(DHI Media/ Joe Dray)
(DHI Media/ Joe Dray)

COLUMBUS — The Cougars do not mess around when it comes to state. You need not more evidence than how the Cougars competed at the state meet. After Kirsten Clay gained the Cougars their second state title in as many years, the Van Wert track team kept it going at the meet.

On Friday Kirsten Clay represented the Cougars and got herself and her high school a state title. She followed her Friday performance with a fifth place finish in the shot put.

Jill Gemmer continued the Cougars dominance with a second place finish in the same event.

On Saturday the Cougars had Blake Henry who was all-Ohio as he placed fifth in the high jump.

Caylee Phillips finished 16th in the 800m run.

“I came in knowing that Ashton Warner had an awesome disc performance,” Gemmer said. “I just wanted to perform to the best of my ability and I did just that. The love and support from the Van Wert community has been amazing and I can’t thank them enough.”

“This just motivates us more to come back next year and try harder,” Clay said. “We are going to enjoy it now but after that, it is time to get ready for next year.”

The Cougars should have another fantastic showing next spring. This spring might serve as a precursor.