Deion Hoskins set the bar with his first throw on his way to win the shot put at the Class 1B State Track and Field Championships in Cheney on Saturday, May 25, for Lummi. Hoskins won with a throw of 44 feet, 6.5 inches but his first throw of the day was just a few inches shy of the winning mark.
"I was the last throw today and wanted to set a high mark on my first throw," Hoskins said in a phone interview. "This is my first time at state for track and it feels pretty good to win. We trained a lot harder to get ready."
Hoskins said he started training for the first time on the shot put this year.
"He came out and threw it for 44-2 and set the tone early," Lummi coach Josh Shimek said in a phone interview. "He showed everyone this is the mark and basically said 'This is how far you're going to have to throw to beat me' and nobody else was able to touch it."
Shimek said Hoskins has peaked at the right time of the year and has been consistently throwing more than 42 feet per toss. He added that Hoskins has been getting better each year and these throws are now becoming the norm for him.
"He's been putting in a lot more work timewise in the last month of practice and has spent a lot more time working on his technique," Shimek said. "He also has put more time in the weight room and working with his dad who tweaked his positioning and worked on his speed and quickness that added a couple more feet."