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COLUMBUS – Beaver Local senior Kodi Kinsey left the track and field meet with her second medal and a smile on Saturday.

“At the start of the season I wanted to get to the state in two events and I did,” she says.

Kinsey finished sixth in the Division II women’s long jump with a leap of 17 feet 2 1/2 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. He came after finishing third last year.

“I was hoping to go a little further, but I landed my second best jump of the season” she says. “There is much better competition today than last year.”

Kinsey knew where she stood, entering the state meet with the 10th best jump.

“Oh yes,” she says. “As soon as they sent them, I was on it.”

Marengo Highland junior Juliette Laracuente repeated as the state champion with a 19-5 3/4 leap, 2 inches off the meet record.

“It also helps to have riders in front of you,” said Kinsey. “I was the last jumper of the first flight and that helped me.”

Marlington senior Ariana Painter was fifth (17-3 3/4) and Minerva senior Abby Wheeler was 11th (16-7).

Kinsey warmed up after placing 15th in the 100-meter hurdles preliminaries on Friday.

“I’m here in the hurdles and the competition is much better than what I’ve seen all year,” she says. “You do what you can.”

Kinsey — the third girl from Beaver Local to graduate in school history — has shown she belongs on the biggest stage in the state.

Status Notes

• Kinsey plans to join his sister, Teddi, on the Youngstown State University track team next season.

• Kinsey’s brother, Zane, transferred to high school in Toronto for his first year. Zane was a member of both Beavers relay teams that ranked stateside last year.

He had to sit out the last half of the track season due to OHSAA transfer rules.

“It was sad to see him because he was doing so well inside,” said Kodi.

Zane was at the state meeting this weekend.

“He’s here to support” said Kodi.

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