By Josh Brown
COLUMBUS — 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.”
* Bobbitt Finishes 13th
It was the throw Beyonce Bobbitt wanted.
It just didn’t count.
“The tip of my toe went out of the ring,” the Milton-Union freshman said. “I was frustrated. I never foul in competition. I do in practice all the time, sure, but never in competition.”
Bobbitt was thinking about that on her final throw, too, as she adjusted to ensure she didn’t foul again but sacrificed distance, and it led to a 13th-place finish at the Division II state track and field meet Friday morning at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
The freshman — who threw a personal best 121-1 at the regional tournament to place third — finished with a 112-4 on her third throw. Her first attempt on the day was a 106-7, and while her second throw had the distance that may have put her in the finals and given her three more attempts on the day, it was wiped off the board.
Still, as one of three freshmen in the field — and the other two placed 15th and 16th — it was a quality experience for young Bobbitt to have.
“I didn’t throw my best, but I was happy for the experience,” she said. “It was really, really mind-boggling and awesome. Coming in as only a freshman, not many people can say they did what I did.”
“Getting to see a young kid like her throw at state is awesome,” Milton-Union coach Michael Meredith said. “Not only is she talented, but she deserves to be here. She’s just a great kid. She’s a leader in school, and she has all the intangibles. She’s a great Milton-Union representative.
“She’ll take the adversity of not doing well here, and that will lead to greater successes later on. Everyone’s got to go through something like this before they truly succeed.”
Another youngster, Garrettsville Garfield sophomore Lauren Jones, won with a 141-1. Bobbitt went into the day looking to break the Milton-Union school record of 125-5 — a distance that would have been good enough for eighth and a podium spot.
But Bobbitt has plenty of chances left still — and Friday can only help.
“It was good to get to see some other people throw, too,” Bobbitt said. “Maybe I can learn something from watching them. “I’m hoping to come back next year and show what I’ve got.”
“She’s a true student of track and field,” Meredith said. “Being so young, this just all happened so quickly and I don’t think she had time to prepare mentally for this. But coach (Dan) Studebaker will get her back here, and he has gotten kids to perform at this level.
“She’s never been on this stage before. She just needs to make sure this experience fuels her fire and doesn’t put it out.”
Which doesn’t seem like a problem.
“There’s always next year. And the year after that. And the year after that,” Bobbitt said.
Something not everyone gets to say.
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