Peterson working to put his name in Washington history
Tommy Peterson, 17, is a junior at Washington High School and is starting to make a name for himself throwing the shot put.
Peterson has been throwing the shot put since the seventh grade, and is starting to see the fruit of his labors.
“The key for me has been lifting. As I’ve gotten stronger in the weight room my distance has really improved. I’ve gone from throwing 42 to 45 and now averaging around 48 [feet],” Peterson said.
The proof that he has been putting in the work is in the numbers. Peterson threw a 47-6 at the Demon Indoor back on March 6. Peterson then hit a meet-best and personal-best at the Central College Indoor on March 21, throwing a 51-10. That throw started his string of three consecutive first-place finishes in his class. Peterson threw a 48-5 on March 28 at the Washington Relays and a 47-2½ on March 31 at the Falcon Relays to claim first-place finishes at both meets in Class A.
Peterson says that one of his goals coming into the season was to qualify for the Drake Relays. He has already accomplished that, as his throw at Central qualified him for Drake.
Tommy is the son of Tim and Dawn Peterson of Washington. Outside of throwing the shot put, he also enjoys fishing and hunting and plays football.
With the rest of this season and his entire senior campaign yet to come, there is ample opportunity for Peterson to perhaps finish as one of the most prolific shot put throwers that Washington High School has ever seen.