Lang, Wiley qualify for state track and field semifinals


Caleb Youngblood

Senior Jon Keisel (farthest left) and junior Marqueveon Quinn (third back) participate in the hurdles during the Columbus Invitational on April 4.

Mariane Powell, Staff Writer

Senior Jatarious Lang and junior Dylan Wiley advanced to the semifinals round of state track and field playoffs after they placed at the MHSAA Division 2-2A meet at Winona High School on April 11. 

Wiley won first in the 800-meter, 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter races. He was able to push through the strenuous day by keeping in mind those he was representing, he said. 

“The sun was beating us like we stole money from it,” Wiley said. “After winning the 1,600, I slept, got back up, did the 800 [and] won, then 20 minutes later ran the 3,200 and won. I knew I was representing MSMS, and I didn’t want to let my team down. I [am] not competing for myself; I compete for my supporters.” 

Lang placed second in both shot put and discus, beating his previous personal records..

“It is an honor to make it to state, and I’m working avidly to represent the Blue Waves the best I can,” Lang said.

Editor’s note: This article is part of ongoing track and field reporting. Future coverage of recently completed events is planned.