College of the Siskiyous freshmen throwers Ty Slater and Josh Peck both earned second place medals at the California Community College State Track and Field Championships this past weekend in Sacramento.

The combined difference between their second places and winning state championships was less than two feet.

“Ty and Josh are two of the most dedicated, focused, and enjoyable kids I have been around while coaching,” said Siskiyous head coach Shannon Maas.  

Slater second in javelin

Slater took the lead in the javelin with a throw of 66.17 meters (217 feet, 1 inch) in the final round of three throws, and he remained on top until Adam Bianchessi of Mt. San Antonio heaved it 66.46m on his final throw to take the lead.

Slater had one more chance at the title but, according to Maas, “his left block leg buckled on his block step and he couldn't get the transfer or power he needed to take it. Ty was a great competitor at State, but just ran out of juice and over-tried a bit on his last throw and it didn't materialize into a state championship.”

Maas called the State javelin competition “the best I have ever seen.”
He said, “Slater had a great series of throws taking the lead from the first throw and holding steady through the first three rounds of throws. All his throws were in the 200 foot range and were progressively getting longer with each toss.”

Slater and Bianchessi traded the lead back and forth throughout the competition. After his best throw, Slater was more than six feet ahead, then Bianchessi “popped a big, big one” that went more than seven feet further than his previous best of the season.

Slater had won the Nor Cal javelin championship a week earlier by nearly 25 feet with a throw of 214-2.

Peck second in discus

Peck finished just 0.18 meters (7 inches) behind the winning state discus throw of 52.18m by DeAnza sophomore Derek White.

Maas noted that Peck finished ahead of Willy Irwin of Fresno City, the California high school state champion in both discus and shot put, who won the state JC shot put title earlier in the day. Irwin went into the event as the favorite to win the discus by nearly 10 feet.

After opening with two strong throws, Maas said Peck “wasn't getting enough height on the throws and they were kind of fluttering.  If he could have gotten another few degrees height on his release, he would have gotten the school record easily.”

The 16 points accumulated by Slater and Peck earned Siskiyous an 18th place finish in the men’s standings at the state championships, 6th best among Northern California teams.

Maas praised Siskiyous throws coach Les Courtemanche for the work he did with the Eagles this season.

“We both put in a lot this past summer going to clinics and trying to improve our coaching abilities, and it really showed for Courtemanche,” said Maas. “To take a javelin kid from 189' 7" in high school to a 217' 1" in one season – an improvement of nearly 28 feet – is pretty amazing.”

Maas also thanks his father, former Eagles football and track coach Phil Maas “for coming out for another season and helping me out with the kids. Without him, it would be a very much less talented team out there for the Eagles.”