Boes has record day, finishes 8th in discus

COLUMBUS – Three weeks ago at the Sandusky Bay Conference Lake Track and Field Championships in Bellevue, Columbian’s Brook Boes set a personal record in the discus.

Boes threw 111-1, finishing second.

Two weeks later at the Division I regional in Amherst, Boes set another personal mark, reaching 118-9. She finished fourth, just qualifying for state.

But even that throw was the lowest of all 16 competitors at state. It seemed a longshot for the sophomore to even make finals in Columbus.

Turns out, Boes is at her best under pressure.

In her first three throws at her first state tournament, Boes did the unthinkable. She set another personal record.

Then another.

And another.

By the end of the first flight, Boes had thrown a 128-2. It was the fourth-best throw of the flight, and the sixth best throw of the day. She easily made finals.

Then in the final, Boes topped herself again, this time by an inch. Her distance of 128-3 was good enough for eighth place, overall, putting her on the podium Saturday.

In the last three weeks, Boes increased her discus throw by 17 feet.

Boes attributed the jump in her throws to the amount of instruction she received from Columbian throws coach Mike Meadows in recent weeks.

“Being the only one at practice and not having a lot of other people there, and getting a lot of one-on-one time with my coach has really helped me,” she said.

Boes didn’t seem all that surprised by what she had done. Meadows wasn’t surprised either.

But he was excited.

“It’s kind of a storybook day and ending to it,” Meadows said. “She’s had a really good couple of weeks here. PR’d at districts, came out here today and on four of her six throws PR’d. It’s just a testament to her hard work and her commitment, and hopefully to her bright future.”

That hard work was starting to pay off this week.

“All week, all my practice throws have been PRs. I just needed to do that — what I’ve been doing in practice — today,” she said.

Columbian track coach Amy Cooper said Saturday’s performance was about Boes’ commitment.

“She’s been working hard all week with coach Meadows, and she has the desire,” Cooper said. “Even last night, she had planned on coming back next year, and the year after that. And she wants to do well. She works at it, and she deserves every bit of it.”

Clyde’s Hayley Robinett ended her high school track career at state, but not on the state podium.

The senior finished ninth in the Division II girls 400 finals in 59.9 seconds. The top eight are rewarded to with a trip to the podium in front of the crowd.

“It just wasn’t my race today. I was off,” she said. “It just wasn’t my day today, that’s all.”

Robinett ran the race in Lane 9, and the staggered start meant she couldn’t see the rest of the runners until they caught up to her.

Being out all alone was a challenge in an already challenging speedy field, she said.

“There was really no one to chase,” Robinett said. “You’ve just got to try to remember that you’re the one being chased and you’ve got to try to go really hard and not let them catch you.”