Shenandoah's Shakur Payton and Max McVicker each collect All-Ohio honors
WESTERVILLE — Saturday (June 5) turned out to be a successful day for Shenandoah High at the OHSAA State Track and Field Championships.
A pair of Zeps collected prime spots on the Division III championship podium inside Jim McCann Stadium at Westerville North High School with second-place finishes to earn All-Ohio recognition.
Shenandoah seniors Shakur Payton and Max McVicker each just missed out on the top spot of the podium with runner-up showings to close out their Zeps' track careers on a high note.
"I had a great career here at Shenandoah," McVicker offered after stepping off the podium after becoming a two-time All-Ohioan following an earlier eighth-place showing in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 16:06. "It's something I will always remember the rest of my life."
Payton turned in a 6-5 effort in the high jump, while McVicker took second place in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 40.09 to each garner All-Ohio honors for Shenandoah.
McVicker was edged out by Tyler Schwieterman of Coldwater with a time of 39.48 to claim first place, and according to McVicker was a bit of a surprise.
"He (Schwieterman) just came out of nowhere," McVicker offered. "But I can't really look back as its in the past now, and that would just mess with my head. I think I ran a great race today, and he was just a little bit better."
McVicker was also just a bit pumped up to share the spotlight with Payton with both enjoying a highly successful weekend.
"That's just awesome we both are All-Ohio runner-ups," McVicker added. "How often does that happen...like never. I'm really happy for Shakur, and it was a good day to be a Zep today."
As for Payton, the Shenandoah standout wasn't a big fan of the warm temperatures.
"It feels good," Payton explained. "For the most part I'm happy, but I feel I could have went a bit higher. It was a little hot for me today, but you can't control that."
Barnesville had a pair of athletes in action with Anna Yater finishing 10th in the shot put with a toss of 36-1, while Marah Bethel closed out an impressive freshman season with a 15th place showing in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:25.39.
In Division II action Saturday at Pickerington North High School, John Glenn's Hannah Clifford posted an eighth-place finish in the 100 hurdles (16.36) for All-Ohio accolades, while John Glenn junior Chris Tooms took 12th in the 3,200 (10:11) and freshman Chelsea Sotherden was 13th in the shot (35-11 1/2).
Meadowbrook’s Kahle Flowers tied for sixth in the 100 (11.34), while Cambridge’s Sean Perkins tied for 13th in the high jump (6-0) and Meadowbrook’s Ethan Furbee failed to register a height and did not place.