Can you feel it? This past weekend, we were just three-and-a-quarter inches away from having our first 60-foot Shot Put throw of the season.
Up at the Williamsville Invite, reigning Indoor State Champ John Surdej (Lancaster) was pushing his personal best out to a 59-8.25 in the Shot Put. The mark would improve his best ever mark Outdoors by two feat, while also improving his All-Time best of 59-1 thrown Indoors.
The 60-foot mark in the Boys Shot Put is one of those "magic marks" in HS Track & Field that are major benchmarks in the sport. Not only that, but New York has a long tradition of surpassing that mark. We have done so for every year straight since 2009, with a four-year-streak before that from 2004 to 2008. Last year, we saw three new additions to the list, led by Jack Zimmerman (Briarcliff) at 61-2.75.
Even more impressive is the legacy that Lancaster holds. Routinely one of the top throwing schools in the State, over the past three years they have had one 60+ thrower in Colin Blair (Class of '17), as well as Connor Strusienski (Class of '16) at 59-9.5. Likewise, their female throwers are just as good, hosting the prior Shot Put State Record holder in Melissa Kurzdorfer (Class of '10) with her 49-9.5.
Check out the chart below, and we'll see who else can add their name to the list.
|Year||Season First Broke||Name||Team||Season Best|
|Indoor||Josh Dupuis||Tupper Lake||61-8|
|2005||Indoor||John Hickey||Tappan Zee||63-11.75|
|2007||Indoor||Walter Henning||St. Anthony's||64-1.75|
|2011||Indoor||"Chuk" Enekwechi||Francis Lewis||62-4.5|
|2013||Indoor||Devon Patterson||Williamsville South||60-4.75|
|Outdoor||Benjamin Bonhurst||Smithtown East||61-11|
|Indoor||Eric Favors||North Rockland||63-0.5|
|Outdoor||"Pobo" Efekoro||Forrest Hills||60-9.5|
|Indoor||Jaelen Vasquez||Cardinal Hayes||60-4.5|
|2016||Indoor||Andrew Cannistraci||Iona Prep||62-0.75|
|Outdoor||Danny Byrne||King's Park||60-2.5|