Demler 10th, Holcomb 14th as prep season comes to end

By Mark Huber -

COLUMBUS — Clinton-Massie’s Chris Demler and Blanchester’s Joe Holcomb ended their high school careers Saturday at the OHSAA Division II Track & Field Championship at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

Demler finished 10th in the high jump and Holcomb was 15th in the discus during competition on the Ohio State University campus.

Demler cleared 6-0 and 6-2 with ease as competition opened.

As the bar was moved to 6-3, there were 11 athletes remaining, with Demler being on of them.

But the CMHS senior was unable to negotiate 6-3 and was knocked out of the event. There were nine jumpers who cleared 6-3.

Demler’s personal best was 6-4, which he posted at last week’s Region 8 meet at Piqua High School.

Springfield Shawnee freshman Robie Glass won the high jump by clearing 6-8. Jeremy Hayton of Hillsboro was third overall.

Holcomb, who finished ninth in Friday’s shot put competition, came in to Saturday’s discus with the 14th best throw from the regional meets around the state. Holcomb had a best of 143-5 last week at the Region 8 meet.

However, on Saturday, Holcomb was unable to recapture that effort. Following a foul on his first attempt, Holcomb had throws of 129-8 and 137-3.

Sam Meece of Napolean, who won the shot put Friday, posted a double state championship by winning the discus on Saturday by nearly 24 feet with a best throw of 183-6.

By Mark Huber

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