Wester wins shot put at Demon Indoor
IOWA CITY — The Mt. Pleasant throwers got the boys’ track and field season off to a good start.
Emmett Wester won the shot put at the Demon Indoor meet in Iowa City on Thursday night with a throw of 54-10 1/2.
The throw set a meet record and was the second longest in Mt. Pleasant school history.
Coach Scot Lamm estimates that the throw will be good enough to qualify Wester for the Drake Relays. In the last four years, any throw over 51-7 has qualified.
Wester was a state qualifier in the shot put last season, placing ninth overall with a throw of 50-1, so he’s picking up right where he left off, and he’s aiming for a school record.
Right now, the record his held by Steve English, and it was set in 1994. English was a Drake Relays champion, and his farthest throw is 61-10 3/4.
“That’s Emmett’s goal; that’s what he’s shooting for,” Lamm said.
The Panthers’ Justin Dunn placed third in the shot put with a throw of 50-1.
Dunn was a state placewinner in the discus last season, taking fifth with a throw of 158-7.
“They’ve both been practicing since day one, since the first day we could practice,” Lamm said.
Wester and Dunn, both seniors, were the only athletes that competed in Iowa City.
“We didn’t think the runners were quite ready,” Lamm said.
The Panther boys will compete next at the ISU Indoor on March 12.