COLUMBUS, Ohio — One giant leap and a piece of history.
Gallia Academy senior Logan Allison sprung 22 feet, 5.5 inches in the finals of the OHSAA Division II long jump at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The leap was three inches farther than the nearest competitor and Allison took the championship, a first in the history of Blue Devils’ track and field.
“I don’t know how to really explain it,” GAHS senior Logan Allison said. “It’s an unbelievable feeling and I’ll probably never feel this way again. I just want to thank all my coaches and all my teammates for all they’ve done for me. They really helped me through the season to get where I wanted to be and to achieve this honor.”
Allison’s leap of 22-5.5 bested Perkins junior Cameron Burrows by three inches, while Edison senior Brandon Cushler finished third (22-00.25). Allison, Burrows and Cushler were the only three long jumpers to leap over 22 feet.
Allison’s regional jump of 22-9 made him the favorite and one of four state participants to leap over 22 feet in the regional. Hunting Valley University School junior Ryder Bell had the second best regional jump at 22-4.5 but Bell fouled on all three jumps at Jesse Owens Stadium.
Vinton County senior Wade Barney was third seeded (22-1) and finished seventh with a leap of 21-05.5, while Chaminade Julienne junior Kyle McKinney was the fourth seed (22-00.5) and finished fifth with a jump of 21-7.25.
Allison’s 22-9 regional jump is a GAHS school record and its an improvement of two feet and three inches from his junior year regional jump. Logan is the first boys track and field state champion in GAHS history.
“I didn’t know that until just a second ago and it hasn’t really hit me yet,” said Allison on becoming the first Blue Devil state champ. “I think it will hit me and when it does the feeling is going to be inexplicable.”
The Gallia Academy Blue Angels have had three state champions, Amy Wilson in the 1998 long jump, Felicia Close in the 2006 100m hurdles and Alexis Geiger in the 2009 long jump.
The 10 points scored by Allison puts GAHS tied for second with Tontogany Otsego, Genoa Area and Cuyahoga Falls CVCA through four events. Pemberville Eastwood is currently first with 13 points.