By Rob Kiser
HUBER HEIGHTS — One of the highlights of Andy Mayse’s career was the district track meet his junior season — when he had breakout races in the 800 and 1,600, leading to him qualifying for state in the 800 and finishing seventh in the 1,600 in Division I.
He followed that up by qualifying for state in cross country as a senior.
So, after missing almost the entire track season because of a stress fracture, Mayse wasn’t about to be a spectator at the Wayne Division I district this week.
And while the odds were stacked against him — Mayse showed a lot of heart.
After winning his heat of the 1,600 Wednesday to advance to Friday and advancing in the 800, his prep career ended Friday night with a sixth-place finish in the 1,600 in 4:44.45; and seventh-place finish in the 800 in 2:04.93.
“Definitely, I have great memories from last year when I beat a rival I hadn’t been able to beat,” Mayse said. “It feels great to be back down here, just wasn’t quite the result I wanted. Just wasn’t meant to be.”
Mayse gave it everything he had.
He led the first two laps of the 1,600 and was third after a 58 second opening lap in the 800.
“Basically, the last two laps of the 1,600 and the last 300 meters of the 800, he just didn’t have the conditioning he needed,” Piqua coach Scott Kaye said. “Our only concern is that Andy (Mayse) was healthy.”
That’s because he has to make it through basic training this summer for his appointment to West Point.
“It feels good to be healthy,” Mayse said. “Just wish it could have happened a little earlier in the season so I could condition and compete more. I went out with a solid first lap in the 800. But, the second lap was just too fast and a lot of guys passed me.”
But, it doesn’t change the mark Mayse made it a Piqua uniform.
“You look back to when I was a freshman, I really came a long way,” Mayse said.
And he got to put on the Piqua uniform last time.
Tristen Cox already had earned a regional berth in the discus Wednesday.
And Cox gave it his best “shot” to become a double qualifier Friday, finishing sixth in the shot put with a put of 47-8 3-4.
“Tristen (Cox) still has the discus next week,” Kaye said. “And he had a good night tonight. He got up over 47-feet. He had a good week at district.”
Dante Kemp also ran in the 1,600 for Piqua, finishing 12th in 4:50.96.
In the 3,200, Mitch Fletcher finished 11th in 11:15.14; while Eli Baker was 21st in 12:13.23.
In the shot put, Zane Arbogast finished 12th with a put of 40-1 1-4.
In the girls 800, Lauren Williams finished ninth in 2:37.55; while in the 3,200 Juliya Hsiang finished sixth in 12:46.94; and Kenna Bell finished 12th in 13:56.96.
In the girls long jump, Jade Schneider finished 10th with a jump of 11-4.
In the girls discus, Savannah Charles was sixth with a throw of 94-10 and Mikayla Schaffner finished ninth with a throw of 87-3.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.