By Josh Brown
COLUMBUS — Miami East’s Mack Rose was less than pleased with his performance at state a year ago at the Division III state track and field meet at Jesse Owens Stadium.
And while he turned that into a fifth-place finish in the pole vault this season on Friday, earning his first spot on the podium at the D-III state meet, it was still tinged with the tiniest bit of disappointment after he cleared 14-0 and went out at 14-4, two inches short of his PR.
“I’m pretty pleased,” the senior said. “I think I had more left in me, though. I transitioned to a new pole, and I just hadn’t been on that one yet.
“It’s a pretty great way to leave off, placing at state. I just think I had more left.”
“He did well,” Miami East boys coach Steve Karnehm said. “(At 14-4) he was over it, had the height, but he just could’t get clear of the bar.”
Four other vaulters continued on after 14-4, with Rose and one other dropping out at that height. But Rose hadn’t missed a single jump on the day until getting to 14-4, clearing 13-0, 13-6 and even 14-0 with great ease.
“When I went to the longer pole that I’d never been on, it was just stiffer than I anticipated,” Rose said. “And by then, it was my third jump. I should’ve pulled the standards in a little more.”
Still, it was a marked improvement from only clearing 12-6 a year ago and not finishing in the top 10 — and a solid way to end a great career.
“He’s just such a good kid to coach,” Karnehm said. “I’ve been coaching 30 years, and he’s one of the easiest to coach and one of the most teachable kids I’ve had.”
Miami East discus thrower Megan Kinnison finished her season, taking 10th with a throw of 115-2. Kinnison missed making the finals by just three feet.
Covington’s boys made the finals in both events they were in.
The 400 relay team of Ethan Herron, Ben Miller, Shane Straw and Brandon Magee had the eighth fastest time of 44.48.
“I was hoping for a faster time,” Magee, who ran the anchor leg, said “We ran faster than that at the regional. I am happy to be going tothe finals. We want to get Ben (Miller0 as high up on the podium as we can. Hopefully, he will make it inthe 300 hurdles too.’
Miller did exactly that with the ninth fastest time of 40.74.
“It just didn’t feel smooth,” Miller said. “I hit a couple hurdles and bumped one. I actually felt like I got off to a pretty good start. If I can make finals with that time, I definitely feel like I can move up tomorrow.
“I ran about a second faster than that earlier this year. It is just abour running my best race tomorrow (in the finals). It is nice to be in the final in both events. It is about getting two more medals, really.”
The Covington girls 800 relay team of senior Heidi Cron and freshman Shae Robinson, Tori Lyle and Breanna Kimmel came up just short of making finals.
Covington ran a 1:49.14 in the prelims, but once a disqualified runner of another team’s was announced rumors spread like a wildfire that New London had impeded Covington’s runners.
But Covington coach Dave Tobias put the rumors to rest.
“No, they (New London) were disqualified because they went out of the exchange zone on one of their handoffs,” he explained. “If we were impeded, they would have called us down to give us a choice to run again by ourselves. They (New London) didn’t affect us at all.”
Lehman senior Teddy Jackson advanced to today’s finals in the 110 hurdles.
Jackson has the ninth fastest time of 15.32.
“I felt really good about the race today,” Jackson said. “I feel like an underdog in the race. These other gys have hurdle coaches and I am kind of my own. I just learned to run the hurdles a couple years ago. It is great to be running in the finals. I just have to run a great race.”
Jackson’s twin brother Erik had a great career end in the 400 Friday.
He was 14th with a time of 15.88.
Ben Montgomery’s amazing story ended with a 13th-place finish in the shot put for the Cavaliers Friday.
Montgomery, who had ACL surgery in December and never missed a meet, had a best put of 49-9.
Freshman Alanna O’Leary had an outstanding season end Friday.
She was 16th in the 200 with a time of 26.79.
Houston’s Devon Jester will compete in the 3,200 today as well.
Things get underway with the Division III girls 100 hurdles at 9:30 a.m.
Josh Brown is Sports Editor for the Troy Daily News. He can be reached at (937) 552-2132.