Morlock family to have big presence in Columbus

CRESTON – People from all over Ohio will converge on Columbus this weekend for the state track meet.

Finally going back home to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium for the first time since 2019, many young athletes and their families will hit the interstate with dreams and hopes of standing atop that podium. And it’s a safe bet that anyone in the Morlock family will be plugging in that address to their GPS app.

The only question is, who is turning off the lights at Morlock Farms?

Senior Colby Morlock termed the expected migration as a “family reunion”, which will no doubt turn into a family memory that will be talked about for years. It simply isn’t often that families get to see one child compete for a state title, let alone three of them in Allie Morlock, Colby Morlock and Dillon Morlock.

“It means everything,” said Colby. “It’s like a mini family reunion at state. It will be pretty fun to have everyone down there and to just watch everyone compete.”

Colby Morlock

Colby punched his second trip to the ultimate destination by winning the discus at the Div. III Perry Regionals, while finishing runner-up in the shot put. The senior just missed tying the area’s all-time discus record with a throw of 192 feet, 5 inches, falling one inch shy of Triway thrower Matt Hess’ record of 192-6 set in 2002. In shot put, he finished second due to tiebreaker rules with a toss of 62-1. A year ago in his first trip to state, Colby finished third in the shot put with a toss of 57-3.5 and was second in the discus with a toss of 168-3.

“It feels pretty good, but to be honest, I wasn’t really expecting anything less from myself this year. I knew my goals coming in and what I wanted,” said Morlock. “It’s still really special, I am really grateful, it took a lot of hard work, a lot of hours and I think it will finally pay off.”

Dillon Morlock

His younger brother Dillon clipped his first trip to state by firing a 60-8 to finish third in the shot put and was third in the discus with a toss of 185-6. A year ago as a freshman, he finished seventh in the discus with a throw of 140-9, was eighth in the shot put with a throw of 40-7- at regionals and left with fuel on his fire.

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