By David Fong
June 7, 2014
the Division III state track and field meet at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
• Eyes on the Prize
Lane White knew better than to let his focus slip.
“Anything can happen during a race,” the Covington senior said. “No matter what times are coming in, some guy can go out and run or crazy PR, or someone can fall. You’ve got to be prepared for anything.”
And even though White had the fastest time coming into the 400 finals, he still gave everything he had in it, winning the state championship in 48.24 seconds.
“I knew I had it at about 50 meters, but still,” White said. “Anyone can come from behind and pass you. You’ve just got to stay focused and run your race.
“Winning the 400 was the goal, and it feels great. When I was hurt my junior year and couldn’t run here, the goal was to train and come back strong this year.”
After the 400, White wanted to go back and prepare for the 200 finals – which he also had the fastest time in coming into Saturday – but the officials held the 400 runners back for their time on the podium. Still, White came back strong in the 200, finishing second in 21.95 seconds to Lima Central Catholic’s Jamir Coleman (21.88 seconds).
“Sure, it may have affected me a little, but you’ve got so much adrenaline at the state meet, it really didn’t bother me,” White said. “I wanted to recover after the 400 and get back and ready to run the 200. But I feel good with second place in that race. (Coleman) is an excellent runner, and he won three gold medals here. I’m happy with second in the 200.”
• It Works Out In the End
Even with one state championship from Friday already in her collection, Jackie Siefring still had two more chances at another on Saturday.
“Like I said before, with my hip the way it is I don’t feel like it would have been fair to come in here with such high expectations,” the Covington senior said when asked if one was enough. “I just came in today looking to have fun and let things work out for themselves.
“And hey, they worked out just fine,” she added with a smile.
That smile came as a result of winning the 300 hurdles in a time of 43.64 seconds, just holding off Warren JFK’s Morgan Rice – who had won the 100 hurdles earlier in the day – at the finish line.
“She has such good form,” Siefring said. “I’d get a lead between hurdles, but then she’d catch up. I could see her out of the corner of my eye at the end of the race. But that race (the 300 hurdles) has been my pride and joy all four years. I wanted to win it once.”
Siefring had finished third in the 100 hurdles earlier in the day in 14.8 seconds, with Bradford’s Shay LaFollette taking seventh in 15.76 seconds.
“That 100 race is so close and all the girls are so good, I was happy to be close at the end,” Siefring said. “My starts are never that good, but in the 300 you have more time to muscle it out. Honestly, it was an ugly race and my form was really bad, but my speed made up for it.”
Covington’s Ben Miller also placed in both hurdles races, finishing seventh in the 110 hurdles (15.13 seconds) and eighth in the 300 hurdles (40.41 seconds).
“I wanted to be on the podium, but I wasn’t happy with my times,” said Miller, who was taking aim at the school records. “But it is what it is. I’m only a junior and have another year, so hopefully I can come back strong next year and get the record. I got the experience and feel of what the state meet is like.”
• A New Experience
Troy Christian’s Zac Garver competed at the state cross country meet in the fall, but the state track meet is a different environment altogether.
“It’s a lot more intense,” Garver said. “The crowd is close to you the whole race, everyone’s cheering, and it’s such a solid group of great runners. It was fun, I enjoyed it … but it’s a lot more intense.”
Garver ran a solid race, finishing 10th in 4:28.67. He passed three runners down the back stretch in a dead sprint to move up in the standings.
“Unfortunately, I still had something left in the tank at the end,” the sophomore said. “I didn’t run the race I wanted to. I was just giving my all at the end.
“I wanted to get on the podium, and I just missed it. But I’ll learn from it. I’m still young, and now I’ll put in the hard work next year during the summer, cross country in the fall and winter and come back here looking to make a run at it.”
Miami East freshman Marie Ewing also ran her first race at the state meet, finishing 14th in the 800 in 2:25.65.
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