Topeka The oldest track-and-field record on the books at Lawrence High is no longer.
LHS junior Blake Hocking put the shot 62 feet, 9 inches to win the title Friday at the Topeka Seaman Relays and erase the 59-year-old school record.
“As soon as it left his hand, I knew it, he knew it, his father knew it,” Lawrence coach Jack Hood said. “We just started whooping.”
The previous record-holder was Bill Nieder, who went on to star at Kansas University and was a two-time Olympian and one-time gold medalist.
As a senior at LHS, Nieder became the first prep ever to put the 12-pound shot 60 feet. His school record of 60-9 3/8 stood since 1952 — until Hocking, who had flirted with the mark several times this season, bettered it.
“His mother, his father and me … we were all pretty pleased,” Hood said. “I gave him a hug for about five minutes that held the event up.”
Hocking is the top-ranked thrower in the state. A show of his dominance in the event Friday: The runner-up toss was more than 10 feet shorter, 52-7.
Lawrence’s other winner Friday was TaMiya Green, who won the girls 300 hurdles in 47.62 seconds.
Free State had two individual winners: Lynn Robinson (800-meter run, 2:25.32) and Alexa Harmon-Thomas (long jump, 5-6).
The Lions will travel Friday to the Shawnee Mission North Relays.