Ozzie Miller, a 2021 Dalton graduate, heads to study biology and statistics at Ohio Northern University and hopes to join the track team. He leaves a legacy behind at the high school, which includes track records, memorable moments on stage and a choral award.
By ARIEL STAHLER
Gazette & News sports writer
Talented on and off the track, an athlete, academic and actor secured his place in Dalton High School history at the 2021 Division III State Track and Field meet.
Ozzie Miller, who had just graduated days earlier, capped off his senior season by winning the 100-meter dash.
He was the first Dalton track and field state champion since Jake Dalessandro won the high jump in 2005.
After Miller realized he had won, he had two thoughts come to mind.
“First, I gave praise to God,” he said. “God really brought me here and it was all because of Him that I was able to do it. And then two, I was more like, ‘Well, I started it going now and my team has got to do as best as they can, as well.’ I started the momentum for that day. I was one of the first events, so now the rest of my team can keep it going.”
Miller’s win did set the tone for the rest of the day. Included in Dalton’s achievements at the state meet was the 4×100-meter relay team, which Miller was a part of, along with Adam Marthey, Dillon Horst and Jaiden Malone, that broke a record that was set in 2011.
During the 2021 season, Miller had some good luck from a DC superhero. At each meet, he wore a pair of socks embellished with Batman’s logo. Miller said he has always loved funny socks, but the Batman socks quickly turned into a good luck charm. After his success, he stuck with the same pair and joked he did not want to jinx his luck by changing socks. The socks may have held lucky powers, but Miller did not need it with his skills. Along with winning the 100- meter dash and being a member of the third-place 4×100-meter relay, Miller helped the boys track and field team win the WCAL championship, place second at districts and regionals and finish third at state.