The first thing I thought when I read that the kid from Lake Andes had set a discus record at the Howard Wood Relays was, “Hey, that’s Schwartz’s record.”
I didn’t find a confirmation in that first story. The confirmation for me came the other day in The Daily Republic, when Luke Hagen contacted Gary Schwartz in Arkansas and talked a bit about how it felt to have Cody Snyder break a record Schwartz had held for 48 years. (He figured it would go someday, he said).
It was the longest-standing record at the state’s biggest track and field meet.
And for 48 years, no one touched it.
In 1962, Gary Schwartz — a Wessington Springs native — launched the discus a staggering 190-feet-7.5 inches at the Howard Wood Relays in Sioux Falls, a meet that invites more than 3,000 of the best middle school, high school and college athletes in the Upper Midwest.
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