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April 3, 2013

Pressed into duty

Newburyport senior vying for state title

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Preston’s ascent to state-title contender in the shot put has been gradual. He was a junior varsity track team member as a freshman, with a top throw of 38 feet. By his sophomore season, he was recording throws in the 43- to 44-foot range. His junior season, he peaked at 49 or 50 feet. This season, he’s up another four feet.

“We saw great promise his freshman year, but it’s remarkable for someone to improve by at least four feet every year,” Foley said. “He still has plenty to accomplish in the discus. After throwing the shot put all winter, that was stale. Now he looks great throwing the discus.”

With even a small improvement in the discus from last season, Preston will likely break the school record of 148-3, which Jim Barrett set in 1965. Foley expects Preston to face plenty of competition in his quest for his first state title.

“There’s some heavy competition in our division,” Foley said. “The fact that he was second indoors will hopefully bode well for outdoors. There will be a couple of guys in the 54 to 55 feet area. Hopefully, Steve will continue to see improvement.”

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