Cary-Grove junior Ricky Hurley felt about as low as he possibly could on Thurday when he missed the shot put finals at the 2013 USA Track and Field National Junior Olympic Championships in Greensboro, N.C.
Hurley's emotions did a 180-degree turn on Friday. On his final discus throw, the last throw of the competition, he unleashed a 174-7 effort to win the title by nine feet over Landon Young of Kentucky.
“It was awesome,” Hurley said. “They had a laser marker measuring the distances and I kept looking for something over 50 meters. That one was 53.21.”
The conversion to 174-7 was slightly short of Hurley’s career-best and helped mask the bad memories from Thursday.
“I didn’t have any explosion on my first two throws,” Hurley said. “On my last throw, I threw 54 feet but I scratched. I wasn’t the happiest camper.”
Young passed Hurley on the first throw of the finals, but Hurley then came back on his last attempt to win the title. Hurley took fifth in the Class 3A discus and seventh in the shot put at the IHSA Boys Track and Field State Meet in May.