LANCASTER - Coming into the event, Michael Carter had the fifth best throw of any athlete in the state of Texas.

With a chance to top the 62-05.00 mark, the senior shot put hurler would come up short – 16 inches to be exact.

Carter would end his final district competition winning the shot put title with a 61-01.00 throw during the district 15-4A track and field meet Tuesday afternoon at Beverly D. Humphrey Stadium.

“I did pretty good,” Carter said. “But, I still think there is more room to get better.”

Better would be hard to do this year since Carter has the top mark of any class 4A shot putter. Hawks’ coach Derek Dorris sees room for improvement as well.

“He threw well today,” Dorris said. “But we have to keep improving. He has a chance to get 65.”

While Dorris has his sight set high, he was also pleased with the performance of Carter’s teammate Preston Sanders.

The Red Oak shot putter ended the event with a throw of 57-07, which placed Sanders in second place.

Sanders gives some of the credit for his success to Carter and the role he plays on the team.

“He’s really inspirational,” Sanders said. “Watching him throw makes me want to do better. It makes me want to work hard.”

Rounding out the top three are Waxahachie’s Ruben White (55-03.00) who narrowly beat out the Hawks third shot putter Corwin Pace (54-09.00).

Others participating in the finals were Ennis’ Michael Guinyard (47-09.00), Lancasters’ Jarrett Golightly (47-00.00), Midlothian’s Clint Mentzel (45-08.00) and Waxahachie’s Gary Mason, Jr. (43-08.00).

Carter, Sanders and White will compete in the shot put event at the regional tournament in Denton.

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