Andover thrower adds state record to resume

High school track and field records usually don’t fall in April because athletes try to peak near the end of the season, when most of the big meets are held.

Then again, maybe Thomas Anderson hasn’t peaked yet.

Anderson, an Andover High School senior and the reigning Class AA boys shot put champion, has added a state record to his resume. He threw the shot 65 feet, 8 inches at the Stillwater Pony Relays on April 21.

The previous record of 65-6 was set by Mounds View’s Nate Englin in the 2003 Pony Relays. Englin also has the best-ever throw at a state meet, 63-5 1/4 in 2004. Anderson threw 62-3 1/4 to win the 2011 Class AA shot put title. He had his previous career best of 65-4 1/2 earlier in the 2011 season.

His winning throw at the Pony Relays is more than 11 feet farther than the No. 2 throw on the state track and field honor roll.

Anderson, who has signed to compete at Arizona State University, also won the discus at the Stillwater meet with a throw of 176-1. That’s currently second on the state honor roll.

Anderson helped the Huskies win the team championship at the Pony Relays. He is scheduled to compete in the Hamline Elite meet on Friday at Hamline University in St. Paul. The Elite Meet, held at the same site as the Minnesota State High School League championships in early June, features many of the state’s top track and field performers in Class A and AA.

Mike Shaughnessy is at [email protected]