Boes TC’s best female thrower ever?

Junior has a case after re-setting school record in discus, placing third

PHOTO BY REBECCA PADULA Columbian's Brook Boes throws in the Division I discus finals in the State Track and Field Championships at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

COLUMBUS — Columbian girls coach Amy Cooper said Brook Boes might be — right now — the best thrower in program history.

Boes came into Saturday’s OHSAA Division I Track and Field Championships already owning Columbian’s record in the discus, and was coming off an eighth-place finish at state last year. She also came in less than a foot away from the program’s shot put record.

Put it this way: If the junior isn’t the best girls thrower in the program’s history yet, her case for the title keeps getting stronger.

Boes re-set her discus record, registering 145-1 with her second throw Saturday. That toss got her to third in Division I.

She followed that up by throwing 39-11 3/4 with her second attempt in the shot put. It wasn’t a school record, but it was a personal one, and sent Boes to the finals.

The junior was unable to better that throw, and finished ninth.

Still, to PR at state — which Boes has done three times in two years — capped what has quickly turned into a remarkable career.

“I work hard for this,” Boes said afterward. “I spent all offseason working on discus. I couldn’t really throw shot (in the offseason) because of an injury I had, but I worked so hard the last two weeks to try this.”

But maybe the biggest question is how Boes manages to thrive the most when the stakes are the highest.

“She seems to be the kind of athlete that perseveres under pressure,” Columbian throwers coach Mike Meadows said.“She came down last year at state, and broke out big time in the discus … she works her tail off all season, gets as many throws as she can. She dedicates herself to her craft, and when you get a big moment, she shines.”

And to be in the conversation as the school’s best all-time female thrower?

“It’s a really great feeling,” she said. “I really like where I’m at right now. I’m looking forward to continuing to improve next year.”

And that’s the other thing.

Boes isn’t done. She still has her senior year ahead.

“It’s kind of the tip of the iceberg,” Meadows said. “I know she’ll continue to work all year in the offseason, and hopefully come down here and improve once again.”

Another area thrower competed Saturday. Bellevue’s Payton Vogel advanced to the state meet as an at-large bid a week ago in the Division II shot put. Vogel went 37-2 on her third and final attempt, and finished 12th.