Washington’s Peterson has a career-best throw at the Brookhart-Crew Relays
FAIRFIELD — Washington’s Tommy Peterson finally got the throw his coaches had been looking for.
The sophomore shot putter had a career-best throw of 48 feet, 3.75 inches to take third place at Monday’s Brookhart-Crew Relays in Fairfield.
“He’s been close,” Washington head boys’ track and field coach Steve Roth said of Peterson. “He’d scratched on a couple of 49s already. Coach [Scott] Danielson has spent a lot of time working with him on falling out of the ring, and it’s really paid off.”
Peterson’s career-best throw heading into the Brookhart-Crew Relays was 46 feet, 4 inches. But he threw nearly two feet further on Monday night.
“He’s consistently getting better and consistently taking care of himself,” Roth said. “Each throw is getting better and better. Tommy has bought into what Coach Danielson has taught him, and he keeps improving.”
Several of Washington’s events showed improvement on Monday night. The Demons’ shuttle hurdle relay team of Jacob Hennigan, Jack Giardino, Jeff Knupp and Gage Redlinger ran a season-best time of 1:02.84, but finished behind outstanding squads from Fort Madison, Mt. Pleasant and Centerville.
“We’re getting there,” Roth said of his shuttle hurdle quartet. “We ran a 1:01.62 last year to get [to state]. We’re very close, and I’m very pleased with the way they’re coming together.”
Hennigan, a sophomore, also ran a personal-best time of 15.57 seconds in the 110-meter high hurdles, taking third place.
“He’s just getting better and better,” Roth said of Hennigan.
Both of Washington’s high jumpers — senior Austin Witt and freshman Michael Ellingson — cleared 5 feet, 6 inches for the first time in their careers. And junior Garrett Covington took third place in the 100-meter dash in a personal-best time of 11.85 seconds.
Washington’s 4x200 relay team of Carl Sivels, Redlinger, Kyle Roder and Witt took third place in 1:34.94, and the 4x400 squad of Justin Hoffman, Noah Lebsack, Alan Sanchez and Austin Latcham was fourth in 3:37.94. The quartet of Ethan Hansen, Bryce Rickey, Giardino and Jacob Green finished fifth in the 4x100 relay in 48.45 seconds, and the 1,600 medley relay team of Tanner Knupp, Hansen, Spencer Woods and Curtis Vest was sixth in 4:13.32.
With the Southeast Conference meet being pushed up from Thursday to tonight due to poor weather in the forecast, Roth only ran his athletes in one or two events on Monday night. But he wasn’t pleased with their concentration.
“I would have liked to have seen better focus from my guys,” Roth said. “Maybe they were thinking about conference. I don’t know what happened.”
Roth said he knows that Peterson will be focused for the conference meet tonight. Peterson will be competing against the two Mt. Pleasant throwers who finished ahead of him in Fairfield on Monday night.
“I think he gets psyched up when he’s throwing against Mt. Pleasant kids,” Roth said. “They’re throwing 50, and now he’s throwing 48, and that’s outstanding for Tommy.”