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OHSAA Member Schools Well Represented at Rio Olympics

September 1, 2016
News Release – Ohio High School Athletic Association
Commissioner Daniel B. Ross, Ph.D.
Interim Commissioner Dave Gray
For Immediate Release – Aug. 31, 2016
Contact – Tim Stried, Director of Communications, [email protected]
OHSAA Member Schools Well Represented at Rio Olympics
Fifteen Ohio high school graduates qualified to compete at the Summer Olympics, plus two more in the Paralympics
COLUMBUS, Ohio – While following the action from the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, fifteen member schools of the Ohio High School Athletic Association were also cheering on their own alumni who qualified to compete in the Summer Olympics.
In addition, two more Ohio high school graduates will compete in the Paralympic Games in Rio in September.
“It’s always a thrill to watch the Olympics, but to have so many Ohio high school graduates competing in Rio made it extra special,” said Dave Gray, OHSAA interim commissioner. “We all had an overwhelming sense of pride when we heard ‘Ohio’ associated with a competitor, and to see a few of our own earn medals, too, is something that inspires every kid growing up in Ohio. To be able to represent your country, your state, your school and your family in the Olympic Games is an amazing accomplishment, and we are so proud of them.”
Several Ohio media members also made the trek to Brazil for the Games, including Jerod Smalley, sports director at Columbus WCMH-TV and a member of the OHSAA’s Media Advisory Committee
“This was an incredible Olympic Games for Ohio athletes, and not just for the medals they won,” Smalley said. “I think of people like Nate Ebner, who took a leave of absence from the New England Patriots to compete in rugby and represent his country in the Olympics. It speaks to the power that the Olympics still has for athletes at all levels. When Kayla Harrison won her gold medal, I was among the first people to talk to her backstage. When I mentioned Ohio she yelled out ‘Go Buckeyes!’ Ohio athletes carry a special pride in what they do and the place they represent.”
Ohio High School Graduates in Rio
* represented Canada
** represented Puerto Rico
High School
A.J. Digby
Tontogany Otsego
Paralympic Track & Field, Sept. 8-17
Grace Norman
Xenia Christian 
Paralympic Track & Field, Sept. 8-17
Rachael Adams
Cincinnati Mt. Notre Dame
Team won bronze medal
*Kelsie Ahbe
Uniontown Green
Track & Field
Finished 12th in pole vault
**William Barnes
Columbus Northland 
Track & Field
Did not compete
Tianna Bartoletta 
Track & Field
Gold medal, Long jump
Gold medal, 4x100 meter relay
Charles Conwell
Cleveland Heights  
Did not medal – Round of 32, 75 kg class
Nate Ebner 
Hilliard Davidson
Team finished 9th
Kayla Harrison
Gold medal, 78 kg class
Max Holt  
Cincinnati Purcell Marian
Team won bronze medal
Emily Infeld
Cleveland Beaumont
Track & Field
Finished 11th in 10,000 meters 
Carlin Isles
Massillon Jackson
Team finished 9th
Abby Johnston
Upper Arlington
Finished 12th in 3m springboard
Josh Konieczny
Toledo St. John’s Jesuit
Finished 5th in lightweight double sculls
Erik Kynard
Toledo Rogers
Track & Field
Finished 6th in high jump
Clayton Murphy
New Madison Tri-Village
Track & Field
Bronze medal, 800 meters
Jason Pryor
Lyndhurst Brush
Did not medal – Round of 32, Epee
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