By David Fong and Rob Kiser
COLUMBUS —Brady McBride capped off his career in grand style.
In his first trip to the state track and field meet Saturday at Jesse Owens Stadium, the Newton High School senior finished the 3,200 in 9:34.33, good enough for sixth place and a spot on the podium in the Division III race.
“This feels great,” McBride said. “I couldn’t think of a better way to finish off my high school career. My goal was to finish in the top eight. To get sixth place is pretty neat.”
Despite it being his first trip to the state meet, McBride said he felt calm and collected as the race approached.
“No, I really wasn’t nervous at all,” he said. “I think going to state twice in cross country helped me.”
At the state cross country meet last fall, McBride placed eighth, earning him All-Ohio honors in that sport, as well.
The race went off at a slower pace than McBride had been anticipating, but he quickly made an adjustment and was able to stay with the leaders for most of the race.
“It went off a lot slower than I had expected,” he said. “That first mile, I was right up there with the lead runners. I had expected to be toward the back of the pack and pick some people off later in the race. But when the race started slower than I thought it would, I just stayed up with the leaders. After that first mile, I felt super.”
McBride will run at Ohio University next year.
Raiders reach podium
The Russia 1,600 relay team of junior Jack Moorman and seniors Weston Lavy, Caleb Ball and Trevor Monnin finished sixth int he D-III 1,600 relay in 3:25.98.
“At the beginning of the year, we didn’t expect to do this,” Ball said. “Then, we saw the caliber of runners we had and worked really hard to get on the podium.”
Monnin moved up to third early in the final leg of the race and against a strong group of 400 runners, finished sixth.
“I went out hard and was just trying to hold on for as long as I could,” Monnin said. “It was a great feeling to be up on the podium, even though we were hoping for better today.”
“It was a great feeling being on the podium (to end his career),” he said. “This is what we worked for.”
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.