Solon’s Dalton Ferguson didn’t win the Class 3A boys shot put, but he put a big scare into the guy who did. Ferguson threw his personal best, 55 feet, 6 inches, early in the proceedings to likely lock up at least the runner-up spot.
But at the end of the finals he unleashed a throw that couldn’t help strike fear into the leader, Mount Pleasant’s Emmett Wester.
“He went off,” Wester said. “He had a great toss. My stomach dropped. I was like, ‘Man, he just beat me.’ I hated to see him scratch. Man, he had a great toss.”
Wester was the winner with a throw of 58-1½.
“Oh yeah, 58, 57,” Ferguson said, estimating that final throw that was declared a foul. “He would have had to think about it.”
Ferguson said his success was a combination of the training he was doing in the weight room and getting into the right ‘power position.’ His previous best was 53-10½, and he was seventh at the Drake Relays with that throw.
“I felt like I was really, really explosive off my hip,” he said. “I don’t know, I just felt explosive.
“It’s been a lot of hard work. In the weight room every single set was ‘X’ amount of weight and three reps so you’re more and more explosive.”
* ROUND THE TRACK: Highland’s Sam Dutton was third in the Class 1A high jump by clearing 5-2. West Liberty’s Kristi Feldman was fourth in the discus with a throw of 130-7. The Comets’ Tyler Newsom was fifth in the boys discus. Newsom threw a personal best 161 feet. Regina’s Alex Balke was eighth with a throw of 153-8.
Solon’s boys 4×200 relay of Jacob Black, Jordan Wymer, Riley Takes and Jonah Kuntz placed fifth in 1:30.80, a season-best performance. Clear Creek Amana was seventh in 1:31.50.
Kathy Kaalberg of West Liberty was seventh in the high jump after clearing 5 feet. Clear Creek Amana’s Tyhesia Simpson was seventh in the long jump with a leap of 16-5¾.
Mid-Prairie’s girls 4×200 was seventh in 1:48.91, a season-best, and the Golden Hawks’ distance medley was eighth in 4:22.13, cutting 10 seconds off its best time.
Lone Tree’s Bryan Forbes was eighth in the Class 1A high jump after clearing 6-0.