Bryan Cain crossed the finish line in 37.7 seconds on Saturday, June 4 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, besting eight fellow Ohio state qualifiers in the Division II 300 meter hurdles event.
The CJ senior also finished third in the 110 meter hurdles finals after turning in the field’s best preliminary time on Friday during qualifying. Cain, who set two regional records in both the 110m and 300m events on the road to state, was the only representative from the Eagles men’s team to compete at Columbus.
“Bryan has done well all year and had a great year as an individual,” said coach Jerry Puckett, referencing both his third place finish in the indoor state championships and his most recent outdoor accomplishments. The four-year letter winner helped lead his team to a 2011 regional runners-up title and is the first individual to win a state title since Kelcey McKinney, ’08, tied for first in the Division I long jump event her senior year. (Correction: McKinney did not win an individual championship in 2008, but placed 3rd in the event).
“Division II was very tough this year, and in a lot of ways, it was stronger than Division I,” said Puckett, who was named GGCL Coach of the Year for his hand in the Lady Eagles’ stellar 2011 season. The women won the OATCCC state indoor championship, the GGCL Grey North title (pictured below) for the third consecutive season and advanced in the postseason to win district and regional titles before being represented in the state finals by Alexandria Coleman '12, Cierra Brown '12, Camille Dickens '12 Devanae Mitchell '13.
“The girls are extremely talented, they work extremely hard, and for a small group to be that successful is… you just can’t hardly put it in words because they give you so much,” he said. According to Puckett, before finishing the regular season strong with a second consecutive team victory at the Roosevelt Relays, the girls placed first or second in all but one meet the entire season.
At Ohio State University on Saturday, the Lady Eagles took eighth place in one event, seventh place in five events, and Cierra Brown finished third in the 100 meter hurdles for the team’s best finish—good for 17 total team points and eighth place overall. The first and third place finishes recorded by Cain tallied 16 total points for CJ’s men’s team, which would finish in thirteenth place overall.
“All-in-all I thought we did really well,” Puckett stated. “The future looks really good for track, both boys and girls. I’m very excited.”
- Brown, Coleman, Dickens and Mitchell | 7th place | 4x200m | 1:45.42
- Cierra Brown | 3rd place | 100m hurdles | 14.48
- Cierra Brown | 7th place | 300m hurdles | 45.00
- Bryan Cain | State Champion | 300m hurdles | 37.70
- Bryan Cain | 3rd place | 110m hurdles | 14.35
- Camille Dickens | 7th place | 100m hurdles | 15.11
- Camille Dickens | 7th place | long jump | 16-10.50
- Devanae Mitchell | 7th place | 100m dash | 12.66
- Devanae Mitchell | 8th place | 200m dash | 26.15
- Devanae Mitchell | DNP | long jump