Big shot: Colfax's Perry sets new record
After flirting with the Colfax High varsity boys shot put record in his first meet of the season, Austin Perry went out last Saturday and, putting it mildly, obliterated the 9-year-old standard.
Competing at the CAL Invitational at Whitney High, Perry eclipsed the old Colfax High shot put record by an astonishing 4 feet 2 inches with a first-place winning heave of 55 feet 2 inches.
“It was one of the most amazing feats I’ve ever witnessed in track,” said Colfax weight coach Mondo Alonzo, who has coached at Colfax for over three decades. “It was really remarkable.”
Perry, who at 6 feet and 205 pounds is on the slight end of most of his competition, started the campaign with a mark of 50 feet 4 inches two weeks ago at the Pirate Classic at Wheatland.
That effort on March 8 moved him within eight inches of equaling the school record of 51 feet even set in 2004 by Josh Marlar.
In last Saturday’s meet, Perry started with a put of 48 feet before going 52 feet 11 inches on his third throw of the day. That would have given him a new Colfax High record but on his final throw of the day he unleashed the 55-foot-2-inch effort.
“It was pretty exciting,” Perry said. “To do it in the finals on the last throw to win the event was huge.”
Perry’s 55-foot-2-inch heave last Saturday leaves the Colfax senior as the current shot put leader in the Sac-Joaquin Section and leaves him in the No. 10 spot in the state rankings.
Although Perry didn’t compete in the discus last Saturday, he’s looking to getting untracked in that event, too.
“I’m going to start putting more time into the discus,” Perry said. “I’ve been doing a lot of standing workouts but we’ll start picking things up a bit.”
Prior to Perry setting the new mark, Colfax’s shot put record of 49 feet 5 inches was first established by Tony Dent in 1963. That record stood for 29 years before Chris Deacon set a new record of 50 feet 2 inches in 1992.
Marlar then ripped off puts of 49 feet and 49 feet 6 inches to start the 2004 season before finally establishing a new record of 51 feet that stood until Perry’s effort last week.
Other top marks for Colfax last week at the CAL meet included Madi Newman finishing 6th in the girls 800 meters in 2:27.47 and Maddi Ittner third in the discus.
The Falcons will compete in the John O Invitational Friday at Yuba College.austin