Washington High School’s 19-year-old boys’ shot put record was shattered Monday evening in West Burlington. The Demon boys’ track team competed in the Falcon Relays, the first outdoor meet of the season for the squad.
Senior Tommy Peterson once again stole the spotlight, throwing the shot put 55 feet 1/2 inch to take first place at the meet and set a new school record. Peterson crushed Austin Henning’s previous record of 53 feet 10 and 3/4 inches set in 1996.
Demon boys’ track coach Steve Roth says the accomplishment can be attributed to the hours Peterson has put in during the off season, “He has no lack of work ethic towards what he wants to accomplish.” Roth said, “He puts a lot of time in during (the off season) and he was able to achieve this goal.”
Roth also believes this record might be broken again in the not so distant future. “He threw a warm up at 56 (feet), he told me that,” Roth said
Peterson was the only first place finisher at the Falcon Relays for Washington, but several other athletes scored points for the Demons at the meet. The Demons’ 4×100 meter dash team finished in third place with a time of 47.6 seconds. Senior Gage Redlinger had a fourth place finish in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1 minute 0.38 seconds. Junior Jack Giardino had a fourth place finish in the 100 meter dash, crossing the finish line in 11.31 seconds.
The Demons finished the team competition in fifth place with 50.5 points. Washington’s boys’ track team will next compete on Thursday at Maple Leaf Complex in Mount Pleasant.