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.
But now, more than ever, that streak is in jeopardy. We snuck by in 2020 with an even 60-footer at the State Meet, before the Season went kaput. Now, exactly one year later, with Spring Track the last bastion of competition, things will look to be cutting it close.
The top returning thrower in the State is Jayden Dubard (Cheektowaga), who threw 58-0 last Indoor Season. However, he hasn't thrown in a competition since, despite limited opportunities in the neighboring Spire Institute of Ohio. In his place, the PSAL's Michael Pinckney (HS For Construction) became the new State Leader in 2021, but his club season was cut short when the Armory shut down in early January. With some Weight Throw performances later in the year, his Shot State Leader stands from December 3rd, where he threw 58-8.25.
The current streak is now 11 years old. Let's see what heavy lifting the State has been doing in quarantine, and if we can lift ourselves to another year of that magic barrier.
|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|
|2020||Indoor||Quinn Smith||Hampton Bays||60-0|