PIQUA — It’s been a dream season for Bryan senior Keegan Brown and it continued on Thursday in Piqua as he claimed a Division II regional title in the boys discus with a toss of 157 feet, 8 inches.
In the process, Brown also advanced to next week’s OHSAA Track and Field State Championships for the first time in his career.
“Honestly, I didn’t feel as much emotion as I would expect, because only throwing 157-something, I know there’s a lot there that I missed out on,” said Brown, who holds a personal best of 181-6. “I had a couple big fouls today, so surprisingly I didn’t feel as much emotion as you’d imagine, but I’m still really happy I get to go on another week to state and hopefully get a chance to capitalize on a big PR next week.”
Brown fouled on his first throw of the day, but bounced back with a toss of 157-2 with his third throw to take the lead and clinch a spot in the finals.
He threw 157-8 in his second throw of finals, which held for the victory. Brookville’s Evan Kaminski followed close behind in second with a throw of 156-11.
“There was actually a strong tailwind today, which you would think since it’s blowing at your back, it would carry the disc, but it’s actually one of the hardest winds to throw in,” Brown said. “That was one of the contributing factors to the low distance, but everyone else is throwing in it, so there’s really no excuses.”
Bryan throwing coach Thomas Goodrich said considering the strong tailwind, he didn’t want Brown to focus so much on distance. Rather, he wanted him to take things one step at a time — first, qualify for Thursday’s finals, then, “It was all about the number four,” said Goodrich, referring to the top four spot needed to get to states.
And with Brown’s mission accomplished, Goodrich was proud as could be.
“He’s the type of kid that works really, really hard at it,” Goodrich said. “He’s one of those examples that as a parent, you’d like to have your kid emulate that. He’s setting out to do things and putting in the work that’s required to be a great athlete. The work ethic is really what’s carried him.
“If you look at Keegan, his physical stature isn’t that of a stereotypical thrower. So he’s really got to work at it to be where he’s at. ... And that’s really a testimony to his work ethic and the kind of time he puts into it.”
Brown will return to Piqua on Saturday to take part in the shot put and compete for a top four spot in order to advance to the state meet.
Elsewhere around the track for Bryan on Thursday, the girls 4x800-meter relay team of Shallyn Miley, Audrey Zimmerman, Haylee Wheeler and Addison Oberlin placed 10th with a time of 10:13.08.
A trio of Bryan relay teams were also in action in prelims on Thursday.
The boys 4x100 team of Brycen Andrews, Drew Peters, Alex Potvin and Thibaut Woolace advanced to Saturday’s finals with the eighth and final spot in a time of 44.14 seconds.
The boys 4x200 team of Peters, Tyler Manon, Owen Potvin and Alex Potvin, however, saw their team’s run come to an end by placing 10th in 1:33.14.
Manon did, however, qualify for finals in the 400 by placing third in 50.02.
The Bryan girls 4x100 of Alissa Dewitt, Ali Dubois, Meggie Voigt and Taylor Peters had their run come to an end as well by placing 11th in 52.29.
Miley fell short of qualifying for the finals of the girls 400 by placing 12th in 1:01.59.
Also in the action from around the area, Napoleon’s Kaelynn Glanz qualified for finals of the girls 100 hurdles by placing seventh in 16.17.
The Napoleon boys 4x100 of Michael Chipps, Autavian Fields, Alex Krass and Brandon Moll placed 16th in 49.38, failing to advance to finals.
Archbold’s Trey Theobald qualified for finals of the boys 400 by placing eighth in 52.64, but fell short in the 200 by placing 12th in 23.49.
Theobald, along with Tony Grime, Elijah Zimmerman and Austin Roth fell short in the 4x400 by placing 10th in 3:33.88.
Archbold’s Matthew Gladieux was fifth in the discus with a toss of 149-4, while his teammate Mason Babcock was 11th with a throw of 130-1.
The Wauseon girls 4x800 of Serena Mathews, Samantha Aeschliman, Maggie Duden and Hannah Richer was 14th in 10:28.9.
Wauseon’s Paige Allison Smith was 11th in the girls 200 prelims in 26.99.
Wauseon’s Xavier Torres was sixth in the boys long jump with a leap of 21-6.5.
Wauseon’s Sydney Zirkle was 11th in the girls shot put with a throw of 34-7.75.
The Defiance girls 4x800 team of Emily Wahl, Lauren Morales, Katie Crites and Shay Soukup was second and advanced to the state meet with a time of 9:34.84, narrowly falling to champion Indian Hills (9:34.66).
The Division II regional track meet in Piqua continues Saturday at 11 a.m. with field events and 12:30 p.m. with running finals.