COLUMBUS - Ben Miller took home his fifth state medal on Saturday to conclude his high school career as one of the most gifted athletes in Covington history.
Still, Miller walked off the track disappointed as he was disqualified in the finals of 300 meter hurdles after crossing the finish line in seventh in the time of 40.07. This, after falling at regionals in the 110's, another event he had high aspirations of finishing high on the podium at state.
But as disappointed as Miller was immediately after his final race, he will one day realize how amazing his high school athletic career really was.
He was a two-time state placer in wrestling and earned three state medals in track - two as a junior and one as a senior. He is the only Covington athlete to place at state in two entirely different sports and joins Jackie Siefring as the only Covington athlete to earn five state medals.
And his final state medal may be his crowning achievement because he was not only competing for himself, but for three teammates who wanted a state medal of their own.
Miller ran the second leg for in the 4x100 relay with Ethan Herron, Shane Straw and Brandon Magee and finished seventh in the time of 44.68 - a slower time than what they put up at regionals, but good enough to get on the podium.
"That time is not good at all," Magee, who ran the anchor leg, said. "We ran a faster time at the regionals."
At the same time, they accomplished something Covington hadn't in the previous two years.
Last year, A.J. Ouellette and Dalton Bordelon ran on the relay team before graduating.
"And the year before, we had Troy Cron," Magee said. "I was not expecting this at all. To get up on the podium, that was an amazing feeling. We wanted to get Ben up there in his senior year."
For Straw and Herron, it was a special accomplishment just to have the opportunity to compete at state.
"It was amazing to be able to run over here," Straw said. "To get up on the podium was great."
"This was a different environment," he said. "It is exciting to run over here. It definitely raises our expectations for next year."