Some Carthage Junior High School track and field records were broken on May 7, but one was particularly special.
When eighth grader Zachary Thornton made his third and final discus throw of the season, he gave it his best shot and ended up breaking a 43-year-old record for the school. The record was documented as 155.1 feet, set by David Howerton in 1969. Thornton threw the disc 158.7 feet. David Howerton now lives in Paducah, Ky., but his parents, Jim and Nancy Howerton, were pleased to meet the young man on Tuesday who broke their son's record.
“I think it's wonderful,” Nancy said of the record-breaking. “I think he'll do just as good as David.”
David is a 1973 CHS graduate who went on to play football for the University of Kansas. This sounded promising to Thornton as he plans on playing high school football, wrestling, track and field.
“I called David,” Nancy said with a big smile. “I said 'can you imagine? It's been 43 years.'”
Adding to the special day, Tuesday happened to be Jim and Nancy's 63rd anniversary. When David set the record, he credited his successes to his father. On Tuesday, Thornton credited his coach, Bob Holman.
“I was thinking if it wasn't for him I wouldn't of done it,” Thornton said of his inspiring coach.
“I'm very proud,” Holman said. “He works hard to achieve his goals and it definably shows.
“What's exciting is that a sport can bring three generations together,” he continued. “A record can unite this many people. But an achievement is much more than a record.”
Also setting new records on May 7 was Trey Collins, in the long jump; Collins, Tyler Martin, Payton Novinger and Cale Vogt, in the 4 X 200 relay. Collins was high point winner for seventh grade boys, and Tyler Ralston was high point winner for eighth grade boys. Kiley Tiller was high point winner for seventh grade girls, and Kimberly Teed was high point winner for eighth grade girls.