Last throw moves Holcomb to 9th in shot put


By Mark Huber - mhuber@civitasmedia.com



Blanchester track and field coach Tony Blevins reacts when told the distance of the final attempt by Ben Logan’s Reese Wilcoxon, a distance that bumped BHS senior Joe Holcomb off the podium and into ninth place Friday at the state meet.

Blanchester track and field coach Tony Blevins reacts when told the distance of the final attempt by Ben Logan’s Reese Wilcoxon, a distance that bumped BHS senior Joe Holcomb off the podium and into ninth place Friday at the state meet.


Mark Huber | News Journal

Blanchester’s Joe Holcomb was ninth in the OHSAA Division II Track & Field Championship shot put competition Friday morning in Columbus.


Mark Huber | News Journal

Today’s Local State Track, Field Schedule

• Blanchester HS Joe Holcomb discus 930 am D2 State @Ohio State

• Clinton-Massie HS Chris Demler high jump 930 am D2 State @Ohio State

COLUMBUS — Going in to the OHSAA Division II shot put finals Friday morning, only one shot putter could keep Blanchester’s Joe Holcomb off the podium.

And Reese Wilcoxon of Benjamin Logan did just that.

On his last attempt of the state meet, Wilcoxon passed Holcomb by four inches and claimed the eighth and final spot on the podium for the medal presentation at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Holcomb, with a best toss of 51-1.5, finished ninth.

“I came in (feeling) fine, I just didn’t do what I needed to do, I guess,” said a sullen Holcomb following the event.

Holcomb will return to the shot and discus area Saturday morning to compete in the Division II discus.

“This was still a good experience,” said Holcomb. “I was really nervous because I was expecting something a lot more.”

Holcomb and Wilcoxon were tied at 51-1.5 going into the final round. Holcomb had the next best throw so he would have been declared the eighth-place finisher had neither athlete surpassed that mark.

Holcomb fouled on his first attempt in the finals and later declared “that was easily my best throw.”

On his last attempt, Wilcoxon went 51-5.5 while Holcomb fouled for the third time in six tries.

“I have to use this experience of fouling and just make sure every throw in warmups is the same as I want it to be when I’m actually throwing,” Holcomb said.

Blanchester track and field coach Tony Blevins reacts when told the distance of the final attempt by Ben Logan’s Reese Wilcoxon, a distance that bumped BHS senior Joe Holcomb off the podium and into ninth place Friday at the state meet.
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Blanchester’s Joe Holcomb was ninth in the OHSAA Division II Track & Field Championship shot put competition Friday morning in Columbus.
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By Mark Huber

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Today’s Local State Track, Field Schedule

• Blanchester HS Joe Holcomb discus 930 am D2 State @Ohio State

• Clinton-Massie HS Chris Demler high jump 930 am D2 State @Ohio State