Prep Indoor Track: Stout finishes second in state in shot
WINSTON-SALEM — Carson’s Myquon Stout rubbed his eyes and slapped on his track attire not long after helping the Cougars win a basketball game the night before.
Stout came in second in the state in the shot put at the 1A/2A/3A state indoor track championship Saturday morning at JDL Indoor Fast Track. Some early jitters got to the 6-foot-1, 252-pound behemoth of a junior as the defending 3A state champion in the outdoor state meet last season. Despite his burly physique, Stout, his own harshest critic, felt he came up small despite the respectable showing.
“I had an off day today,” Stout said. “My technique wasn’t where it should have been. It would have been nice to win it again but it wasn’t meant to be.”
South Brunswick’s Colin Minor did have the biggest stature of some of the other hurlers but had the day’s top throw of 53 feet and five inches, six inches longer than Stout’s best heave. Minor came into the meet as the top seed with a qualifying throw of 53-7.75.
Stout faulted on his first two throws, hurling them out of bounds. He made his third toss from a standing position to ensure it land between the lines. 48 feet, 11 inches later, it did to help him qualify for the finals.
“That was the best stand throw I’ve seen him do,” Carson coach Josh Carter said. “To throw it almost 50 feet on a stand throw is great.”
The tension waned and there were better throws later in the finals. After another foul, Stout eclipsed 50 feet with a 50-8. His best was a 52-11. Last spring in the outdoor championship, Stout threw a 53-4.
“It started off a little challenging for him,” said Carter, whose throw of 58-4 Stout hopes to eclipse one day. “I think he started a little tight.”
The second-place performance earned eight points for Carson.
“It’s bittersweet,” Carter said. “You can’t complain too much about a second-place finish but Myquon’s always striving to improve.”
•Salisbury’s Resean Bledsoe placed fourth in the triple jump with a jump of 43-8 setting a personal record by a foot.
“He was the only one at the podium from a 2A school,” Salisbury coach David Johnson said. “It’s good to see a good kid like that get rewarded.”
The Hornets also had Jaleesa Smoot compete in the 300 and 500 dashes. Smoot placed ninth in the 500 and 17th in the 300.
•East Rowan’s Marshall Shank tied for fifth in the pole vault with a leap of 13 feet. West Rowan’s Caleb Cranfield tied for ninth with a 12-foot jump. A.L. Brown’s 4x800 relay team (Timmy Hall, Max Chandler, Johnny Hodge, Kellen Corson) placed third with Carson (Nick Thornton, Will Holshouser, Kyle Gillis, Daniel Sherer) coming in 15th. West’s Madison Cook was 13th in the high jump and Raykwon Torrence was 10th in the long jump.
•In the distance runs, Carson’s Zachary Marchinko finished the 3200 in 10:29.
•Lexington’s James Drummond won the 300-meter dash in :35.18, good enough for 15th in the nation. West Carteret won the girls competition with Burlington Cummings taking the boys.