Isaac Brooks

Madison's Isaac Brooks competes in the 110 meter hurdles at the Ohio Cardinal Conference meet at Ashland University's Ferguson Field. Brooks placed third in the 300 meter hurdles Saturday in the Division I state track and field tournament at Hilliard Darby High School.

HILLIARD — Isaac Brooks ran the race Madison coach Andrew Saris knew he could.

Brooks set a personal record in the 300 meter hurdles on the final day of the Division I state meet at Darby Stadium, finishing third in 38.32 seconds.

Mount Vernon’s Erich Rhodeback won the event in 37.95. Columbus Beechcroft’s Jayden Douglas, the younger brother of former Madison great Frank Douglas, was second in 38.24. Frank Douglas placed third at state in the 300 hurdles for Madison in 2015

As for Brooks, the junior came in seeded second behind Rhodeback after running a 38.47 in the semifinals. He improved by nearly a quarter-second in the finals.

“My coaches tell me I need to be aggressive,” Brooks said earlier this season.

Brooks just missed out on qualifying for the finals in the 110 hurdles Friday, finishing ninth. He was able to refocus on the 300s later in the afternoon, much to Saris’ delight.

“It was a great day for Isaac,” Brooks said. “He knew he was going to have to run a near-flawless race in the 110s on Friday and he got ninth. But he was able to turn his attention to the 300s.

“To be in the top three in Division I in the state of Ohio is a tremendous accomplishment. He’s got a lot of momentum going into his senior year.”

Madison’s Kami Baker finished 12th in the shot put competition. The senior capped her career with a throw of 38 feet, 7.74 inches.

“When you get to these big meets, you can’t get away with not having a peak performance,” Saris said. “Kami threw really well today. With the competition we saw, she has a lot to be proud of.”

Lexington distance aces Halle Hamilton and Joanna Halfhill capped their high school careers in style. Hamilton took ninth in the 3,200 in 11:18.45, while Halfhill was 13th in the 1,600 in 5:17.92.

Mansfield Senior’s Amil Upchurch placed 16th in the high jump competition with a leap of 6-2.

Ashland’s Dylan Hickey also raced to 16th place in the 1,600. Hickey crossed the finish line in 4:21.62.

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