Evan Dombrowski took all the pressure off of himself with just one throw of the shot put this past weekend at the Massachusetts All State Track and Field Championships at Bridgewater State University.
The St. John’s Prep senior and Gloucester native let a monster toss go on his first attempt that traveled 56-feet-9-inches. With a throw of that caliber, the Prep record holder who won the Division 1 state shot put title the previous week, put all the pressure on the field to match
When the field finished off their final throws, nobody could match Dombrowski’s first heave, crowning him the Massachusetts All State champion.
“On my first attempt I launched one and really put the pressure on everyone else to try and catch me,” Dombrowski said. “There were a few strong throws in there but nobody did.”
Dombrowski ended up winning the event by 20 inches over Newton South’s Ryan Kim (55-feet-1-inch) to finish off his final high school All-State meet in impressive fashion.
The recently graduated senior is now preparing for the New England Track and Field Championships today back at Bridgewater State. The field will be even deeper this weekend with athletes from all over the region, but according to Dombrowski, that’s just the way he wants it.
“These big meets definitely bring out the best in me. There’s no where to hide,” he said. “I’m the kind of person that throws better in competition than in practice due to my competitive nature, and I have to focus even more at these big meets.”
Dombrowski wraps up a remarkable high school throwing career that is sending him to Brown University, where he will continue to throw at the collegiate level.
The senior has re-written the record books at St. John’s Prep this year and is one of the school’s most decorated throwers.