Beverage wins Class AAA Region IV shot, discus titles

May 9, 2019

ONA — Gavin Beverage didn’t quite meet his personal best, but his performance at the Class AAA, Region IV championship Wednesday at Chris Parsons Track was good enough to qualify for state.

Beverage’s longest throw was his third and final attempt in the shot put. That throw went 62-11 3/4 to capture first place in the regional championship.

While still short of the state high school record of 66-9 1/2 set by Randy Barnes at the 1985 Gazette Relays, and two inches short of Beverage’s personal best he set at the first meet of the year, the shot was long enough to beat the state meet record of 61-7 set by Barnes in 1984.

“I need to pick it up a little bit,” Beverage, a UC-Riverside commit, said. “I didn’t get the facility record.”

The facility record is the record he set in that first meet, the Carlos Akers/Doc Hale Memorial Invitational on April 6 of 64-2 1/2.

If Beverage wasn’t impressed, everyone else certainly was.

Officials running the meet and WVSSAC officials both remarked how impressive the throw was.

Beverage’s first two throws came in at 58-1 and 61-6 1/2 — just a half-inch from Barnes’ state meet mark. The third throw eclipsed it.

Spring Valley’s Doug Nester took second with throws with a distance of 53-3 turned in on this second toss.

Parkersburg’s Shane Miller took third place for the final automatic qualifying spot at the state meet from Region IV. Huntington’s Chris Hanna took fifth with a distance of 43-5 1/2 and could be one of six qualifiers at the state meet if that distance holds up once the other regional-level meets are completed.

Beverage’s day didn’t end with the shot put. The Knights’ senior set a new track record in winning the boys discus with a distance of 172.04. Again, Beverage defeated Nester, and Miller for first but all three qualified for the state meet.