Monte races to podium

COLUMBUS — United junior Jaret Hahn and Beaver Local freshman James Monte have a different way of looking at things.

Both hurdlers ran slower times than in Friday’s preliminaries, but got high finishes in the state track finals Saturday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Hahn was fourth in the Divsision III 110-meter hurdles (15.50) seconds), while Monte was sixth in the Division II 110-meter hurdles (15.01 seconds).

“I ran a better time yesterday,” Hahn said. “I definitely could have done better.

“You want to run your best time. The place is the place you get.”

On the other hand, Monte would rather have a better place than time.

“At state you want a good place,” he said. “You want to be high on the podium.”

Monte’s time would have won in Division III.

“Getting sixth place at state as a freshman isn’t bad,” he said. “I’ll take that.”

Hahn, who is United’s seventh state qualifier in the hurdles in the last 14 years, is looking forward to his senior season.

“Once you finish the race, all the pressure is off,” he said. “I definitely want to stand on top next year. It will take 14.5 or faster.”

Monte didn’t look like a freshman in his first state appearance.

“I got my goal. It’s great,” he said. “I loved every second of it.”

He’s hoping for even better things next year.

“Why not get even higher on the podium,” Monte said. “Strive for first.”

State notes

¯ West Branch senior Brandon Zuchowski tied for ninth place in the Division II boys high jump (6-2). East Liverpool sophomore Cameron Beverly tied for 13th (6-0).

¯ Salem senior Cooper Stockman was 17th in the Division II boys discus with a toss of 143-feet-10. He finished 12th last year.

¯ Malvern junior Zoe Moser repeated as the state champion in the Division III girls 200 dash (25.35) and added a state title in the 100 (12.38).

¯ Norwayne’s longtime coach Terry O’Hare was recognized during Saturday’s meet. O’Hare has had a state qualifier all 45 years of the girls state meet has been held.

¯ Former 400-meter world record-holder and 1988 Olympic gold medalist Butch Reynolds from Akron was on hand Saturday.

¯ Elida junior KeShawn Spivey, the state indoor champion, crashed to the ground with an apparent leg injury, but Monte didn’t didn’t know it was happening ahead of him.

“I didn’t see him at all,” Monte said. “I didn’t realize it until someone said it later.”

¯ Monte had a great start on the way to a second-place finish in his heat in Friday’s preliminaries, but it wasn’t the same on Saturday.

“It wasn’t as good, sadly enough,” he said.

¯ Hahn also plays soccer in the fall.

“They have their differences, but I like them the same,” he said.