Boys track: Hussung wins discus crown
Farmington senior Logan Hussung was one inch away from being a state champion in two events.
But it didn't take him long to decide that being the state's best discus thrower and the state's second best shot putter wasn't so bad.
"I was disappointed with the shot, but now that I look at it, first and second is pretty good. I don't think Trey (Davis) ever did that," said Hussung, who will continue his throwing career as a teammate of Davis, a state shot put champ and 2007 Farmington alum, at the University of Minnesota. "I was just trying to live up to Trey's name."
Hussung never did break Davis' school shot put record, but he did match his Athlete of the Year award and break his school discus record before capping off his career with a winning spin of 178 feet, 6 inches, Saturday at the Class 2A State Meet at Hamline University in St. Paul.
"I was kind of sitting there after I was done, and it was just shock and awe," Hussung said. "I still didn't really believe (that I was state champion). Later in the day it hit me that, wow, I'm a state champ."
In the discus competition, Hussung said he benefitted from the 20-minute break between the prelims and the finals that a day earlier had given him problems in the shot put.
Hussung trailed good friend Luke Johnson of Red Wing by four feet, 177-3 to 173-3, heading into the discus finals. After some adjustments to his technique, he uncorked throws of 177-6, 178-6 and 177-2 in the finals to take the lead by just over a foot. Hussung clinched the state title when Johnson's final throw flew into the net surrounding the throwing circle.
Hussung shook Johnson's hand after the competition, then encourage the junior to consider joining him on the Gopher track team in 2011.
"I told him he's still got next year and that he should think about going to the U of M," he said. "I think it would be cool to have a high school rival be a college teammate. It would be a lot of fun."
In Friday's shot put competition, it was Dijon Starr of Blaine that emerged to give Hussung the biggest challenge.
Hussung, seventh last year in the event, opened the prelims with throws of 58-2, 58-3 and 58-4 1/4 and the final prelim toss still stood as the meet's best until Starr uncorked a heave of 58-5 1/4 on his final throw. Until then, Starr's best toss had been 56-6.
Hussung had one final chance to respond, but his final throw fell at 56-6 1/4.
"The break between prelims and finals hurt. I tried to pull myself together, but I couldn't do it," he said. "I was on fire through prelims, getting better and better with each throw. The waiting kind of cooled me down and it wore me out a little and took me out of my rhythm."
Hussung's two high finishes earned 22 points and placed him in a tie for 15th in the team race. The 22 points matched the best ever for Farmington, which was set last year when the Tigers needed eight events to reach the total.
Eden Prairie outscored Edina, 56-49, for the team title.