Perry tosses shot put 50-plus feet

Senior nears Colfax High track and field record
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One of the earliest track meets of the season last week produced one of the all-time best shot put marks in Colfax High boys track and field history.

Competing at the Roy Crabtree Pirate Classic at Wheatland, Colfax senior Austin Perry heaved the shot put 50 feet 4 inches to capture first place in the event.

For Perry, the 50-foot plus mark puts him in the top five of his event in the Sac-Joaquin Section this season and is the second all-time best in CHS boys annals. Last season, Perry reached the 48-foot mark early in the year before a back injury ended his season.

A key contributor on Colfax High’s 2011 Pioneer Valley League championship football team as a running back, Perry missed nearly the entire 2012 football season before being cleared to play the final game of the year.

His fine early-season mark puts him just eight inches off the school record of 51 feet even set in 2004 by Josh Marlar.

Perry also placed first in the discus at the Wheatland event with a toss of 139 feet 11 inches. Teammates Mark Lerner (125-4) and Mario Margherita (119-1) were fourth and sixth, respectively.

Other top boys finishes in the varsity ranks included Cody Baugh winning the high jump at 5-6, Tristen Bohn (5:03.40) placing 6th in the 1600 meters and fifth in the 3200 meters (11:11.34). Anderson Vereyken (11:19.98) was seventh in the 3200.

Colfax’s varsity girls were led by Madi Newman, who won the 800 meters (2:32.44) and was second in the 400 meters (1:05.01). Maddi Ittner also fared well as she was third in the discus (97-2) and fourth in the shot put (34-4).

In the girls frosh-soph division, Kyra Heimann won the 300 meter hurdles in 51.71 and was also third in the 100 meters (13.72). Katherine Ito placed second in the 300 hurdles (55.99).

Colfax’s frosh-soph boys were led by Scott Mosier (5-4) who won the high jump and hurdler Jaden Williams who won the 110 highs (18.37) and the 300 lows (48.14).

The Falcons’ first home track meet of the season will be Wednesday, April 3, when Colfax hosts Bear River in a Pioneer Valley League dual meet.