Spath back to 'normal,' breaks discus record
by Nathan Arneal
After struggling to return to the form that earned her the chance to throw the discus in the state meet last year, Jamie Spath feels like she is finally back on track. After missing almost two full weeks of practice earlier this season because of Close-Up and state FFA, Spath had yet to break the 120-foot mark in the discus this spring.
At Saturday’s conference meet, she moved right passed 120 and didn’t stop until she reached the 130s and etched her name in the school record book.
“I’m finally back after missing all those practices and those meets,” Spath said. “It felt normal. It felt good to come back and throw and actually do well.”
Spath, a senior, said warm-ups were going as usual, until someone told her that her throws were landing around the 130-foot mark.
“I got all nervous and psyched and excited,” she said, “but it all turned out good.”
Her first throw of the meet, measuring 129-4, set the tone for the day.
None of the other competitors could match her, and by Spath’s last throw of finals, she had already clinched her second straight conference discus title. Her sixth and final throw would be all about the record.
Teammate Megan Jensen had set the NBC record at 129-9 earlier in the month after the previous record had stood for more than 20 years.
“I wanted to beat (the record) because I knew I was only six inches away from it,” Spath said. “Stepping in (the ring), I knew I needed to do better, but I really wasn’t thinking about it. I was just throwing.”
That last, meaningless toss measured 130-6. The school record was hers, but she said knows that one of her teammates could take it back at any time. Spath, Jensen and Deanna Dirkschneider have all thrown at least 122 feet this season.
“All three of us can break it,” Spath said. “We’ve all proven that. We’ll just have to see what happens.”
Head coach Dan Watts is also eager to see what the rest of the season holds for his record-breaking throwers. He also wonders how much better Spath can get.
“She doesn’t even spin, she just power throws,” Watts said. “That’s pretty impressive. I’m just happy for her.”
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