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March 2, 2013

Jean DePlacido column: Prep shot putters gear up for nationals

Over the years, there have been some excellent shot putters at St. John’s Prep. Standouts like Rich McNeil, Chris Murtagh and Sean Enos are some of the best that long-time head coach Ray Carey has ever had.

But in his 36 years at St. John’s, Carey has never had two of his shot putters throw over 54 feet.

Until this season.

Senior David Roy and junior Evan Dombrowski both achieved that incredible feat for the Eagles this winter.

“They push each other all the time,” said Carey. “Right now they’re the last two kids on the team, so they’re so they’re still working to get ready for New Englands (today) and then in New York for Nationals on March 9. They’re so close in ability that their personal bests are within two inches of each other.”

Roy finished second at the Division 1 meet this winter at 52 feet 10 inches, while Dombrowski was right behind him (52-8) in third place as the Eagles finished 10th overall.

Last weekend at All-States, Roy took second again (54-11) with Dombrowski fifth (53-10 1/2).

“Qualifying mark for nationals is 53-5,” said Carey. “I don’t work directly with them; all the credit has to go to our two throwing coaches. Bill Boyle and I have coached together for 30 years, while Tim McAuliffe threw for us and recently graduated from Boston College. The older guy and the younger person make a nice combination.

“Both David and Evan are rotary throwers. The older shot put style is the glide, but now there are a lot more using the rotary technique. It has advantages, but spinners do tend to be a little unpredictable.”

At the Prep, shot putters have to throw outside the entire winter (although in bad weather Carey said they don’t go out). “Throwing outdoors is something you get used to,” said Roy. “We have our outdoor circle or throw in the parking lot because we can’t throw inside. One thing that really does help is having Evan working with me.”

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