WESTERVILLE—Independence’s track & field team closed out the 2021 season in style at the OHSAA Division III state meet at Westerville North High School on Saturday.
Five different Blue Devils earned All-Ohio honors by finishing among the top eight in their respective events.
Junior Emmett Stralka earned three medals as he finished sixth in the 100-meter dash, third in the 200, and he ran a leg in the 4×200-meter relay, which placed third.
Stralka ran a time of 11.38 in the 100 and 22.68 in the 200. He teamed up with juniors Jack Taliaferro and Kyle Zygmunt, and senior Josh Belitz to run the 4×200 in a new school record time of 1:30.85.
Zygmunt also placed in the 400 as he finished sixth in 49.87, a new personal record.
Freshman Casey Adams earned a spot on the podium in the long jump. She finished eighth with a best leap of 16-feet, 5 ½-inches.
Senior Madison Stepanik closed out her career with a 15th-place finish in the shot put. Her best throw was 33-feet, 7-inches.
Independence’s boys’ team tied for 10th with 18 points.