By Rob Kiser
COLUMBUS — The results didn’t really matter.
Houston junior discus thrower David Stammen was already a winner.
Stammen, who finished 16th with a throw of 133-9, had already beaten cancer to get to the state meet.
“All I know is they told me the cancer is gone now,” Stammen said. “It (going through cancer) doesn’t make this any easier, but it definitely makes you appreciate it.”
Stammen spent almost the entire month of January in a hospital bed and is still recovering.
“I don’t have all my strength back,” he said. “I was really nervous today, with it being state. Definitely, I think this is going to help me a lot to be over here and get this experience.”
Miami East sophomore Blaine Brokschmidt placed eighth with a vault of 13-10, a personal record.
This season was a huge leap for Brokschmidt, who was the third-best vaulter on his own team last season and improved his best vault by nearly 3 feet from last year.
“It feels amazing being here,” he said. “I would have told you that you were out of your mind if you had told me I’d be at state this year. I would have told you there was no way. Even I didn’t think I’d be here at the beginning of this track season. But after the state indoor meet over the winter, everything just started clicking for me. I went from 12-8 to 13-6 in my first outdoor meet of the year.”
Russia’s Cole Tebbe didn’t make the finals in the 110 high hurdles, he had the 16th fastest time of 16.04.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.