COLUMBUS — Sarah Fowler finally hit her goal.
But there would be no state title, as it would happen on a record-breaking day in her race.
The Fredericktown senior finally beat the 11-minute mark in the Division III girls 3,200-meter run at Saturday’s OHSAA State Track and Field Championships in Columbus.
But so did two other runners, meaning Fowler’s time of 10:56.41 placed third. It marked the first time in history that three D-III girls beat 11 minutes.
Fowler’s run earned the Fredericktown girls a third-place finish as a team — the highest ever for the Freddies or for any Knox County school.
“I never dreamed that we would be talking about a state place or even a regional place,” said Fredericktown girls coach Bob Geiger. “Our team goal is usually the Mid-Buckeye Conference, then we set our sights on individual goals, getting as many kids to the state meet as possible.”
Fowler’s third-place finish in the 3,200 earned her team six points. When added to the 14 points from Friday (Carolyn Webster’s second place in long jump and third place in high jump) the Freddies, at that moment, were tied for first place.
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