Shot Putters Leave a Mark This Season


Mike Scanlan

Denzel Pettaway (left), and Justice Mentor ( Right ) take the stand during Essex Country Relays.

Isaiah Moses, Staff Writer

Often overlooked as part of  the track team, the field team is bringing its indoor season to a strong close. With two key varsity athletes, senior Denzel Pettway and UDl Justice Mentor, the team was able to have a better than decent season. The shot put relay team grabbed first place in Essex County relays with Justice and Denzel’s combined distance of 88 ⅓ feet. Their win assisted the track team in finishing 5th place overall. Throughout the season, they racked up wins at many meets in a variety of divisions.


In the beginning of the season, Denzel, the star shot putter, was put to the test when he started to have recurring chest pains. It affected his training, but for him there were no days off.


“I had to find ways to overcome the odds against me,” Denzel said.


With the season wrapping up, the team is stronger than ever and ready to work even harder for outdoor season. Regardless of his accomplishments, Denzel said he could have done better.

” I’m not all that happy with my result this season,” he admitted.

On the other hand, Justice said he finished off the season strong. He is a new face at the varsity level but that didn’t stray him away from his goal.

“I worked hard and came to practice,” he said.  He also gives Denzel some recognition.

“I look up to Denzel and the way he works,” Justice said.

The shot put team’s season is over after March 13 when Denzel will compete at Nationals. The team is looking to continue the success and hopes to send more athletes to outdoor nationals.