COLUMBUS, Ohio — The goal for any track and field athlete in the state of Ohio is to finish your career on the podium at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Meigs senior Cory Scarberry achieved that goal on Friday in the capital city, placing sixth in the boys’ seated shot put event, with a toss of nine-feet and six-and-a-half inches.
“Cory did well, his p-r (personal record) 10-4, but this is a big stage,” Marauders throws coach Tyler Brothers said. “He went out and competed, placed sixth out of seven and that’s a big accomplishment for him. Fifth place was within reach, but it just didn’t happen today.”
Bowling Green freshman Eric Rine won the boys’ seated shot put with a distance of 16-10.75, just 1.75 inches farther than runner-up Corey Chiou, who is a freshman at Hillard Davidson. Zion Clark of Washington was third with a distance of 16-5, Lakewood’s Rollin Abbott was next at 15-9, while Wellsville senior Michael Reiner was fifth with a toss of 10-9.25. Following Scarberry was Brandon Lanning of North Baltimore with a distance of 8-9.
As a junior, Scarberry finished fifth in the boys’ seated shot put, tossing seven-feet and two-and-a-half inches. Scarberry’s 2015 performance tied Mason Metts 2009 finish in the boys’ shot put as the best finish at the state meet in Marauders track and field history.
“Cory gets really excited about this, so I’m really glad he had this opportunity,” Meigs head coach Mike Kennedy said. “His experience has been a big help, because he started the year throwing p-r throws and he’s been really consistent. I think he learned what he was doing last year, and he really put it into practice this year. We are very fortunate to have been able to purchase a throwing chair, and we’d like to thank Meigs Local for putting in the time and money to get that for him. It’s really made a big difference.
Scarberry entered the state meet with the sixth best qualifying throw, at 10-4. The state record in the boys’ seated shot put remains 25-8.75, a feat that was reached in 2015 by Kent Roosevelt’s Randy McMullen. McMullen also holds the state meet record with a distance of 24-8.25 last spring.
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