By Rob Kiser
Call Sports Editor
COLUMBUS — Brad Montgomery couldn’t have asked for a much better finish to his throwing career.
And set the bar high for younger brother Ben as he wrapped up his senior season with two trips to the podium at the D-III state track and field championships.
Brad Montgomery, a senior, capped his career with a second-place finish in the discus with a throw of 164-0.
He was in third place going to the finals after throws of 155-2, 160-2 and 158-3 in the prelims.
Montgomery then uncorked the throw of 164-0 in the finals.
That had him within four-feet of Bucyrus Palo of Newton Falls, but the junior then had what would be his winning throw of 176-0.
Brad Montgomery had two more chances to catch Palo, but his throws of 137-2 and 162-6 came up shot.
“It was great to get on the podium twice,” Brad Montgomery said. “That was definitely a goal.”
Montgomery had started the day with a sixth-place finish in the shot put.
After starting with a foul, he had a put of 51-4 on his second put that was good enough for sixth going to the finals.
He then had a consistent group of puts in the finals, with distances of 53-7, 52-11 3-4 and 53-0 1-4.
“I was sixth going to the finals,” Brad Montgomery said. “If I hadn’t gotten that throw in the finals, two guys would have passed me. I am happy to get on the podium — just not happy with my distance.”
After the discus, he could be happy all the way around.
Montgomery’s brother Ben, a junior, got his first taste of state competition.
He finished 14th in the shot put, 48-6 3-4; and followed that with a 12th-place finish in the discus, 141-11.
Lehman’s Mitchell Slater failed to qualify for the finals of the 300 hurdles, finishing with the 14th fastest time, 41.26.
Russia’s Nick Colby had ninth-place finish in the discus, 148-6.
Miami East’s Mack Rose tied for 14th in the pole vault, clearing 12-0.