DES MOINES – Logan Jones said there is something about his second throw.
Thursday at the state track and field meet, the Lewis Central junior showed why as he set a personal record, broke the school record and won the Class 4-A state discus title all in one impressive throw that traveled 185 feet, 10 inches.
“My second throw is always my best throw,” Jones said. “In practice I have been throwing 180, 190, and I knew I needed to hit that today, and I did. I knew I was capable of it because my confidence level is super high.
“This means everything to me and shows kids younger than me that they can do anything.”
Jon Higgins had held the L.C. discus mark at 182-0 before Jones wiped it away on Thursday, and now Jones eyes a field-event sweep with the shot put coming on Friday. He enters that event seeded second.
Jones, who finished fifth in the discus a year ago and sixth as a freshman, threw 157 on his first attempt before drawing plenty of cheers with the second heave.
“I just try to stay calm and push for an even bigger throw,” said Jones, whose last throw of the competition also smashed all of those marks at 185-6. “Now I am definitely looking at the 200 (foot) mark.”
Jones entered state with a PR of 179-10 but blew away the rest of the field, with Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s Cam Jones finishing as the runner-up at 178-6.
Lewis Central junior Lauren Payne had the lead going into the final three throws of the discus, putting her second throw out at 132-6. She held that advantage through the first round of the finals, but Urbandale senior April Czarnecki overtook her by nine inches with her second toss.
Czarnecki’s best of 133-3 held up despite Payne’s valiant effort with her final throw that landed at 132-2.
Did Payne think her final throw was a winner when it left her hand?
“Kind of,” she said. “I am satisfied with second – I am not going to be a sore loser about it – because there is always room for improvement. Next year I just have to come out and do the best I can do.”
Payne has one year left to continue the impressive improvement she has displayed. As a freshman, she took 21st at state before vaulting to seventh a year ago. She also finished 10th at the Drake Relays in the event this season.
“I was expecting more this year after getting seventh, and I feel like I have shown there is a lot of potential,” she said. “Being more consistent helps me go farther, and I am always trying to get a new goal for every meet.”
Abraham Lincoln senior Darby Thomas qualified for the finals of the 200 meters with the second-fastest time of 24.69 seconds. In the 100, Thomas qualified second (12.04). Purdue recruit Kerris Roberts of Waterloo East qualified first in both events at 11.88 and 24.14.