Springfield senior places third in shot put in seated division

Jadyn Marstella is a two-time state qualifier

COLUMBUS — Springfield High School senior Jadyn Marstella placed third in the shot put in the seated wheelchair division at the state track and field championship on Friday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Marstella’s best throw was 13 feet, 9¾ inches. GlenOak freshman Elena Knowles won the title with a throw of 16-5. Fort Loramie junior Jessica Albers finished second (15-3½). Nine other athletes competed in Marstella’s event.

“I think it went really well,” Marstella said. “It was kind of different from last year since we had all three divisions in one stadium. There were definitely a lot more people. So that was a little overwhelming, but not like too crazy. I was very pleased with it.”

Marstella finished third in the state last year (14-4¾). She is the first para-athlete in Clark County history.

“I really hope that by doing all of this it up for other kids to want to do it,” she said, “and they’re like, ‘Oh, yeah, if she can do it, then I can do it, too.’ I take a lot of pride in the fact that I was able to do that.”

Marstella will attend Trevecca Nazarena University in Nashville, Tenn., in the fall. She doesn’t plan to continue to compete but hopes to be a part of the track team. She will major in English and literature and pursue a minor in music. Her goal is to be a publisher or work in the music industry.

The Ohio High School Athletic Association introduced the seated division to the state championships in 2013.

In the 100-meter dash preliminaries Friday, Fort Loramie junior Jessica Albers finished second (23.88 seconds), and Beavercreek freshman Zoe Roll finished 11th (35.92).

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