Flora wins state indoor 1600




Staff report

Distance standout Chloe Flora of Botkins, a senior who has already committed to run for the University of Dayton, won the 1600 run at the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches Indoor State Championships held Saturday at the University of Akron.

Flora’s state championship is the fifth individual state title in Botkins High School history. And she not only won the 1600, she also set a new state indoor record for the event of 5:00.99.

“At the state indoor, they combine Divison 2 and Division 3, so she was running against girls from a lot of bigger schools,” said Botkins coach Ryan Gutman. “And she beat the girl who she lost to last year in the 1600 at the state (outdoor) meet.”

Flora was one of a host of County athletes competing in the meet, all in the same division as Flora.

Russia sprint standout Lauren Heaton placed fourth in the 400 in 58.88.

Anna’s Logan Konst was seventh in the pole vault at 14 feet.

Andrea Meyer of Fort Loramie was seventh in the girls pole vault at 10-6, and also 15th in the high jump.

Alan Holdheide of Fort Loramie was eighth in the boys pole valt at 14 feet.

Josh Miller of Botkins placed 11th in the shot put at 47-feet, 1-inch.

And Weston Lavy of Russia was 18th in the pole vault at 12-6.