Carroll’s Laughlin wins state track title


By John Bombatch - jbombatch@civitasmedia.com



Senior Mike Laughlin (right) begins to pull away from the field during the Division II 3,200-meter state final, June 3 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.


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Laughlin crosses the finish line to win the Division II boys 3,200-meter final, June 3 at the state track & field championships at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.


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Senior thrower Jacob Rieman lets loose with a throw during the Division II boys discus final, June 3 in Columbus. Rieman was one of several Carroll High School athletes to earn All-Ohio honors at the state track and field championships.


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Carroll High School track coach Mike Triola gives Mike Laughlin a big hug after Laughlin won the D-II boys 3,200-meter state championship, June 3 in Columbus.


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COLUMBUS — Mike Laughlin’s state championship winning performance in the Division II boys 3,200 run on June 3 punctuated an historical weekend for the Carroll High School track and field program at the famed Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the Ohio State University campus.

“I can’t believe it. I mean, if you would have told me I was going to win this race a year ago, I would’ve just laughed,” Laughlin said. “It’s unbelievable.”

Not only did Laughlin win the state title, but Carroll’s boys team turned in their best team finish in school history, finishing ninth out of 72 scoring teams.

Laughlin, who won the Division II-III state indoor 3,200-meter title back in March, stayed within the pack for the first four laps of Saturday’s two-mile outdoor race. But he began to make his move to the front at the start of the second mile.

“I was planning on just relaxing as much as possible in that first mile, then I was gonna hammer home that last mile, especially those last couple laps. That was the plan all week,” he said. “I had to go out and execute.”

Laughlin’s fastest lap was his last (a 1:07.268-second split time), and the Patriots senior finished nearly two seconds in front of runner up Luke Brown of Sheridan with a 9:26.18 time.

That time is a new school record for the 3,200. Laughlin held the previous record as well.

In all, Carroll had four boys athletes place among the state’s top-8 to earn All-Ohio honors.

Pats junior Sam Janson placed sixth in the boys D-II 400-meter run with a time of 49.16 seconds; senior discus thrower Jacob Rieman was seventh with a throw of 152 feet, 1 inch; and the boys mile relay team of Dylan Tilt, Stafford Stevens, Karl Grossman and Janson earned all-state honors with an eighth-place finish in 3:23.97.

Greeneview’s lone state qualifier — senior Ocean Morris — ended her career as an All-Ohioan. Morris placed sixth in the D-II girls 800-meter run with a time of 2:17.45.

While Carroll’s Nikki Gazzerro missed the podium with a 12th-place finish in the high jump (5 feet, 2 inches), she joined Rieman and Laughlin on the Academic All-Ohio team by qualifying to state and having a 3.5 grade-point average or higher.

Senior Mike Laughlin (right) begins to pull away from the field during the Division II 3,200-meter state final, June 3 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/49/2017/06/web1_LaughlinCurve.jpgSenior Mike Laughlin (right) begins to pull away from the field during the Division II 3,200-meter state final, June 3 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus. John Bombatch | News-Current

Laughlin crosses the finish line to win the Division II boys 3,200-meter final, June 3 at the state track & field championships at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/49/2017/06/web1_LaughlinFinish.jpgLaughlin crosses the finish line to win the Division II boys 3,200-meter final, June 3 at the state track & field championships at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus. John Bombatch | News-Current

Senior thrower Jacob Rieman lets loose with a throw during the Division II boys discus final, June 3 in Columbus. Rieman was one of several Carroll High School athletes to earn All-Ohio honors at the state track and field championships.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/49/2017/06/web1_Rieman_PS.jpgSenior thrower Jacob Rieman lets loose with a throw during the Division II boys discus final, June 3 in Columbus. Rieman was one of several Carroll High School athletes to earn All-Ohio honors at the state track and field championships. John Bombatch | News-Current

Carroll High School track coach Mike Triola gives Mike Laughlin a big hug after Laughlin won the D-II boys 3,200-meter state championship, June 3 in Columbus.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/49/2017/06/web1_TriolaHug.jpgCarroll High School track coach Mike Triola gives Mike Laughlin a big hug after Laughlin won the D-II boys 3,200-meter state championship, June 3 in Columbus. John Bombatch | News-Current

By John Bombatch

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