Covington boys 4×100 relay takes 7th at state

Mike Ullery/Civitas Media Covington’s Ethan Herron carries the baton during the 4×100 relay Saturday at the Division III state meet in Columbus.

Mike Ullery/Civitas Media Milton-Union’s Skyler Deeter of runs the 800 at the Division II state meet Saturday in Columbus.

By Josh Brown

COLUMBUS — Plug and place.

That’s the philosophy on Covington’s boys relay teams. Despite the graduation of a number of talented runners each year over the past few years, they keep finding ways to perform at the highest level.

They did so once again Saturday at the Division III state track and field meet at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus, as the 4×100 team of Ethan Herron, Shane Straw, Brandon Magee and Ben Miller earned a spot on the podium with a seventh-place finish in a time of 44.68 seconds.

“Being on the podium was nice,” said Magee. “The race today seemed slow, though, at least compared to what we did at the regional.”

Still, with one of each year — Herron is a freshman, Straw a sophomore, Magee a junior and Miller a senior — the team is poised to keep the tradition going.

“We’ve just kept losing people that are fast and replacing them,” Magee said. “It’s pretty amazing. But trying to figure out who’s going to replace Ben (Miller) next year is going to be pretty hard.”

“We were all pretty close to begin with, so that helped a lot,” Straw said.

And while the group already had one day to experience the state meet running in the preliminaries on Friday, the finals is a different thing altogether.

“It was a whole new atmosphere, and it was amazing,” Herron said. “(Coming down the final stretch, hearing the roar of the crowd) gave me chills.”

Miller also ran the 300 hurdles finals, but he was disqualified after running a time of 40.04 seconds and finishing seventh.

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It wasn’t the way Milton-Union’s Skyler Deeter wanted the season to end.

But despite not reaching the podium, he was still happy to be running at the Division II state track and field meet Saturday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.

Running the 800 for the Bulldogs, Deeter finished the race 10th in 1:57.68.

“I didn’t finish as well as I wanted,” Deeter said. “But I was glad I made it here this year. There’s a lot of kids that can’t say that they did.

“It’s awesome,” he said of the atmosphere and the crowd. “It really is. There aren’t many words that can describe it.”

Deeter came into the race with the 15th-best seed time from the regional. In indoor season in the winter, the Milton-Union senior had the 16th-best time and finished fifth.

Dunbar’s Brian Bell won the race in 1:54.53.

“Kids just keep getting better and better,” he said. “It’s fun to be compete with them.”

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