Athletes sitting in the valley are expected to compete in the track and field championships
BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – The only two seated track and field athletes in Mahoning County will compete at the OHSAA Track and Field Championships this weekend.
After finishing in the top 10 in his first and second years, Senior Boardman Micah Beckwith will compete in all four sitting events: the 100m, 400m, 800m and shot put.
“I was lucky enough,” Beckwith said. “I was able to qualify for the States almost from the first or second competition every year. After that, I just focus on my own time. If there are other athletes seated, just try to compete with theirs if there are any. For the most part, I’m just trying to improve my own times.
On his second trip to the United States, Canfield junior Cody Piver will compete in the 100m, 400m and shot put. He says that regardless of the outcome, he is proud of his accomplishments this season.
“Even if that means I get the last place or the fifth place in a heat or a final or a semi-final, I still know that at the end of the day, all the work I have done during this season has paid off, ”Piver mentioned.
While competing on a big stage, the duo hope to raise awareness among seated athletes and inspire others.
“We are getting the message across that not all people who exercise are valid,” Piver said. “And that’s a big, big, big part. Go out, show the world, especially other people with disabilities, that you can go out and do that too. All you have to do is really, really, really want it.
Beckwith and Piver are friends off the track and can’t wait to race against each other.
“Most of the local meets, we end up seeing each other, so we race against each other quite often,” Beckwith added. “In fact, I added it on some social networks. so we keep in touch.
“It’s definitely a friendly rivalry, that’s how I would phrase it,” Piver said. “A very friendly rivalry. We are great friends off the track. On the track, however, we get dirty.
Beckwith and Piver will compete at Hilliard Darby High School. Their first event, the shot put, is scheduled for Friday at 1 p.m.