Walter Johnson's Andrew Birgin has finished second and third, respectively, in his last two shot put state meet competitions. If he wants to continue the trend he will have to out-throw Broadneck's Elian Ahmar. (Photo by Craig Amoss)
|Athlete||Season Best||Regional Performance|
|Elian Ahmar, Broadneck||55'6.50 (AACo Champs)||54'8.50 (1st, 4AC)|
|Andrew Birgin, Walter Johnson||54'1.00 (CNU Winter Frolic)||52'9.50 (1st, 4AW)|
|Preston Duffield, Meade||49'1.00 (AACo Champs)||48'3.00 (3rd, 4AC)|
|Nnamdi Olebara, C.H. Flowers||49'0.75 (Ed Bowie Classic)||48'3.25 (1st, 4AE*)|
|Moiz Butt, Dulaney||48'9.50 (4A Central Regionals)||48'9.50 (2nd, 4AC)|
If there is one event in track and field that tends toward predictability, it is probably the shot put. Most of the top throwers on the 4A state leaderboard fared well at their respective regional meets, and next week's competition looks like it may come down to two of the top throwers in the state. Broadneck's Elian Ahmar has truly broken out this indoor season, improving his distance in the shot put by nearly a full foot from last spring to establish himself as the top thrower in Maryland.
The top two throwers in the competition have combined to lose one time in the shot put this winter. Walter Johnson's Andrew Birgin finished second at the CNU Winter Frolic, where he also set his season best at 54'1.00.
The field is also looking very strong this season, with four more boys - Duffield, Olebara, Butt and Leonardtown's Ethan Carpenter - who have thrown over 48 feet this season. Last year, nobody throw over 48 feet in the shot put at the 4A state meet.