All eyes were on Sehome’s Drew Norvell at the shot put area. From his first throw, it was clear he was the man to beat.
But his throws grew more and more impressive as the competition went on. The title was already secure, but Norvell obviously had something else on his mind.
With state meet record holder and Sehome’s best shot putter in history, Steven Ayers, on hand to watch, Norvell launched his first throw in the finals.
It seemed to hit the chalk line that marked 60 feet, but those are merely guidelines. The true measurement was two inches shy.
“It was just awesome,” Norvell said. “At the start of the season, I never would have thought I could throw 59 feet.”
Afterward, Ayers and Norvell posed for a picture in front of the scoreboard that read 59-10.
It beat his previous PR by more than two feet. At one point he had even putted three PRs in a row.
“I was just ready to go today. I hit my positions,” Norvell said. “Like my coach says, if I hit my positions I can throw it that far and I did today.”
Norvell topped the next closest athlete by 6 1/2 feet. It was teammate Tyler Haggen.
The mark likely puts him in contention for the state’s overall best mark.