BY ROB GRAY
DES MOINES — Lightning struck and Avery Meyers smiled.
The West Liberty thrower then trudged to the Drake Fieldhouse to wait out one of Friday’s lengthy weather delays, smiling through the thunder claps.
“I just walked in there and laid down,” said Meyers, who had already flung the discus a a championship-securing 178-5 Friday at the Class 2A boys’ state track and field meet. “I was very happy.”
Meyers’ throw beat his previous personal best by more than 9 inches, he said.
Cade Lambson of Mount Ayr took second at 169-10 and Monticello’s Ben Stutt — who claimed the shot put crown Thursday — finished third with a top throw of 164-10.
“I just relaxed and let it rip,” said Meyers, who finished third at state as a sophomore last season. “It came out beautiful.”
How far can he throw next season?
“I haven’t even thought about what distance next year,” Meyers said. “I’m excited about next year, definitely, but we’ll just see what happens.”
Monticello’s also in wait-and-see mode when it comes to the 2A team title race.
The Panthers maintained their three-point lead over Fort Dodge St. Edmond (41-38), but squandered a chance to add to their edge by finishing third in the distance medley relay.
Monticello earned the top seed in the event, but finished behind the Gaels and North Polk.
“We needed more,” said Monticello anchor Noah Williams, who today seeks a second consecutive 800-meter run title. “I ran slow. We could have won that.”
Iowa City Regina’s Jacoby Firkins didn’t win the high jump, but enjoyed the spotlight.
Firkins cleared 6-4 as did winner Braydee Poore of Mount Ayr, but missed more early jumps. Firkins also played for the Regals’ 2010 state championship football team.
“This was more fun,” Firkins said. “All eyes were on me.”