PM’s Fischer Throws At National Meet

Jonathan Schwab

Monday, June 18 –Parry McCluer High School’s Josh Fischer, who won the Class 1 state shot put and discus titles earlier this month, completed against the top high school shot put throwers in the continent on Saturday at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor in Greensboro, N.C.

Fischer, who graduated last month, placed 29th of 47 throwers with a toss of 54 feet, 10.75 inches. Athletes competing in the meet, which took place at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University’s Aggie Stadium, qualified by meeting national marks during the season. Each thrower got three attempts. The winner of the shot put was Tyson Jones from Desert Edge High School in Goodyear, Ariz. with a toss of 70-1.5.

Reviewing his own performance, Fischer said, “I think it went fairly well, even though it was kind of an off day. You get there and you have a lot of people around you, a lot watching you.” Fischer’s throw was a bit over two feet off his personal record of 57-3, which he threw on April 13 at the All-American Relays at Radford High School, qualifying him for the national meet. In his state meet victory on June 2 at East Rockingham High School in Elkton, Fischer’s throw went 56-2.25, setting a new Class 1 state meet record.

Fischer, who also one the indoor state shot put title this year, said it helped to talk to 2017 PM alumnus K.J. Cook before the meet. Cook, who traveled to Greensboro to watch Fischer, is the PM school record holder in the shot put and discus. He won four state throwing championships and now throws for The College of William Mary. In the national meet last year, Cook placed 24th in the shot put with a throw of 56-5.25. Recalling Cook’s comments on the competition and the venues, Fischer said, “He said it’s a lot different than what you normally see.”

Also joining Fischer at the meet were his high school coaches, outdoor throwing coach Danny Cole and indoor throwing coach Matthew Douglas, as well as his father, Andy, and his sister, Taylor.

Fischer credited his coaches for the success he’s had with his throwing. “I couldn’t have done any of that without them,” he said. “I’m grateful for my coaches and all they’ve done.”

Cole, who worked with Fischer throughout his high school career, noted that Fischer “was great to work with.” In throwing, he added, “Track becomes an individual sport. As much as you put into it, you get out of it. Ever since he started, he really put work into it.”          

Fischer, who won the discus this year with a personal-record heave of 157-7, is PM’s second-best all-time thrower behind Cook, Cole noted.

Reflecting on his high school career, Fischer said, “I’m proud of how it went.”

Fischer plans to throw in college and is in the process of deciding which college he’ll attend.

This story will also be in our June 20 newspaper.


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