On his final throw in district shot put competition Saturday, Darrin Young hit a mark of 46 feet, 7.5 inches to win the 2A/1A WSL district title. "It was a good throw," said Young, a soft-spoken junior. "I'd like to do better," he said. "Sometimes it's good to climb the mountain and enjoy the view." But then it's time to go back to work.
After a slow start to the season, the returning state qualifier has just gotten better and better. The improvements really started to show when he won the April 8 Eagle Valley Invitational with a throw of 44-08. In his last three meets he finished second.
"Just getting the technique down and switching a couple of things up really made the difference," said Young. His state qualification was secure heading into the district meet. But his focus is on improving.
Young said Hotchkiss throwing coach Curtis Hintz is helping him with his technique. "Most of it is being explosive in the ring," said Young. Vince Cowan, son of head coach Kelly Cowan, threw for Hotchkiss and in college, and has also been helping him to nail down his technique.
Young said he started throwing in middle school. He was one of the bigger kids. "You know when you're big, they say here, try this out," he said. He loves the sport, but it didn't quite click until his sophomore year when he qualified for state after passing the 43-foot mark. Last May he placed 12th in the state.
"That just kind of said to me that this is something that I could really excel in at state," quoted Young.
Two fatal accidents occurred in Delta County within a two-day span last week.
Casey Gillenwater, 25, of Delta was killed the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 13, in a single-vehicle rollover on Highway 133 outside of Hotchkiss.