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Drozd leads three Lakeview boys to state

May 13, 2019

A year after the Lakeivew boys failed to qualify any athletes to the state track and field meet, the Vikings will be sending a contingent of three next week to Burke Stadium when festivities begin on Friday morning.

Senior Cameron Drozd leads the way with automatic qualifications in the the triple jump, 800 meters and 1600 meters. He’ll be joined by Kienan Prorok, also an auto qualifier in the long jump, and Zeth Gerkensmeyer who punched his ticket with another top three finish.

First, second and third at six different district locations qualify to state along with a handful of others based on the event.

Drozd earned his way with runner-up finishes in the 800 and 1600 and a third-place mark in the triple jump.

Prorok is in with the third-best leap in the long jump. Gerkensmeyer makes state on a pole vault height good enough for third as well.

Drozd ran 2:02.87 in the 800, 4:47.50 in the mile and landed his best triple jump distance at 40 feet, 8.50 inches. Prorok was third in long jump at 19-11, 4.5 inches past fourth place. Gerkensmeyer’s top pole vault height of 12-4 was six inches above fourth place.

“Those were kind of the three guys, based on where they were sitting coming into districts, that had the best shot for us to qualify,” coach Don Bentz said. “Kienan and Cameron, hadn’t necessarily struggled lately in those jumps, but they hadn’t hit those marks in a while. They came up big for us.

The Lakeview boys were sixth overall in a field of 10 schools scoring 43 points. Pierce took the top spot at 147.

Lakeview scored in nine events.

Prorok was also sixth in the 200. Kaylob Kobza had the best showing of any non-state qualifier with a fourth-place time in the 400.

Adam Van Cleave was sixth in the 100 while Layne Forney made the finals in the 110 hurdles but was eighth.

The Vikings were also fifth in the 400 relay with a team of Van Cleave, Prorok, Jacob Frenzen and Aaron Peterson and sixth in the 3200 relay behind the group of Simon Janssen, Zach Anderson, Mason Stahl and Boston Barcel.

“We got quite a few points out of some guys. We had a lot of (personal records) from a lot of our kids. That’s always the goal at the beginning of the season, to be running your best late in the season,” Bentz said. “We had a lot of those, and that was definitely nice to see.

“We’ve got a lot of young guys that should have a pretty nice future. I’m excited to see what they can do over the next few years.”

Nate Tenopir is the sports editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at sports@columbustelegram.com.