By David Fong
COLUMBUS — Brady McBride capped off his career in grand style.
In his first trip to the state track and field meet, 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.
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