 18th in the 300M hurdles (42.13), Kayla Crissman 17th in the 1,600M (5:24.91), and Ison 18th (12:13.38) in the 3,200M.
“I’m so glad Cleo was able to end her career at the state meet. She is such a talented young lady. We are going to miss her,” Scott noted.

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