By Rob Kiser
Call Sports Editor
COLUMBUS — Lane White is never above doing the unexpected.
And the Covington senior showed that once again at Friday’s D-III state track and field championships at Jesse Owens Stadium.
Every one expected White to run the fast time in the 400 heading into today’s finals — and the indoor 400 state champion didn’t disappoint, with a time of 48.76.
Then for good measure — despite running in lane eight after a fourth-place finish in the regional — White did the same in the 200 in 21.85.
“I just want to try and see how good I could do,” White said with a smile after the 200.
And it probably wasn’t that big of a surprise — considering only one of the other 15 runners had a better PR than him in the race this year.
The time also got him close to Kelly Deeter’s school record.
“That is definitely a goal for Saturday,” White said.
White was happy with is 400 race, but has another goal for today as well.
“I gave it a little extra today because I wanted to make sure I was in lane 4,” White said. “Getting in the 47s is a goal tomorrow for sure.”
Covington hurdler Ben Miller was happy with his day for the most part Friday.
Miller had the seventh fastest time in the 110 hurdles, 15.01; and the eighth fastest time in the 300 hurdles, 40.46.
He also ran on the Buccs 400 relay team (with Dalton Bordelon, A.J. Ouellette and Brandon Magee) that had the 13th fastest time, 44.65.
“I really wish we could have made finals in the relay,” Miller said. “I wanted it for those guys. It would be awesome to get up on the podium twice.”
And he gets one more shot at Troy Cron’s school record of 14.85 in the 110s.
“I want that bad,” Miller said with a smile.
Miller said running at Wayne earlier this year was good preparation for running at Jesse Owens Stadium.
“But, you can’t beat the atmospher coming to the finish line here,” Miller said.
And it would be no surprise if that led to the four trips to the podium for Covington today.