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6/9/2008 6:17 PM
 
Posey A State Champion, But Lancers Just Shy
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DeVier Posey

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Posted Jun 8, 2008


A number of future Buckeyes competed in the Ohio track and field championships over the weekend, but none had a bigger impact than DeVier Posey. The Cincinnati La Salle senior earned a state title in the 400 meters and placed in the top four in two other events, but his Lancers came up just short of a team crown. A number of other future Buckeyes had standout showings.

DeVier Posey left the 2008 Ohio high school track finals as an individual state champion – and disappointed.

Though Posey, a class of ’08 football signee for the Ohio State University at wideout, won the 400-meter dash for his Cincinnati La Salle squad, the Lancers took second in Division I.

Cleveland Heights amassed 44 points, three more than La Salle, to take the Division I title.

Posey, who earned 20 of his school's 41 team points on his own, still knew that losing his final team athletic event as a Lancer would hurt for an extended period of time.

“I felt we could have done better, but it’s in the books now,” he said after his last race of three in the final round. “We practiced hard every day, and I just think we had a good number of kids up here and we had a successful season. It’s still OK. It’s going to burn for a long time, but it’s all right.”

Despite his team’s coming up short, nothing will be able to take away Posey’s performance, which included the win in the 400 meters. He was in third place approaching the wire but burst ahead in the final stretch on the way to earning the gold medal in 47.41 seconds, just sixth-hundredths ahead of Thomas Murdaugh of Dublin Scioto.

Sophomores William Henry of Trotwood-Madison and Ryan Barber of Westerville South placed third and fourth, respectively.

“I was just thinking coming around the curve, it’s like, ‘This is my last time running this event, so I have to give it my all. However good I do, I do.’ ” Posey said. “I felt two sophomores coming up and I was like, I just saw my whole career coming before my eyes like I was dying or something, and I was like, ‘Uh uh. I have to win something up here.’ ”

After the race, Posey sent a heartfelt chest thump to the stands and his mother, Julie.

“That’s my girl,” he said. “She’s been here every time. I love that lady with all of my heart. She’s always going to be there for me.”

Posey also placed fourth in both the 100 meters and the 200 meters. In the 100, he finished in 10.87 seconds, sitting just one-tenth behind winner James Allen of Youngstown East. In the 200, his last race of the day, he took 21.86 seconds to finish, 0.45 behind champion Blake Heriot of Gahanna Lincoln.

“I gave everything I had, though,” Posey said. “I can’t lie. I don’t know. I just didn’t feel like I had anything. In the 100, it was the beginning. I didn’t get out of the blocks. In the 200, I don’t know what it was. I just raced some good guys. Sometimes, when it comes down to winning or losing, sometimes you just race better people. I’m not saying they’re better than me, they just ran a better race. That’s what it came down to. Those guys are really good. I just have to take my hat off to them. They worked hard just like I do.”

Posey was proud that he came away with one gold medal.

“It was important,” he said. “Every race is important. I came up short in two, but just winning one, I needed it and we needed it, too.”

As for the grueling nature of running six events in two days against the very best the state of Ohio has to offer, Posey made no bones about what it took out of him physically.

“Oh man,” he said. “I tell you, this Sunday, I’m going to be in my bed all day. It took a lot out of me. I’m not going to lie. But it was my last time at it, so I can say, ‘Forget it – let’s go.’ ”

As for other future Buckeyes on the day, none had a better showing than Corey Linsley. The class of 2009 lineman from Youngstown Boardman participated in the Division I shot put and placed in third with a toss of 58 feet, 5½ inches, placing behind Posey’s teammate Chandler Burden, who won with a throw of 61-2½. Burden also won the discus to match Posey's 20 team points for La Salle.

Chris Fields, the class of 2009 wideout commit from Painesville Harvey, competed on a relay squad in the 4x200 that placed fifth in Division II with a time of 1:30.76.

Also, Amber Stokes, a women’s basketball commit who is a senior at Gahanna Lincoln, took fifth in the Division I long jump with a leap of 18-2¾.

 
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6/9/2008 6:18 PM
 
Lancer Burden wins two state gold medals

History was made on the track June 7. And no, it didn't involve a horse, a cracked hoof and race at Belmont Park.

While Big Brown stumbled in his bid for the Triple Crown, Big Red - a.k.a. La Salle's Chandler Burden - threw his way into history, becoming the first Cincinnati track and field athlete to win both the discus and the shot put at the state finals in more than 100 years, according to La Salle head coach Frank Russo.

"Chandler had a historic day. That was an outstanding effort," Russo said.

Burden threw the shot 61-feet-2-inches for his first gold medal and followed with a throw of 187-feet-6-inches in the late afternoon for No. 2 at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus. His throw of 192-feet-4-inches a week earlier was a regional track meet record.

"I didn't expect it, just hoped for it," Burden said. "It hasn't really set in yet but it means a lot."

Burden's efforts pushed La Salle to the brink of its first state title since 1994, only to lose by three points 44-41 to state champion Cleveland Heights. The second place finish was the Lancers highest since their state runner-up campaign in 1995.

"I couldn't be more proud of this tournament run," Russo said.

Senior DeVier Posey was in search of a Triple Crown of sorts after winning the 100, 200 and 400-meter dashes at the regional meet May 30 in Dayton. Posey was able to repeat in the 400 (47.41 seconds), coming from behind in a dramatic finish.

"I was thinking, 'This is the last time I'm going to run this event,'" Posey said. "I felt those two sophomores coming up and I saw my career flash before my eyes. I said, 'I have to win something here.'"

A pair of fourth place finishes in the 100 (10.87) - fellow Lancer Kendall Owens took eighth (11.14) - and 200 (21.86) events in the state finals stung, however. Had Posey won or taken second in either event, La Salle would've won or tied for the state championship - La Salle was up by one point with two events to go after the 200.

"We've had a good, successful season, but it's going to burn for a long time," Posey said. "In the 100, I didn't get off the blocks well. In the 200, they just ran a better race. We just came up short in two events."

Like most team leaders, Posey put the blame on himself, but Russo said the contributions of Posey and everyone that wore a La Salle uniform made it a successful season.

"We did everything we possibly could," Russo said." It's been 13 years since we've been on the medal stand and we really maximized our efforts today."

 
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6/9/2008 6:22 PM
 
Posey focused on next step
La Salle senior wants to add to athletic accolades
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La Salle senior standout DeVier Posey said he would feel complacent if he were to reflect on his high school career.

Posey, an Ohio State football signee, said it wouldn't be fair for his teammates or himself as the Lancers prepare for this weekend's state track and field meet at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus.

"I know I have done some things, but I am not satisfied yet," Posey said.

Last weekend, Posey helped lead the Lancers to their first Division I regional title since 1994.He won the 100 meters (11.08), 200 (22.02) and 400 (47.65) to pace La Salle, ranked No. 9 nationally by the Nike Web Nationals top 25 poll.

La Salle senior Chandler Burden won the discus in 192 feet, 4 inches - a regional record - and the shot put in 59-6. Senior Kendall Owens also qualified for state in the 100.

The Lancers have an outside shot at a state title. Cleveland Glenville has won five consecutive state titles and has eight qualifiers in eight events. Cleveland Heights also is a contender after edging Glenville at a regional.

"We're not the favorite, so that's why we look forward to the challenge," Posey said.

Several other area athletes made a strong impact at regionals, including Harrison junior Josh Dugan, who won the high jump and the long jump. Mason freshman Zach Wills won the 3,200 and has the best state qualifying time (9:18.38).

In Division II, Finneytown junior Marquis Brookins qualified in the long jump and the 100, and Indian Hill senior Ben Hall qualified by winning the pole vault.

In Division III, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy was the regional runner-up. CHCA won the 3,200 relay and senior Nick Williams qualified in the 100 and 400.

In the girls' state meet, Lindsay Ossim is among the Division I qualifiers for regional champion Mason. Ossim, a senior, won the discus in 128-2 and was ninth at state last season.

Middletown has two individual regional champions in Dierra Riley (100 dash) and Fabia McDonald (high jump) and also won the 400 relay.

Withrow, which was tied for ninth at last year's state meet, qualified in the 800 and 1,600 relays. Junior Jonnique Lawrence won the 300 hurdles and junior Jade Clingman won the 200.

Walnut Hills won regional titles in the 800 relay with the best state qualifying time and the 1,600 relay. Sophomore Ashley Liverpool won the 400. St. Ursula's 3,200 relay team, Oak Hills junior Brooklyne Ridder (1,600 and 3,200) and Colerain junior Jessica Cobb (shot put) also were regional champs.

In Division II, McNicholas was fourth at the regional. Junior Cat Humphries has the best qualifying time in the 100 and also will compete in the 200.

In Division III, Mariemont was fourth at the regional, with senior Mackenzie Fields qualifying in the 100 hurdles and pole vault.

 
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6/10/2008 10:25 AM
 

There is no doubt La Salle will count heavily on senior DeVier Posey this weekend at the state track and field meet in Columbus. Posey, an Ohio State football signee, won regional titles in the 100-meter dash (11.08), 200 (22.02) and 400 (47.65).

Posey's track accomplishments have caught the attention of Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel, who discussed Posey through an Ohio State athletics spokesman today.

"DeVier is not just an outstanding football player but a talented athlete in many disciplines; not just his speed but the dedication he has shown toward track will be of great help to him in collegiate football," Tressel said. "He is a quality young man and we look forward to his arrival with the rest of our freshmen class on campus in a few weeks."

Posey, a Division I first-team all-state wide receiver this past season, was also first-team all-GCL South.

 
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6/10/2008 10:26 AM
 

State Track Meet is Going On

Posted by Suz under: Sports Whore .

and I want to go see it tomorrow! I miss track.

I was talking with a friend the other day and told her I wished I could clone myself so I’d have a buddy to go do the things I enjoy with. My best friends are sprinkled all over the country, so simple things like going to a movie, dinner, or a sporting event requires some coaxing on my part. I usually beg a family member to go with me. My poor brother goes to every concert with me. But I pay, so I guess it’s not so inconvenient; I haven’t asked him as much!

BTW, I’m dragging him to see Vanessa Carlton in August. It’s not really “dragging”. He’s accompanied me to see her before, and met her there. Then after that show, my Nessa CD’s mysteriously disappeared from my collection. ;) My brother likes almost everything. Seriously. Great concert companion. I wonder if I can get him to go to Bucyrus to see Danity Kane too? Hmmm.

Anyway, back to track. The OHSAA Track & Field meet is going on this weekend at Ohio State’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. [RESULTS] That’s a hop, skip, and a jump from here for me. I’ll see if I can talk my cousin, Charlie, into going with me. We hit up the Spring Football game together — in the rain — and still had a great time. He’s like my “Ohio State Buddy” and there are quite a few Buckeye signees, commits, and recruits in town for the meet.

Speaking of OSU signees, the local NBC affiliate showed footage of incoming Buckeye Devier Posey’s 100 semi from today. Dude is big! He always looked small to me next to his Buckeye buddies, who happen to be beastly offensive linemen. (Proof: 3rd in from right in khaki-colored shirt) Next to the other runners in his field, he stood out in a good way; solid. Made me even more excited to see him don the Scarlet & Gray beginning this fall. I wonder when he’s getting to campus…

While I’m at it, I need to find a local Cleveland Browns fan too. My entire family seems to like the Cincinnati Bengals, so I feel very alone in that respect.

 
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