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Genant gunning for top finish in shot put

PARKSTON--Having the second-best mark in the Class A boys shot put would be an impressive accomplishment for any track and field athlete. It's even more impressive, considering this is the first year Parkston's Wes Genant has competed in throwing...

Ethan/Parkston's Wes Genant throws the shot during the boys shot put event at the Little Missouri Valley Conference track meet in Parkston on May 3. (Marcus Traxler/Republic)
Ethan/Parkston's Wes Genant throws the shot during the boys shot put event at the Little Missouri Valley Conference track meet in Parkston on May 3. (Marcus Traxler/Republic)

PARKSTON-Having the second-best mark in the Class A boys shot put would be an impressive accomplishment for any track and field athlete.

It's even more impressive, considering this is the first year Parkston's Wes Genant has competed in throwing events.

Genant will cap off his prep career with the Trojans at the Class A state meet today in Madison. In his first year competing in both the shot put and discus, Genant qualified for both events.

"I love track this year and I really wish I'd gone out all four years of high school," Genant said. "It's something I wanted to help the team with and I've really enjoyed it."

Heading into today's Class A shot put finals at 11:30 a.m., and discus finals at 4 p.m., Genant is hoping to crack the podium in both events. He has the second-best toss in shot put of 51 feet, 0.5 inches, which is behind Clark/Willow Lake's Noah Huber's top mark of 51-07. Huber took fourth at last year's state meet with a toss of 50-05.25.

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"I'm hoping to finish first at state," Genant said about the shot put. "I've been throwing consistency in the 50s (feet) in practice and I want to try and place in the discus."

At the Region 5A meet last week in Hartford, Genant hit a personal-best in discus with a toss of 146-02 to place third in the region. He won the Region 5A crown in shot put with a mark of 48-05.

"I just have to stay low, keep my shoulder and thighs in line and bring that torque around," Genant said. "Then toss it out there a ways."

Starting from scratch early this spring, Genant said he's learned a lot about the two throwing events. He's even turned to the internet for coaching support.

"I'm been coaching myself off YouTube and working with coach (Tom) Rice in Gayville, too," Genant said. "It's been going good."

After competing in football, basketball, baseball and track and field for Parkston this year, Genant said he's proud of his time as a Trojan and is hoping to end his prep career on a high note.

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