PDT Sports Writer
COLUMBUS — For the second-straight year, the Division II Boys Shot Put State Championship belongs to Waverly’s Dylan Dyke.
Dyke reclaimed the title Friday at Ohio State’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, a place he will call home next season after signing with the Buckeyes earlier this year, with a final attempt of 62-5. His toss matched his best attempt during the preliminary flights.
Dyke knew early the feeling outdoors put him in the right mindset.
“I don’t like it real hot, I can still throw when it’s hot but this is perfect,” Dyke said. “Just overcast, wind with a little breeze. I walked out this morning and thought it was pretty good.”
He missed the OHSAA State Meet record, which is 62-11.75 set in 2010 by former Pemberville Eastwood athlete Justin Welch. Last year, Dyke won the event with a put of 60-11.5.
“(I) would’ve liked to have thrown big…it wasn’t in the cards today but I’ll take a win,” Dyke said.
One more event is all Dyke has in his high school career as he looks to pull off the throwing double Saturday in the Division II discus event. His throw of 163-06 was good enough for sixth place.
After the victory, Dyke said he doesn’t feel the weight associated with the close of this chapter in his life coming Saturday as much as he previously anticipated.
“It’ll probably set in next week some time a little bit,” Dyke said.
He said he will take a week off to rest before conditioning for his collegiate career. The size of the shot put jumps from 12 pounds in high school to 16 pounds in college.
“It’s not fun right now, it’s a little bit heavy,” Dyke said.
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