Wayne Trace’s Sydnee Sinn raises her arms in celebration with fellow podium finishers after winning the 400m. For more coverage of the state track and field meet, see SPORTS on page 9. (Photo/Charlie Warnimont)

COLUMBUS – Paulding County saw a quartet of local athletes bring home a state title on Saturday as Wayne Trace juniors Sydnee Sinn, Kiara Bahena and Gracie Shepherd as well as senior Rachel Stoller all came home as State Champions from the Division III state track meet.

The quartet earned a state title in the 1600-meter relay, where they broke the four-minute mark with a time of 3:55.95 to win the race.

Sinn also claimed a state championship in the 400-meter dash individually, earning the top spot in the state with a time of 55.92 seconds.

“Those girls all worked extremely hard and had a tremendous season,” noted Raider head coach Troy Branch. “They have put in a lot of time to reach their goal and they were able to do that on Saturday.”

The state title also concluded the career for Stoller, who has done anything and everything over her career in a Wayne Trace uniform.

“She is a special, special person,” Branch added. “She has done anything and everything that we have asked and never complains. She just does whatever is best for the team and her teammates. It doesn’t matter what sport, Rachel just puts everybody else first and does what she is asked to do. She is a very special young lady.”

Overall, the Lady Raiders took ninth place as a team with 20 points in the meet.

Bahena ran in the 800-meter run as well at the state meet, finishing 15th place overall with a time of 2:24.36.

In the boys meet, sophomore Maddox Treece also found his way to the podium with a fifth-place finish in the 200-meter dash as he recorded a time of 22.67 seconds.

Treece just missed placing in the 400-meter dash as well, finishing ninth overall with a time of 50.23 seconds

“Maddox just continues to get better and is a great kid,” noted the Raider mentor. “He is one of those kids who just puts in the time and wants to improve every day. We are looking forward to seeing how he develops throughout his remaining years at Wayne Trace.”

On Friday, Stoller had came up just short of qualifying for the finals in the 400-meter dash after recording a tenth-place finish in the preliminary heats with a time of 1:00.21.

The foursome of Stoller, Bahena, freshman Bethany Miller and freshman Harper Myers placed 15th in the preliminary heats of the 800 relay with a time of 1:48.22.

“That group came so far this year,” Branch stated. “They didn’t have their best race this weekend but those kids have improved greatly over the season.”

Wayne Trace senior Brayson Parrish wrapped up his career with a tenth-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles, posting a time of 15.63 seconds.

“Brayson just missed moving on but he has a lot to be proud of,” Branch commented.

RAIDER RECORDS REPORT: Several new school records were set this year by Raider athletes including five girls marks as well as three boys records.

On the girls side, junior Gracie Shepherd set a new school record in the high jump with a leap of 5-6 while freshman Harper Myers broke the pole vault mark with a jump of 8-0. Junior Sydnee Sinn also set two new school records, posting a time of 55.92 seconds in the 400 meter dash while also eclipsing the 800 meter run slate with a time of 2:18.40.

Wayne Trace’s 1600 meter relay team of senior Rachel Stoller, junior Kiara Bahena, Shepherd and Sinn set a new school record as well, posting a time of 3:55.95.

In boys action, sophomore Maddox Treece broke three school records this season. Treece recorded a time of 10.81 seconds in the 100 meter dash for a new mark and added a school record time of 22.67 seconds in the 200 meter dash. The Raider sophomore also put up a new school record mark of 49.98 seconds in the 400 meter dash.