By Rob Kiser
Call Sports Editor
COLUMBUS — Coington seniors Jackie Siefring and Lane White both liked the view from the top.
And Ben Miller heads into his senior season after multiple trips to the podium Saturday at the D-III state track and field championships at Jesse Owens Stadium.
After having to recover from an ACL injury last summer and battling a hipinjury the last five weeks, Siefring won her second state title in two days and finished an amazing four years in track with seven trips to the podium and five top three finishes.
“I told you before, with my hip, I didn’t think it would be fair to come into the meet with high expectations,” Siefring said. “It took me four years, but I finalyl got to the top.”
In her final high school race, Siefring held off Morgan Rice of Warren John F KEnnedy for the 300-meter hurdles title in 43.64. Rice was clocked in 43.88
It was a contractast of styles throughout the race.
“It was kind of funny,” Siefring said. “Her (Morgan Rice) form is so good. She would go over the hurdles and be right with me, then I would pulle ahead, then we would go over another hurdle and she would make it up again.
“My form could be a lot better than it is. I make up for it with speed. I could see her out of the corner of my eye (coming to the finish line).”
Earlier in the day, Siefring had finished third in the 100 hurdles in 14.80, a race won by Rice in 14.49.
“That is a race where your form has to be perfect,” Siefring said. “I haven’t been able to practicie it for five weeks, so that makes it tough. I was happy with my race.”
She came back with one of her fastest times in the 300 hurdle s.
“I ran faster at Wayne this year, but that was before the hip injury, so you have to take that into account.”
Siefring,who had started the weekend with a dramtictic win in the long jump Friday, passing six jumpers on her final jump, said.
“I probably would have been happy (without winning the 300s),” Siefring said. “But, that is the race I always thought I would win. It took four years, but I did it.
“It has been a fun four years. That is what I wanted high school to be. Now I am ready for college and Akron.”
White nearly pulled off an amazing double Saturday, winning the 400 (48.24) and finishing second in the 200 (21.95).
In the 400, White ran his race and while he came in with the fast time, took nothing for granted.
West Liberty-Salem’s Conner Karg was second in 48.90.
“You never know,” White, who was also the indoor 400 champion, said. “Someone could run a crazy PR. You just don’t know.
“With about 50 meters to go, I thought I had it. But again, anything can happen. It felt great when I crossed the finish line.”
White originally didn’t want to wait around for the 400 awards and get ready for the 200.
“I am sure it affected me a little,” White said. “But, you have so much adrenaline. I don’t think it affected my time in the 200.”
White ran a near school record time , finishing second to Lima Central Catholic’s Jamir Coleman, who also won the 100 and anchored the stare record 400 relay.
“I was hoping to get him at the end,” White said. “But, he is a great runner.”
White can now look back at last year’s injury that kept him out of the posteason in a different light as he heads off to Hillsdale College (Michigan) to continue his running career.
“It probably is (a blessing in disguise),” White said. “That’s the word I would use. When I was a freshman, I never even thought about winning a state championship. It was probably my junior year when I went through the injury. It is a great way to finish and I look forward to college.”
Miller finished seventh in the 110 hurdles (15.13) and eighth in the 300 hurdles (40.41).
The multi-sport athlete who plays in the Buccs ultra-successful football program and placed sixth in state wrestling, was most disappointed in not getting Troy Cron’s school record in the 110s (14.85).
“I would have like to run better,” Miller said. “But, it was nice to get on the podium twice. I still have another year to get Troy’s (Cron) record in the 110s. I would probably have to go on a diet and lose some weight to get the record in the 300s.
“It was good to get over here and experience running at state and I have another year.”
And he would like nothing better than to check out the view from the the top.