From a national and even local perspective, there may have been bigger sports stories this weekend, but there weren't any better than what happened in the 4 x 800 relay at the Ohio Boys Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships. It's a story I became aware of on social media Saturday. I live in Gahanna and my daughter and son are both students at Lincoln High School, so I follow many of the Gahanna athletic social media accounts. I started seeing messages about an incredible victory by the 4 x 800 relay team of Donovan Hight, Caleb Shovlin, Ben Towler and Riley Jackson. Not long after that, the video surfaced and it is indeed incredible. For all you parents, who tell your kids "never give up," the video of the race is a great teaching tool.
Gahanna's team got off to a good start and were in solid position, running second, as Shovlin, the second runner neared the end of his 800 meters. That's when disaster struck, as he tripped and fell, got up--but then fell again. He never stopped moving though---crawling the last few meters to make his exchange. Unfortunately though, the mishap buried Gahanna from second place to last in the blink of an eye. They looked to be out of contention, but Towler fought through the traffic and moved into fourth position, setting the stage for an amazing and inspiring final leg by Jackson who finally pulled into the lead on the final turn and then held on down the stretch to win an improbable gold medal. The sheer determination is inspiring to watch. Well done guys! That was a special moment that you'll never forget...and neither will anyone who saw it. You can check out the video, posted on YouTube, below. Also, a shoutout to the Gahanna girls track team who won the indoor state championship for a seventh year in a row. Amazing!