H.S. track and field: Chittum, Sharp and Thress win regional championships

Fisher Catholic senior Noah Sharp cruised to the Division III regional championship in the 3,200 at Heath High School Friday night on May 26, 2003.

HEATH – Three area track and field athletes not only punch their ticket to next week’s state meet, but they did in style by taking home regional championships Friday night.

Fisher Catholic’s Noah Sharp won the 3,200 in Division III, and in Division I, Lancaster’s Colton Thress won the 800 and Bloom-Carroll’s Dylan Chittum took first place in the shot put.

Olentangy Liberty's Jaxson Eckert and Lancaster's Colton Thress lead the 800 during the Division I regional championships at Pickerington North on Friday, May 26, 2023. Thress won the race with a time of 1:51.78.

Sharp, who has had a fantastic season, cruised in his race at Heath High School. He finished at 9:21.09 and beat the second-place runner by 17 seconds.

“This year I haven’t paid attention to what the other guys in the race are doing,” Sharp said. “I’m focused on what my race is going to look like and just mentally preparing myself and kind of going over what I want to open up in, which is going not too fast and not too slow, just trying to be consistent each time around the track.

“I think one of the big keys for me is having a team that is willing to put in the work has been a huge factor. This year is different than a lot of years because I have guys that are pushing during workouts.”

As it turned out, Sharp was the lone local state qualifier Friday at Heath, as the top four in each event qualified.

The Irish’s Ruby Hagy finished fifth in the 800 (2:21.20), Nolan Garrabrant was fifth in the high jump (5-10), Jack Gentile placed sixth in the 800 (1:58.89), Jake Krooner was seventh in the 300 hurdles (43.21) and Abby Krooner placed eighth in the 100 hurdles (16.86).

Fairfield Christian Academy’s Alex Wilkinson finished fifth in the pole vault (9-00), Ben Hopple was fifth in the 110 hurdles (16.19) and John Grabans was 12th in the shot put (43-10.25).

Berne Union’s Justin Krile was ninth in the pole vault (11-02), and the Rockets’ 1,600 relay team consisting of Ray Davenport, Joe Shull, John Beigl and Hudson Schultz finished sixth (3:33.71).

At Pickerington North High School, Thress was able to finish strong with a time of 1:51.78. He was pleased with his time but thinks he can do better.

“This was a good stepping stone at the moment, but not what I wanted,” Thress said. “I know what to fix from this race to the next one at the state meet. My goal overall, is to get the school record no matter what I place at the state meet. I’m nine-tenths of a second off it.”

Bloom-Carroll's Dylan Chittum throws the shot put during the Division I regional championships at Pickerington North on Friday, May 26, 2023. Chittum won the event with a distance of 61-feet-3.75,

Chittum, who already won the discus, had a personal-best throw in the shot put of 61-feet-3.25.

“I was hoping to hit 61-62 today because I’ve been consistently hitting it in practice now, so it was great to see me hit one in this meet,” Chittum said. “Doing it at the Division I level makes it even better because I love the competition. It’s what drives me.”

Lancaster's Peyton Wilson, who had already qualified for the state in the shot put, placed fourth in the discus (121-11) on Friday to punch her ticket in two events at the state meet. Avery Westbrooks placed sixth (1:13.11).

Kaiden Lanoy placed seventh in the 3,200 (9:16.17) and Trevor Lanoy was ninth (9:22.09. Wes Taylor finished ninth in the 800 (1:55.14), Logen Justice was 11th in the high jump (6-00), and Zane Schorr placed 14th in the 1,600 (4:33.60).

Kurt Snyder contributed to this story.

Tom Wilson is a sports reporter for the Lancaster Eagle Gazette. Contact him at 740-689-5150 or via email at for comments or story tips. Follow him on Twitter @twil2323.

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