State Track Meet: Beverage aims for state title
ONA, W. Va. (WCHS-TV/WVAH) - Gavin Beverage has grown into one of the state's top competitors in shotput and discus. But even with the state tournament just around the corner, he says personal improvement is his only concern.
"Placing is obviously important, but my goal as an athlete is to beat myself, my PR. That way I can capitalize on how I work, my form and in the end, it's about getting better each day," Beverage said.
"It's a great story because last year at the beginning of the year he was probably 34 feet and not even at 110 in the disk. By the end of the season, he was throwing 46 and upper 120's and qualified in each of the states. He didn't place in the states, but he got that experience," track and field coach Chris Parson said.
And believe it or not, field events didn't always appear in the cards for the Junior. He originally started his career on the track.
"In sixth grade, I started running hurdles, and as I got older realized that's not the way I needed to go about things. My brother threw shot put and discus in middle school. I picked it up one day and thought, 'you know what, I kind of-of liked this,' and decided to give it a try. In seventh grade, I decided to go in, and that's where it started," Beverage said.
Now a state qualifier for the second straight year, Beverage has a clear shot at a state championship.
"We have a tremendous tradition in shot and disk. Numerous shot champs in boys and girls and a number of champions in discus, and he's looking to add his picture to the wall of champions there at Cabell Midland," Parsons said.