The freshman athlete advances to USA Track & Field National Junior Championships this July with gold and silver medals in his four throwing events.
Amir Patterson throws the shot put Saturday at the USATF Regional Championships
Crespi Carmelite High School's Amir Patterson was busy at the USA Track & Field (USATF) Regional Championships this weekend, finishing with three gold medals and a silver in his four throwing events. His efforts earned him his sixth straight trip to the 45th USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships in Wichita, Kansas the last week of July.
He started the Intermediate Boys competition Saturday by tossing the 12-pound hammer 126' 1.
“[It was] a huge personal best considering he just started to learn it three weeks ago and only threw 82'8 at Cerritos two weeks ago,” said Mike Mayer, Patterson's former coach.
Patterson also earned another gold Saturday with a winning shot put throw of 50' 7.75, besting the field by more than five feet. A short time later he competed in the javelin, where his 126' effort took second place.
He topped things off Sunday with a personal best discus throw of 142'5 to win the gold once again.
Patterson recently finished his freshman season at Crespi as the state's No. 1 ranked freshman in the shot put, and was the only ninth-grader in the Southern Section to make it to the CIF finals, according to Mayer.