Broadalbin-Perth’s Jeff Derwin competes in the Federation shot put final Saturday during the NYSPHSAA Track and Field Championships at Union-Endicott High School in Endicott.
By ADAM SHINDER
For the Express
ENDICOTT — The fatigue of two long days throwing the discus and shot put caught up with Broadalbin-Perth’s Jeff Derwin a bit Saturday, but it didn’t stop him from adding to his medal haul at the NYSPHSAA Track and Field Championships — nor could it come close to putting a damper on the long-held dream he had realized a day earlier.
After winning a Division 2 public school championship in the discus and finishing second in the shot put Friday, Derwin capped off his season with a pair of podium finishes in the Federation finals, taking third in the shot put and fourth in the discus.
“That was crazy. That was what I came here for,” Derwin said. “Obviously, it would’ve been nice to get one in the shot put, too, but I got one in the discus throwing a PR and I’m at least throwing consistent (in the shot put).”
Derwin was one of five area athletes to pick up a medal Saturday during the closing day of the meet. The others were from Montgomery County schools.
Friday was Derwin’s big day, as not only did he capture his state title in the discus, he did so by breaking the 170-foot mark for the first time in his career with a winning throw of 172 feet, five inches. As soon as Derwin started Friday as the runner-up in the shot put— where he entered the weekend as the state leader in the event — he wasted no time refocusing on the discus.
“When he got second in the shot put, he goes, ‘I’m going right after that discus,’” B-P throwing coach Tom McGivern said. “He did. He grasped it. He didn’t get down about finishing second in the shot put. His attitude’s been really great.”
Perhaps a bit tired Saturday morning after his victorious Friday, Derwin could only manage a top throw of 156 feet, seven inches in the Federation discus final to take fourth. Three hours later, he capped off his high school career with a best throw of 56 feet, eight inches in the shot put to take fourth, finishing just five inches behind runner-up Dan Byrne of Kings Park. Jack Zimmerman of Briarcliff set a new state-leading mark of 61 feet, 2.75 inches to win the Federation title.
“I thought I had a little bit more in me. I wasn’t quite hitting the finish (in the shot put), same thing in discus,” Derwin said. “At this point, technical stuff, it’s all just muscle memory. I’m not trying to change anything, just go with what I know and hopefully I’d get one out there.”
“He was playing with house money, and he was pretty tired this morning in the discus,” McGivern said. “We could see that. He had his day yesterday, and what he accomplished today was fine. He’s satisfied. It’s like I told him down there, ‘You didn’t get your name drawn out of a hat to be in this thing.’ He’s earned everything he’s gotten.”