Colfax's Perry wins PVL boys shot put

Wrist injury doesn't slow winning effort
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Service
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ANTELOPE - An injured throwing wrist usually isn’t the recipe for success in the shot put, just ask Austin Perry.

Perry, who “dinged his wrist” in winning last Friday’s Nevada Union Invitational, was a a few feet off his season’s best marks here Wednesday at the Pioneer Valley League track and field championships hosted by Center High.

But Perry’s effort of 50 feet seven inches was good enough to take first place in the finals of the event by more than four feet. Center’s Spencer Brady was a distant second at 46 feet while Bear River’s Alec Bergstad (44-5) and Placer’s James Hubbard (43-2) were third and fourth respectively.

“I hurt it a little up at NU but not enough to keep me out,” said Perry. “I was good to go and it felt okay yesterday.”

Perry, who will compete next season at Yuba College with an eye on transferring to Chico State, had one of several strong performances by PVL athletes on Wednesday as several league finals in field events were contested.

Center, trying to overhaul PVL dual meet season winner Placer in the boys varsity ranks, got off to a good start by scoring 54 points on Wednesday. Leading the charge was multi-talented Xavier Howell who won the long jump (21-6.25) and then came back and won the high jump (6-4).

In other finals contested, in the girls varsity division, Colfax’s Maddi Ittner placed second in the discus at 102-03 behind Center’s Vicoria Miner who won with a toss of 105-08. Shelby Crider of Placer was third (93-2) and Kailey Wright of Colfax fifth (87-7).

Also in the girls division, Placer’s Lea Fong won the pole vault at nine feet while also taking third in the triple jump (37-11) behind teammate Kerry McCullough’s winning 35-3 effort. Colfax’s Brooklyn Pitz was fourth (31-8).

In JV finals involving area athletes, Bear River’s Cannon Fetter won the event  47 feet eight inches. Colfax’s John Kirwan (40-2) was second with Blake Bergstad of Bear River third (37-6) and Placer’s Fredrick Feis sixth (37-5).

Colfax’s Spencer Guiterrez won the JV high jump at 5-4 edging Placer’s Derek Haney who was second (5-2).  In the JV long jump, Colfax’s Lucas Rineer was second at 17-10.25 with Israel Bardo (17-6) and John Voter (17-4.25) of Bear River taking third and fourth respectively.

The PVL track finals will begin at 3 p.m. at Center on Friday.