Nationally ranked Fond du Lac thrower eyes state records

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (WBAY) - Fond du Lac senior Andrew Stone has the fifth best shot put throw in the nation.

Fond du Lac senior thrower Andrew Stone took first in the shot put at the FVA Conference Meet on Monday, setting a new conference record.

Stone's 66-foot and 3.5-inch throw at the Fox Valley Association Quad Meet on April 23 is just a foot and 2.5 inches from tying the WIAA State record set by Green Bay Preble's Steve Marcelle in 2005.

But Stone has his eyes on breaking the record.

"I've actually thrown the state record indoor for shot (put) so I know I can do it obviously. It's just a matter of going out there and just doing it," Stone said after Monday.

Stone, the defending WIAA Division 1 shot put state champion has already thrown better this year than he did last year to win the state title.

At Monday's FVA Conference Meet he broke two meet records, crushing a 37-year-old record in the discus by six feet and then his own record in the shot put which he set last year.

Stone will attend the University of Wisconsin after receiving a full ride Track and Field scholarship. Initially he had planned on trying to play football in college after playing guard and defensive tackle for the Cardinals.

"I just kind of realized that my numbers in shot (put) and discus were a lot further than what I thought and I realized that track is probably going to be my best option," Stone said.

A year ago, Stone finished second in the discus but currently has the best throw in the state at 190-feet, 6 inches which is 12 feet better than anyone else. Plus it's good enough for 18th in the country.

"It's huge but I know that I have a lot more left so luckily Regionals, Sectionals and State, I want to hit those numbers and hopefully get the state records," Stone said.

The D1 WIAA State record in the discus has been held by Verona's Luke Sullivan since 1993. Sullivan's 193 foot, 3 inch throw is less than two feet away from his best throw this year but it's obtainable.

"A lot of it is your form.You can be super strong and still not throw far so just practice, practice and hopefully when it comes to meet day -- do it," Stone said.

WIAA Track and Field Regionals are on Monday, May 20. Sectionals are on Thursday, May 23 and the State Championship is May 31 and June 1 at the Veterans Memorial Stadium in La Crosse, Wis.