Chase saves best for last; Twister hurler 4th at finale

Chase saves best for last; Twister hurler 4th at finale
Chase saves best for last; Twister hurler 4th at finale

Union City’s Chase Bowling looks to see the measurement of his discus throw on Friday.
MURFREESBORO — Union City High School’s Chase Bowling made his track coach a proud papa at the Class A-AA State Track Championship Meet on Friday.
The recently-graduated Twister threw a career-best 130 feet flat en route to a fourth-place finish at what was his final athletic competition at the prep level.
“It’s been pretty cool having my dad as both my track and football coach,” the younger Bowling said when talking about his father, Darren. “It’s always been my goal to make him proud and do my best in either sport.
“To get up here and throw my best and also reach 130 feet makes me feel like I’ve accomplished that goal.”
Bowling, the father, confirmed that Chase accomplished that mission.
“I’m proud of what he did today and the fact that he’s my son makes it a little sweeter,” the elder Bowling said. “Chase has been a pleasure to coach. He never expected or got special treatment.
“He always been ‘yes sir’ and ‘no sir’ and never disrespected me as a father or as a coach. Couple that with how he stepped up to the challenge today and did the best he ever has and it’s a memorable day for me as a coach and parent.”
Chase Bowling’s first hurl of the discus at state landed 107 feet from the circle. He bested that with his second heave, which went 124 feet, 11 inches.
On his third throw, the younger Bowling, who finished seventh in 2010 at the state track finale, set his personal best. He scratched on his fourth toss.
“It’s been my goal to reach 130, but I’d never gotten it,” he said. “I went up and gave it my all on that throw. It’s a great feeling to get to where I wanted to be at my last track meet and go out like this.”
Darren Bowling agreed.
“He came to the biggest track meet in the state and had the best throw he has ever had,” the UCHS track skipper said. “A lot of times, athletes get up here and their numbers drop because their nerves get to them.
“I’ve always wanted any athlete that gets to state to show that they belong and can compete with the best. He not only competed; he raised the bar.”
The Twister track coach also said the distance proved that Chase belonged among the upper echelon of throwers in the state.
“I’ve always told Chase that 130 feet separated the ones that get up there and chunk it from the true discus throwers,” Darren Bowling said. “A lot of guys can just chunk it 115 or 120 feet, but to throw 130 feet, you’ve got to have good technique.”
Aside from having the proper mechanics, Chase Bowling said the experience of competing at state as a junior helped him during this time around.
“It definitely gave me an idea of what to expect,” said Bowling, who plans to attend Mississippi State and major in engineering. “I wasn’t as nervous this year as I was last year. I knew where to go and what to expect when I got there.”
Page’s Taylor McCord had the afternoon’s best throw of the discus. His second attempt went 153 feet, 9 inches.
Next in line was Elizabethton’s Nikolai Simpson with a best heave of 141 feet, 7 inches at the state finale.
Union County’s Jon-athan Outen had a best hurl of 138 feet, 3 inches to gain third-place and the bronze medal.
NOTES: Bowling’s 130 foot throw was the eighth-best at the Class A-AA State Track Championship Meet. McCord had two throws that were better, as did Simpson. Three of Outen’s attempts went farther. Altogether, there were 32 discus hurls in the competition. … Sheffield’s Javon Ollis, who bested Bowling at the Class A-AA West Sectional meet, topped out at 111 feet, 6 inches on Friday. He finished in seventh. … The fifth-place competitor — David Lipscomb’s Clark Fraser — was three inches shy of the 130-foot plateau.
Sports reporter Kenneth Coker can be contacted by e-mail at kcoker@ucmessenger.com.

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