A year after placing second in the discus (188-8) and fourth in the shot put (58-7 1/2) while leading Clovis East to a tie for the state team title, senior Willy Irwin is top-seeded in the discus (199-9) with a throw that ranks No. 1 in the state and No. 7 nationally.
He's also ranked fifth in the state in the shot put (61-51/2). He plans on participating in football and track and field at Fresno City.
Question: The 199-9 discus throw in the Central Section Grand Masters beat your previous best by 10 feet. What happened?
Answer: It just felt like a practice throw and it kept flying. Everything just clicked.
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So now what at the state meet?
I think I can break 200 and, hopefully, I can win with a 200-foot throw. That's my goal.
And how about the shot?
I'm looking for a 63 or 64.
If you win a gold medal, what would be more satisfying: that or last year's team title?
That would be great to win [a gold medal], but there's nothing like winning the whole thing for the team.
Get any goods for winning the state team championship?
Yeah, a ring and a watch.
Ever wear them?
All the time.