By Josh Brown
COLUMBUS — After a disappointing finish in the discus — her signature event — on Friday, Milton-Union’s Beyonce Bobbitt came into the shot put with no expectations.
She left it with her first ever appearance in the state finals.
Bobbitt, a sophomore, threw a personal-best 38-10 on her final throw of the preliminary round of the girls shot put Saturday morning, climbing all the way to eighth place and earn a spot in the finals, finishing in ninth place on the day — her best performance yet at the Division II state track and field meet in Columbus.
“Yeah, there was a lot less pressure,” Bobbitt said. “I was disappointed that I didn’t do great in the discus. I was here in that last year, too, and you’d think you’d learn from last year’s mistakes.
“It was a surprise that I even made it to state in the shot. And making it to the finals today? That’s what was crazy.”
Bobbitt entered Friday’s discus competition with the sixth-best qualifying regional throw — and with even bigger throws during the regular season. She finished 13th and didn’t make the finals, though … but with the weight of those expectations off of her shoulders, she was able to let loose on Saturday.
“Performance-wise, today was real nice,” Milton-Union throwing coach Dan Studebaker said. “She PRed, and that’s all any coach can ask for on any given day.”
On the first throw of the finals, though, Shelby’s CeCe King threw 39-0.5, jumping in front of Bobbitt for the final spot on the podium — which, though she was happy to reach the finals, left Bobbitt wanting more for next year.
Studebaker began, “Getting caught from behind, that’s a thing that …”
“… I need to make sure doesn’t happen again,” Bobbitt finished. The second-to-last throw at the district and regional in the discus knocked me to second, then the third-to-last throw here in the shot. But I plan on coming back here next year.
“I wanted to get the school record today, that was my main goal. I didn’t get that, and I need to work on my delivery here at state. But I’m happy. I’m not disappointed at all. I never thought I’d do better in the shot than in the discus.”
Sometimes the best things are the unexpected.
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