JAY DAVIS: Dan Roberts’ discuss throw one of the best in nation
With little thanks to my very own investigative powers and abilities on the computer, a little national coverage on Daniel Roberts and his discus throw of 192 feet, 5.5 inches has been unearthed.
If you read the front page of the sports section, you already know about where the throw stands in Tiger and South Dakota history, but here it is again. Roberts’ throw is the Tiger record. He beat the 187-1.5 Billy Hardcastle threw during his state championship year in 2006. It is the second longest throw in South Dakota history, trailing only the 211-4 thrown by George Amundson of Aberdeen Central in 1969. George, by the way, went on to play quarterback at Iowa and fullback for the Houston Oilers.
Okay, let’s get to where Roberts’ throw is nationally. I have to start by giving Mel Hanson at Dakota Radio Group mega kudos for finding the right websites and pointing me in the right direction. I gave Mel the rest of the day off yesterday, but haven’t heard if she took the unpaid vacation.
Roberts is ranked fourth in the nation among high school boys and the three ahead of him are seniors. That, of course, makes him number one among all underclass discus throwers in the U.S. of A. Ethan Cochran of Newport Harbor, Calif., leads the country with a throw of 209-8. Kevin Allen of Campbell County, Wyo., has gone 197-7 and Ryan Hunter-Simms of San Gorgonio, Calif., has thrown 194-4. The rest of the top 10 throws are all by seniors. The closest underclassmen to Roberts is Bill Price of Fitch, Ohio, who has gone 184-6.
Statewise, Roberts’ main competition is defending state champ Tyler Schultz of Custer. Schultz has gone 179-1 so far this season. Where Schultz is the master is in shot put where he is first in the nation with a top throw of 67-2! Sidenote- Schultz threw his nation-leading shot put at the same meet the Allen kid threw his 197 discus. While Roberts has a 13-foot lead over Schultz in the discus, Schultz has a 13-foot lead over Roberts in the shot. Roberts is second with a best throw of 54-3.75 in the early going.
As far as the other classes go, Clay Quinn of Brandon Valley leads Class AA at 163-4. Dakota Bauman of Philip leads Class B at 142-9.
Steph Gemar’s Lady Tiger record of 130-5 puts her atop the discus leader board in Class A and it is the second-longest throw in the state so far this season. Only Allison Kuehn of Brandon Valley can top Gemar. Kuehn has gone 134-9. Gemar has plenty of competition in Class A already as six other girls have already qualified for state. Ashley Ostrem of Beresford has gone 125-8, Elizabeth Szymonski of Vermillion has 121 and Ashley Currey of Madison has gone 120-3. Those three are her main competition so far. Shekota Myer, who beat Gemar in Groton yesterday, did so with a Class B-leading 128-3.
The boys’ 800-meter relay team is also first in Class A right now. If they can get healthy, they will be a legitimate threat to beat everyone at the state level. Cody Schaefbauer, Austin Borah, Bailley Friesz and Peyton Friesz have to look to Class AA to find out that only the Sioux Falls schools of Lincoln and Washington have run faster 800s in the early going.
It is early and there is a long way to go, but watch and see. There will be multitudes of eyes on the performances the Tigers will be staging on the tracks in the upcoming weeks.