Cordle, Keeney place in discus

Published 12:00 am Sunday, June 8, 2003

DAYTON -- Dan Cordle saved his best for first, which made it good enough for eighth.

Britani Keeney also did her best work at the start, which was good enough for sixth place. But she wasn't quite as satisfied.

Keeney, the state runner-up last year, threw 127-feet, 8 inches on her first throw Friday and finished sixth in the discus event of the Division II state track meet.

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"I wanted to win, but it's not that important," Keeney said. "I wanted to throw better. I was throwing 150 in warmups. I didn't throw even close to what I can throw and I know it."

Keeney won the regional meet last week with a throw of 134-7. Allison Booth of Shelby defended her state title in the event with a throw of 147-5.

Keeney, a senior who has signed with Marshall University, had a throw in the 130-foot range on her final attempt in the finals but narrowly fouled.

"I just couldn't stay in (the ring)," Keeney said.

Cordle threw a personal-best 153-feet, 7 inches to place eighth in the state Division III discus event.

The throw came on his first attempt of the meet. He also had three other excellent throws of 149-3, 149-1, and 148-4.

"My best throw came at a good time," Cordle said. "It's not always my first throw that's my best. This time it was my best throw."

Cordle qualified for the state meet in the discus last year but failed to place. Finishing among the top eight in his senior year was one of his goals.

"It feels good to come up here and place. I've worked hard all year," Cordle said.

Cordle said he had not been working out on a regular basis during the tournament run because of the weather. He said he felt rested, but he wasn't sure how the lack of work would effect his technique.

"I missed five days before the district and I missed six days before the regionals because of the rain. I don't mind any weather except rain. I felt good, but I don't know if it had anything to do with the layoff," Cordle said.

Coal Grove head coach Steve Cook was happy for Cordle.

"Dan's a real good kid who works hard. He never gets real emotional one way or the other. I happy for him. He gave his best performance in his last meet," Cook said.

Wheelersburg's Adam Salyers was fifth in the shot put with a heave of 53-5 1/2.

Chesapeake Lady Panthers 4×100 relay team of Brittney Pollock, Lindsey Thomas, Joy Mayenchein and Lisa Perry ran a 52.2 and placed seventh in their preliminary heat.