Pasco’s Brandon Stroh proudly held the New State Meet Record sign Friday morning.
Stroh and the rest of the wheel chair/mixed field events placers were honored for their efforts Thursday, but since their events ran late, they were recognized during the Day 2 events.
Stroh, who lost his left leg in a lawn mower accident when he was 3, won the discus, shot put and javelin events. He shattered the state record in the discus with a throw of 86 feet, 9 inches, and set a new state standard in the shot at 28-4 ¾ — three feet better than the old record.
In the javelin, Stroh had a mark of 76-6, not a state record, but a mark that still brought a bright smile.
“I took state last year in all three,” Stroh said. “I got two of the three state records — those were my goal this year.”
Stroh, who also competes on the Pasco wrestling team, had an advantage over Chiawana’s Mac Graff and Southridge’s Asante Foner, who both use a wheel chair, and simply had a strength advantage over Richland’s Jesse Brown, who lost his right leg.
“I mostly compete against myself,” Stroh said. “I have more competition with Jesse — we have the same issue.”
Graff, a former football and baseball player for the Riverhawks until a fall during hunting season last fall left him unable to walk, picked up silver medals in the javelin (56-9) and discus (57-6) and a bronze in the shot put (17-0 ½).
“This was fun,” Graff said. “I had to do something to take the place of football and baseball — sports I don’t get to do anymore. This gives me an opportunity to get back into sports.”
The state meet came just a couple of days after Graff shot a 300-pound black bear on a special hunt Tuesday just outside of Cranbrook, British Columbia.
The hunt was organized by Youth Outdoors Unlimited of Moses Lake.
“It was amazing,” said Graff, an avid hunter. “The opportunity they gave me was pretty special.”
Brown finished second in the shot put (19-0) and third in the discus (50-1) and javelin (56-6).
Foner was fourth in each event, with his best effort coming in the shot put at 15-9 ¾.