Belpre thinclads Tojzae Reams, Logan Racy bound for state meet

Belpre’s Tojzae Reams competes against Parkersburg High’s Logan Wooddell earlier in the year at the Erickson Invitational. Reams runs this weekend in the Ohio High School state track meet. Photo by Jordan Holland

BELPRE — Belpre’s two state track qualifiers, junior 300-meter hurdler Tojzae Reams and senior discus thrower Logan Racy, are both hoping to wind up their best seasons as state placers this weekend in Columbus.

Reams has gone to the state meet at Ohio State University every year in various events. As a freshman, it was in the 4×100 and the 4×200 relays, but “we didn’t get podium (top 8), but in the 4×200, we got 10th and almost podiumed,” he said. And as a sophomore, he went to state in the 4×400 relay and 300 hurdles, in which he finished 9th, one place from podium and the opportunity to be all-state.

Last week in the Division III regional at Fairfield Union, the quick Reams’ best 300 hurdle time was a high 39 seconds, which he said “has been average so far a little bit” for him his year in his “best event.”

But that still gave him the No. 2 runner-up spot. Sill, Reams knows though that “getting more competition along with everyone that runs 39’s and 38’s, I hope I’m able to boost up to that 38 and get our school record,” which is 38.8. “I thought I could do (a new school record) last week, but if I ran a 38 (at state) and hit at least a school record, I’d be top three or maybe second.”

Looking to state, “we had only one runner in our regional meet who’s got at least top 5 in the bag,” said Reams. “I feel like once you get up to state, all the competition will be about him. So everyone’s right about the same times — pretty equal. It’s just about whoever wants it more and has put in more work throughout the season.”

A complete school-year three-sport athlete (the other two being football and basketball), Reams wants “just to go to up there (to state) and do what I do best,” which he has done most of the spring, highlighted in the Tri-Valley Conference meet, where Reams won the 400 and was second in the 300 hurdles back-to-back as he captured high-point honors and the Belpre boys claimed the team title.

Reams’ 300 hurdles prelim is set for 11:30 a.m. Friday, with the championship finals slated at 10:40 a.m. Saturday.

For Racy, it’s his first trip to the state meet in his fourth year hurling the discus and throwing the shot for the Golden Eagles.

Plus, Racy added, “it’s been my best year, so I’m pretty excited about going to state. And I don’t mean to boast, but I’m pretty proud of myself because I don’t have a throws coach. So coming from a small town and making it to state, that’s a pretty big deal — in my opinion.”

At last week’s regional, Racy and another discus competitor were tied for fourth place at 141 feet even. “And the way they break ties is the second-best throw takes it,” he explained, “and mine was three feet farther (136 to 133), so that’s how I advanced (to state).”

Racy’s best career toss so far, though, came this year in a mid-season meet at Warren with a distance of 144 feet, 9 inches. But he has improved each year from freshman on up — from 112 to 120 to 139 (138 in regionals) and 114-9 now.

Having graduated already this spring, Racy’s next stop after state is Marietta College, where “I’m going to keep on throwing up there,” he said. “I don’t want to go anywhere just to throw; I want to go with someone I can learn from and get better, so I believe Marietta’s right for me.”

On Friday at state, Racy said the all discus entrants “will throw and then they’ll take the top nine into the finals, where they’ll compete for eight places.”

For Racy, who “was just super excited I made it to state, I’ve got nothing to lose really up there. I was super nervous at regionals, but now that I’m at state, I’m going to enjoy the experience and throw like I know how to throw. If I place, I place — that would be awesome. But I’m just happy I made it there. It’s kind of the end of the road for me, and I’ll be at Marietta College soon enough.”