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Megan Jensen throws the discus
Megan Jensen unleashes the best throw in NBC history at the [2008] Logan View Invite.

Jensen eclipses 22-year-old discus record

by Nathan Arneal
published 4/16/08

Heading into last Tuesday’s Logan View Invite, Megan Jensen didn’t know what the NBC school record in the discus was.

After her final throw of the preliminaries soared 126 feet, 2 inches, Tiger throws coach Bob Feurer took it upon himself to inform the NBC senior that she was within two feet of the mark.

The best throw crew in NBC history
Jensen, right, is congratulated by teammates Deanna Dirkschneider and Jamie Spath after her record toss. All three rank among Class C's top 10 discus throwers so far this season.

“My goal for the whole season was just to get 125 (feet),” Jensen said. “I really didn’t know what the record was, but I did know Jamie (Spath) just about had it last year.”

Until Tuesday, the farthest any NBC girl had thrown the discus was 128-6, a standard set by Judy Emanuel in 1986 at the Tekamah-Herman Invite.

Jensen’s first throw in finals looked good enough to get the job done.

Feurer was seated down the right foul line and had a good look at where her discus landed.

“That’s got to be right at 130,” Feurer shouted to Jensen as she left the ring.

As the meet official stretched the measuring tape, Jensen covered her arms with a sweatshirt and waited for the measurement.

“One hundred twenty-nine feet, nine inches.”

Moments later Jensen was surrounded by teammates Jamie Spath and Deanna Dirkschneider as they gave her hugs of congratulations.

Jensen’s final throw of the day measured 125 feet, putting all five of her legal throws over 110 feet, with three of them measuring over 125 feet.

Feurer said Jensen’s big day didn’t come as a total surprise.

“This is just the culmination of working hard in practice,” Feurer said. “She’s been hitting some really big throws in practice. It just so happens that one of those big ones came during the meet today.”

The 129-9 is also the farthest throw in the state by a Class C thrower this season and ranks No. 8 in all classes, according to last week’s Omaha World-Herald charts.

Both Jensen and Feurer see bigger throws in the future.

“Usually the big throws come in May when it gets warm,” Feurer said. “Who knows what the limit is? I told Megan earlier this week that she was capable of 135-feet. I may have to adjust that since she’s five feet from that right now.”

While the previous record stood for 22 years, the current record’s life might be measured in days rather that years, as arguably the best throw crew in the state will take aim at it each meet.

In addition to Jensen, Spath and Dirkschneider have legitimate shots of making the record their own.

Dirkschneider, the lone junior among the trio, took the silver medal at Logan View with a throw of 122-2, a distance that ranks No. 4 in the state. She also ranks No. 4 on the Class C shot put chart, an event in which she already owns the school record.

Spath is the only member of the group to throw the discus at the state meet last year and has also surpassed the 120-foot mark multiple times in her career. She is looking to get back into the groove after only practicing twice in the two weeks leading up to the Logan View Invite because of Close-Up and state FFA. Her season’s best throw of 114-9, which came in the first meet of the year, ranks tenth in Class C this season.

Feurer said his dream situation would be to have a different girl break the record each meet. He also knows that Jensen, Spath and Dirkschneider will be each other’s biggest fans, no matter who ends up with the record.

“Having (the record fall) this early in the season is going to make the rest of the season pretty interesting,” Feurer said. “They cheer for one another. They’re happy whether they do well or one of their teammates does well. They’re good kids that way.”

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