State track and field, 5.20.2016

Beatrice's Cameron Jurgens throws in the finals of the Class B boys shot put during the state track and field championships Friday at Burke Stadium.

Cameron Jurgens ended up putting on the weekend show many thought he might.

After posting the best all-around throw in the shot put at the state meet on Friday (60-4 1/2), the sophomore from Beatrice followed it up with an even better performance on Saturday.

How's 196-8 in the discus do you? It gave Jurgens the all-around gold medal in that event as well.

The next two years will be fun to watch as the 16-year-old Husker football commit takes aim at state records in both the shot put and discus.

>>> The number he has to reach in the shot put is 66-11 1/2, set by Schuyler's Marty Kobza in 1981. Already in competition, Jurgens has thrown 63-3, which ranks seventh all-time on the state's charts.

>>> The number he has to reach in the discus is 203-6, set by Superior's Andy Meyer in 1989.  Jurgens' throw of 196-8 on Saturday now places him eighth all-time on the state's charts.

What's interesting to note is he's also starting to get into the range of the throws Husker freshmen defensive tackles Carlos and Khalil Davis were making when they were high schoolers in Blue Springs, Missouri.

Consider that last year, Carlos won the Missouri state championship in the shot put with a throw of 60-5 3/4. Khalil finished second behind him at 58-8 1/4. So Jurgens is already right there.

He still has some work to do to catch what the Davis twins did in high school in their strongest event, the discus, but he's getting closer. Last year, as a senior, Carlos won the event in Missouri with a throw of 201-9.

Mind you, Carlos also launched what was the nation's best throw for a high schooler of 214-4 last year, and won state as a junior with a throw of 212-5. That's going big.

Whether Jurgens can get to that point in the discus before his high school career is over is a stiff challenge, but he definitely sounded the alarm bells this week that long-held state records in two events are far from safe.

Reach the writer at bchristopherson@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraBC.


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