By Bob Evans
June 4, 2012
|Sandy Valley's Andrew Milhoan won the state high jump and placed fifth in the 110 hurdles at last weekend's OHSAA State Track and Field Championships.
COLUMBUS - For Andrew Milhoan of Sandy Valley it was just an amazing weekend.
The Cardinals’ senior won the Division II state championship in the long jump last Friday and followed that performance by earning All-Ohio with a fifth place finish in the 110 high hurdles on Saturday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.
“This has been an amazing weekend,” said Milhoan, “I won the long jump yesterday, finished fifth today and I graduate tomorrow. What more could you ask for?”
Milhoan was just hoping to get a medal. He never thought about gold.
Milhoan went out and jumped 22’ 11.5” to earn the top spot on the podium.
“I thought I could make the top 10 coming out of the regional,” said Milhoan, who will be attending Mount Union University in the fall. “I was just hoping to get to the finals and a place on the podium. I didn’t think I would win.”
Milhoan credited a rain delay following the preliminaries on Friday for helping him.
“I think I may have over warmed up,” he said. “It helped me get a little rest.”
On Saturday in the hurdles, he ran a 14.79 to place fifth.
“I am happy with that,” he said. “It has been some weekend.”
To get to the finals, he had to qualify on Friday where he ran a 14.993.
The top nine qualifiers made the finals and the top eight earned All-Ohio and a place on the podium.
Also representing the Cardinals was junior Ben Lehotay in the 3,200-meter run. Lehotay ran a time of 10.08 to place 14th.
The Lady Cardinals were not to be outdone at the state meet. Senior Briana Schubert jumped her way to a spot on the podium and All-Ohio honors by placing sixth in the long jump at 16’ 7”.