Twin Valley South sophomore Aaron Deaton placed 15th in shot put at the state track and field meet on Friday, June 6, with a throw of 47-05.
Deaton did shot put when he was in middle school, but this was Deaton’s first year competing in shot at the high school level.
“He didn’t throw as a freshman, which is unfortunate, but he’s done an excellent job so far this year,” TVS boys’ track and field coach Richie Faber said.
Deaton said he and a friend had decided to pursue the sport again.
“We did it in middle school, so we just hopped into it and I figured I was decent in middle school, so I figured I could do it in high school, too,” Deaton said.
Faber said he thinks Deaton was able to make it to state this year because he has a lot of natural athleticism, is a hard worker who listens to his coaches and does whatever he can to become faster and stronger.
Faber said next year he hopes to work on spinning with Deaton, instead of using a glide shot, and helping him to become faster and stronger and continue to develop the athleticism he already has.
“It’s just been a tremendous year and it’s been a lot of fun to work with him,” Faber said. “He’s the only sophomore in the competition up here for shot. We got a lot to look forward to in the next couple years.”
Deaton also said he wants to work on his spin and getting stronger, and said coming to state was a good experience.
“I was very excited about the whole thing, it’s fun being up here, it’s fun going to districts and regionals, so it was definitely a good experience and I’m very thankful I could experience it,” Deaton said.