POCATELLO, Idaho-It was a clean sweep for the state of Georgia in the weight throw competition. David Schiedt, from Marietta, Ga., followed teammate Emily Bernhardt?s performance in the girls throw and claimed gold at Simplot Games Thursday night at Idaho State University?s Holt Arena.
Schiedt set a Georgia state record and personal record with a throw of 74? 7 1/2?, topping the previous record of 73? 3 3/4?. Schiedt was pleased with his performance to set the new record.
?It?s great, there are great throwers in Georgia,? Schiedt said. ?I?ve been sitting right behind it and finally just pushed it over today.?
Schiedt overcame a good field of throwers. Eric Flores, from Custer, S.D., threw a mark of 70?6 1/2?. He also had to defeat the defending champion from last year?s meet, Trevor Kraychir from Twentynine Palms, Calif. Schiedt competed for the first time at the Simplot Games and was pleased with the competition.
?They helped push me so far,? said Schiedt. ?They put some big marks out early, it helps through the competition, get psyched up.?
Flores placed second with his throw of 70? 8 1/2?. Kraychir placed third with a throw of 68? 1 1/2?. Kraychir?s younger brother Trent placed seventh in the competition.
Two other Georgia weight throwers placed high in the event as well. Greg Davis from Peachtree City, Ga. placed fourth with a throw of 62? 5 1/2?. Cody Cox from Atlanta, Ga. finished fifth with a throw of 61? 3 1/4?.
The Georgia throwers competed as part of the Atlanta-area club Throw 1 Deep, coached by Mike Judge. The club placed four throwers in the top eight boys, and two throwers in the top four girls.
Schiedt said this event was a great meet to prepare for bigger meets to come throughout the rest of the year. He said his coach has brought teams in the past. Schiedt, like many others here from the meet from papers and track and meet stat keeper, DyeStat.
Schiedt hopes to use this meet as a warm up for the nationals and hopes come out with the same results, a first place finish.