COLUMBUS — Things were moving along fine for Hannah Bartlome in the Division II state track meet Friday. The favorite in the high jump had zero misses through the first three heights — 5-foot, 5-2 and 5-3.
From there, however, things came to a screeching halt.
Three misses at 5-4 ended the Vermilion junior’s bid to become the school’s first state track and field champion since Maureen Masin won high jump in 1975. Bartlome finished third at 5-3 behind Celina junior Michaela Wenning (5-5) and Cincinnati Indian Hills senior Christine Canning (5-4).
“I’m a little disappointed,” said Bartlome, a three-time state qualifier. “You can’t complain about third place, but I was aiming much higher.
“My approach got messed up at 5-4. I think I changed it every time. I was taking off too close to the bar, so then I started a step back, but then I was reaching for the bar. I moved it up again, but then I was too close. Everything I did I canceled out but what I did for my actual approach. I skimmed the bar at 5-3. I couldn’t skim the bar at
5-4 so I tried to work with my steps, but I probably shouldn’t have changed it up.”
Bartlome, who was second (5-4) at last year’s state meet to Canal Fulton Northwest’s Alyson Lindic (5-5), had the
No. 1 regional jump at 5-6 of the 16 state qualifiers. Wenning was tied for the No. 2 seed (5-4) and Canning was seeded fifth (5-3).
“Today was not the day for fine-tuning,” Bartlome said. “It was the day to get your approach squared away. My approach was not squared away. After my first miss at 5-4, I was getting nervous about jumping again. You can’t get nervous. You have to jump as best as you can.
“I’m kind of used to running around between events. When I sit there and watch high jump, I pace back and forth. It’s really nerve-racking watching it. I was kind of hoping it would start to rain like last year because it throws some of the other girls off. There were only three girls here today that qualified last year.”
Neither Wenning nor Canning qualified to state last year, but Bartlome defeated Wenning for the Division II-III state indoor title in March.
“It was kind of chilly,” Bartlome said. “Maybe warmer would have been nice, too, but you can’t do anything about the weather. I wanted to win.
“I don’t know where they came from, but props to them for getting first and second. I got one more year to make the most of it.”
Wenning and Canning were clean at 5-0, 5-2, 5-3 and 5-4. They both had three misses at 5-5 before Wenning won in a jump-off at the same height after Canning missed. Wenning’s winning mark equaled her season best.
“It was a Catch-22,” Vermilion coach Kristy Edmison said. “Do you want to be fresh or do you want to continue the experience of what you’ve been doing all year? Actually, Hannah does better when she’s constantly moving (between events). It calms her a bit.
“This is going to keep her hungry. She’s still going to want that gold. Hopefully, it’ll drive her through the summer and indoor season.”
Bartlome had a good May. She won the Bedford regional at 5-6, making 5-5 and 5-6 on her first attempts. Bartlome also won the West Shore meet at 5-5 and had a season-best 5-7 on April 26 at the Brookside Invitational.
Friday, however, just wasn’t her day.
“They stepped it up and I didn’t,” Bartlome said.
The Vermilion 800-meter relay of junior Abbey Bodeker, senior AuBree LaForce, junior Mallory Morris and Bartlome earned the No. 6 seed (1:44.67) after Friday’s semifinals. Defending champ Columbus Eastmoor Academy is the top seed (1:42.16).
“A couple of the exchanges (the first two) ran up on the girls,” Edmison said. “I think at finals we’ll have a little bit more adrenaline going. They’ll get out more and it’ll (the exchange) be cleaner.”
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