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Hedrick doubles up bronze at Div. III state championships

Mark Hazelwood • Updated Jun 1, 2019 at 12:04 AM

COLUMBUS — One unique aspect about track and field is the variables out of an athlete’s control.

St. Paul senior thrower Davis Hedrick experienced that twice on Friday in the Division III shot put and discus throw competitions at the state championships at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.

Hedrick placed third in both events to give him dueling bronze medals while representing the Flyers.

In the discus, Hedrick’s regional throw of 179-feet-5 was the top seed in the event. However, McDonald’s Zach Gray popped off a 179-6 on his second throw, and the challenge for a state title was an uphill climb from there.

Ultimately, Hedrick finished with a best throw of 171-feet-4, which was also behind Van Buren’s Tyler Arbaugh (178-4).

“I wish it could end on top of the podium, but things don’t go your way and sometimes you have a rough day,” Hedrick said. “But it is what it is. I had a good season.

“I went out on top at most meets, but today didn’t go my way,” he added. “It happens. I’m disappointed that it wasn’t first place, but two thirds is nothing to be upset about.”

Hedrick said Gray’s big early throw didn’t affect him.

“I knew he had a better season PR than me and I’d have to perform just as good or better than last week,” he said. “It was more in my own head and critiquing myself than what others did. Obviously it didn’t click and happen for me tonight.

“But when I step back and look at it, I had two throws over 170, and coming from a huge PR last week, I can’t complain, Hedrick added. “These last two weeks were my first times over 170 feet this season consistently. It feels good.”

In the shot put, Columbiana Crestview’s Dominic Perry came in with a seed over 60 feet — then pushed it out to 62-feet-11 to win by seven feet.

Gray was second at 55-feet-3.25, while Hedrick was next at 55-feet-0.5. His two throws also helped St. Paul to a third-place finish after the first day in the team standings.

“I knew I had a huge challenge in front of me in the shot,” Hedrick said. “There was some tweak and form work the past few weeks. I can make excuses all day — but he’s a better thrower and came ready to rock and roll. I was where I was most of the season. I just didn’t hit the big throw I needed to. It wasn’t bad.”

Hedrick and the rest of the throwers also endured a 2.5-hour rain and lightening delay for the discus. However, the three-time state placer said it actually worked to his benefit.

“I was a little gassed after the shot put,” he said. “Out in the sun, straining myself — I was pretty tired. You come off the adrenaline high and you feel it.

“I was achy a bit, and with the delay I got to lay down and take a nap for a little while,” Hedrick added. “If anything it helped me out.”

After placing seventh in the discus last season, and adding the two bronze medals on Friday, Hedrick talked about his lasting memories of the state championship experience.

“Just my friends and family being there for me,” he said. “I had family coming in from different parts of the state, and some of my classmates coming down two hours from Norwalk to get here.

“I love having support, because I know track isn’t the most exciting sport to watch,” Hedrick added. “But they were out here for me and it means a lot. I will miss that, and definitely remember that for a long time.”

 

Endsley earns All-Ohio

As a sophomore, St. Paul’s Camille Endsley also earned All-Ohio honors and a spot on the podium as well Friday evening.

She finished tied for sixth place.

Competing in the Div. III high jump, Endsley cleared 4-feet-10 and five feet on her first attempts. After missing 5-2 on her first try, she cleared it on the second of three possible attempts.

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