Danny Young, an Archbold senior, kept his 2012 record in the boys 300-meter hurdles event unblemished, Saturday, June 2, winning the event at the Division II state championship in Columbus.
In addition to winning the event in every meet during the regular season, he had won the Northwest Ohio Athletic League, district, and regional boys 300 hurdles titles during the post-season.
And now, a state championship.
Young ran the finals in 38 seconds flat, a personal record and school record. He improved his time from the preliminaries by almost a full second, when he finished in 38.95.
With his time he was named USA All-Elite.
His time was 95 one-hundredths (.95) of a second faster than second-place Isaiah Walls of Columbus Bishop Hartley.
It’s the second state championship for Young. In 2010, he was on the 4×200-meter relay team with Nate Hammersmith, Noah Keefer, and Desmond Sleigh that won the first boys relay state championship in AHS history.
He also has a number of state tournament medals. In 2011, he finished second in three events in Div. III: the 300 hurdles, the 4×200, and the 4×400.
In 2010, he was fourth in the D-III 300 hurdles and was on the 4×400 team that finished fifth.
He was also a state participant as a freshman.
He is Archbold High School’s first individual boys running event state champion. The only other individual AHS state track & field champion is Steve Schnitkey, ‘68, in the high jump.
“When I crossed the finish line I just thought I did it…I’m a state champ,” said Young. “I’ve achieved my goal.
“I was very confident going into the race, but not cocky, and I just wanted to run a personal record and let the rest take care of itself.
“Last year I finished runner up, and I felt that I had some unfinished business to take care of.
“My goal was to break my own school record and hopefully move up one notch to become a state champion. I was concerned with us moving up to D-II, but I always remembered my brother’s words of ‘trust your training and let everything else fall in place.’”
Danny’s brother, Donnie, AHS ‘02, was also a runner in high school who ran in the state meet.
“This championship is my favorite because it was all me,” said Young.
“I didn’t have to worry about anyone else running besides myself.
“I trained very hard for this over the summer and in the winter and put a lot of time into it.
“The 4×200 was special to me since it was my first state title and I was able to share it with my teammates.
“This means even more since it was my senior year and my individual event.”
Boys 4×400, 4×200
The boys 4×400 team of Levi Wyse, Hayden Stamm, Blake Drewes, and Young also made it to the podium, finishing fourth in three minutes, 23.46 seconds.
Dayton Dunbar won in 3:15.92, a new state meet Div. II record.
The boys 4×200 team of Jacob Ott, Hayden Stamm, Wyse, and Young finished 10th in the preliminaries; the top nine advanced to the finals.
Archbold finished ninth in team points with 15. Dayton Dunbar won the team title with 49.
The Archbold girls 4×400 team of Angelica Reyes, Kas- sidy Garrow, Tressa Parsley, and Jensyn Garrow made it to the podium in the Div. III tournament, finishing fourth in 4:02.14.
That broke the school record set in 1981 by Julie Bernath, Julie Smith, Beth Wyse, and Sheryl Lauber (Young’s mother).
Spencerville won in 3:57.25.
K. Garrow finished 12th in the 800-meter run in 2:22.8. Tiffin Calvert’s Olivia Smith won in 2:14.12.
The 4×800 team of Parsley, Mara Beck, Darian Oberlin, and K. Garrow finished 13th in 10:04.78. Toledo Christian won in 9:25.61.