DARKE COUNTY – Two Versailles track and field athletes who won individual Ohio High School Athletic Association state championships are The Daily Advocate’s spring sports athletes of the year.
The Daily Advocate’s spring sports athletes of the year are Versailles girls track and field athlete Jenna Frantz and Versailles boys track and field athlete Josh Steinbrunner.
Frantz won the OHSAA Division II girls pole vault state championship this year. She also was a state qualifier in the girls long jump and girls 4×100 meter relay.
“Fantastic year,” Versailles track and field coach Mike Goubeaux said. “Two records. State champion medal. She really had a fantastic year.”
Frantz cleared a personal-best mark of 12 feet 9 inches in the pole vault at the state meet and set a school record.
“Any state title you win as an athlete is special,” Goubeaux said. “Those are the experiences that are few and far between.”
Frantz also set a school record in the girls long jump by jumping 18 feet 5.5 inches, which put her third in the state. The Lady Tiger senior also was part of Versailles’ sixth place 4×100 meter relay team.
“She really turned it on when it mattered,” Goubeaux said.
Frantz, who will compete collegiately for the University of Akron, was a state qualifier all four years of her high school career. As a junior she didn’t qualify in pole vault because of a concussion and just barely missed state qualification in long jump.
“As a coach, what’s most notable to me is the incredible bounce back from last year,” Goubeaux said. “This year she came back with a lot of determination, a lot of drive and really wanted to reverse what happened a year ago.”
Steinbrunner finished as the Division II state champion in the boys 110 meter hurdles.
“For him to come across first was a real delight to the coaches and a delight to himself,” Goubeaux said.
Steinbrunner finished the state championship race in 14.54 seconds. Goubeaux expected the Versailles junior to perform well, but he exceeded everyone’s expectations.
“It was a real joy,” Goubeaux said.
Steinbrunner, a three-time state qualifier, hopes to make it back to state next year in both the 110 meter hurdles and the 300 meter hurdles.
“He’s just made for track,” Goubeaux said. “He’s got good speed, good agility and great flexibility.”