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Farmer throws self into record books

By Staff | May 5, 2010

STORM LAKE – Lightning struck in Storm Lake both literally and figuratively on Tuesday.

The boys track meet was called after the second lightning delay.

However, prior to that point, Estherville Lincoln Central’s Kyle Farmer already accomplished the team highlight of the 2010 season thus far.

The senior thrower shattered his career-best in the shot put by nearly 3 feet with a toss of 52 feet, 7 inches to win the event. Farmer’s previous best in competition was 49 feet, 10 inches.

ELC coach Dick Barrett said Tuesday’s throw is the fifth-best in school history.

Jeremy Truog holds the school record in the shot put with his 1991 throw of 55 feet, 9 inches.

“This was an outstanding effort,” said Barrett of Farmer’s throw. “I’m very pleased with his progression and proud of the way he is competing right now.”

ELC had three other events that placed on Tuesday.

Miguel Sanchez placed fifth in the 1600-meter run with a career-best time of 5 minutes, 3.4 seconds.

The 4×800-meter relay team of Alex Bloomquist, Sanchez, Joe Clayton and Lee Bates placed sixth in 9:27. The 4×200-meter relay team also placed sixth in 1:40. That quartet was Ryan Vos, Ty Wilson, Adam McCarthy and Marcus Christensen.

ELC is back in action Thursday at Spencer.