April 20, 2013
FOUNTAIN - When it came to the throwing events Saturday at the Ray Campbell Invitational at Fountain-Fort Carson, nobody did it better than Sand Creek.
And the two Scorpions victors, both juniors, hope they’re just getting started.
Mariah Walker claimed first in both the discus and shot put, then Nathan Dunivan did the same on the boys’ side. Both hold school records in each discipline and continue to gain confidence heading into next month’s state meet in Lakewood.
“The second time through will go better,” said Walker, who finished fourth in the shot put but a disappointing 14th in the discus at the state meet last season. “Right now, I’m first in the state in the shot, so I really just need to keep pushing. My problems in discus have been mental, so I got it out of my head here, and that’s why I felt I did better.”
Walker recorded winning throws of 41 feet, 11 inches in the shot and 129-5 in the discus.
While Walker experienced the state meet last year, Dunivan wasn’t even on the radar screen, managing discus efforts of only 130 feet and shot put throws far below the 4A state minimum. On Saturday, Dunivan sent the discus 160 feet, a personal record. In addition, his shot put of 51-9 ¼ bested his previous best by nearly five feet.
“I was expecting something big for this meet,” said Dunivan, who gained nearly 30 pounds last offseason. “All week in practice, I had been getting a lot of big PRs. One of my coaches, Montoya Walker (Mariah’s sister), changed where I was lining up to let me use my legs better. That made the difference.”
The Scorpions’ throwers weren’t the only ones who enjoyed breakthrough days Saturday. Junior Rebecca Harris recorded a long jump of 17-6, which tied a school record and marked the longest attempt by a 4A girl this season.
She also set the Sand Creek record in the 100 hurdles with a time of 15.43 seconds, finishing behind a pair of 5A runners in the finals.
“We had quite the day,” Scorpions coach Bobby Tillman said. “Nathan had such a huge improvement from last year, and Mariah pretty much hasn’t stopped since state last year. For all three of them, the junior year is a big year as far as wanting to get noticed by colleges. They’ve been working hard, and we saw the rewards of that today.”