Winder-Barrow High School junior Ethan Womack shined on track’s biggest stage Thursday winning the Class AAAAA shot put competition with a throw of 52-0.25.
Womack held off Apalachee High School junior Tyler Fragapane, who was second with a state throw of 50-6. Fragapane actually defeated Womack during the Region 8-AAAAA meet although Womack would finish first at sectionals.
“Tyler’s a good thrower,” Womack said. “It will be a battle between us next year as well.”
“Ethan has worked extremely hard,” said WBHS track coach Michael Lofton. “He’s had this goal since last year. It has clicked with him that he can do it. He works at home, works in the weight room and by the time region got here, he knew this was obtainable.”
Once he realized he had captured the state championship, many emotions came over the junior.
“It was great see how all the work paid off,” Womack said. “It’s takes a great deal of dedication to make something like this happen.”
Womack is already looking ahead to next season. He will work this summer at camps as well as with coaches Isaiah Berry and Elihue Foskey.
“We are very proud of him,” Lofton said. “We really wanted him on the podium to get that championship medal.”
Also at last week’s state meet in Jefferson, Winder-Barrow’s Justin Thompson, a two-time region champion, finished sixth in the pole vault with a height of 12-6. That mark was shared by five athletes but tie-breakers were used to determine placing. The winning height was 13-6 by John Rudd of North Atlanta.
Tyrin Moore cleared 11-0 and was 13th in the pole vault.
Hall of Fame pole vaulting coach Cook Holliday said he was impressed with how Moore quickly picked up on the pole vault.
“He told me he felt he could do it so I told him to prove it,” Holliday said. “In my 48 years of coaching, I have never seen anyone pick up on it so quickly. I wish we had more time to work with him. What he did in such a short amount of time was very impressive.”
William Wright set a personal record in the 1,600-meter run in 4:32.43 to take 10th place. Apalachee’s Nick Zvirbulis was 14th in the 3,200-meter run Friday evening.