COLUMBUS — Izzy Kline envisioned the mark. It had to be another personal best. The Newton Falls senior took the metallic 12-pound implement in her hand and thought this was her moment.
Her throwing coach Jon Culp sat on an upside-down orange bucket, giving last words of encouragement. He could do no more.
It was all on Kline.
She entered the ring, meandered three-quarters of the way back in the ring, had a couple of shuffle steps and powered the 12-pound ball off her hand.
Plop. It landed in the wet, sandy pit.
The mark was set and the tape measure made its way back to the ring for the mark — 46 feet, 3 inches.
She passed Leipsic’s Grace Rigel, who went 46-0 on her second throw of preliminaries, to win Friday’s Division III girls shot put state championship.
The All-American Conference is an OHSAA-sanctioned league, created in 2008 as the result of the merger between the Trumbull Athletic Conference and the Metro Athletic Conference in Ohio. The league has 21 different member schools, with 17 sports offered throughout fall, winter and spring sports seasons.