Four Independence athletes earned All-Ohio honors on Friday during the first day of action at the 2021 Division III OHSAA state track and field championships.
Jack Taliaferro, Kyle Zygmunt, Emmett Stralka, and Josh Belitz teamed up to finish fifth in the 100-meter preliminaries and will run in the finals round on Saturday to determine their place on the podium.
The Blue Devils finished in 1:31.33 to break their own school record.
Stralka earned All-Ohio honors in two other events as he finished fifth in the 100-meter prelims with a time of 11.17 and sixth in the 200 in 22.79. Zygmunt is a two-time All-Ohioan after he advanced to Saturday’s finals in the 400-meter dash. His time of 50.71 was the sixth-best preliminary time.
Casey Adams and Madison Stepanik get their shot at All-Ohio honors on Saturday morning.
Adams will compete in the long jump while Stepanik will throw the shots.