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Peters a Drake champ
May 03, 2013 · Crystal Eskelsen


It was like a story from a movie.

The throw was off, and it looked like it was going to be a good one.

Then they blew the whistle to warn the crowd because it looked to be headed out of bounds.

Cue the dramatic music.

Suddenly a wind came up and blew the disc back into fair territory.

It hit the ground and he knew it was a good a throw.

Mount Vernon junior Robbie Peters can see the whole thing happen in slow motion as he talks about the moment.

"I thought it was a pretty good throw," Peters said. "I was really surprised to find out it was 174 feet."

Peters won the Drake title, throwing 14 feet further than he ever had before. Runner-up Ethan Fenchel of Western Christian threw the discus 170 feet, five inches.

Mount Vernon's Cal Kragenbrink also competed at Drake in the discus competition. Kragenbrink finished 16th with a throw of 148-9.

"I owe this opportunity to my Lord and Savior," Peters said. "I am also grateful to my parents and both of my coaches, Ryan Whitman and Jon Bellamy."

Peters went into the competition at Drake as the 10th seeded thrower in the discus.

"Up until Drake I hadn't won a meet this year," Peters said. "About an hour after I won I was sitting at McDonalds eating with my dad and it finally sank in - I have to defend this title."

"All the time and work he puts in paid off," said Ryan Whitman, Mount Vernon head coach. "I am extremely proud of him and the best part was that Robbie said he had more work to do with state coming up."

This is just the third Drake title for Mount Vernon. Peters joins an elite group of Mustangs including Nikki Nelson, who won the 800m title in 1998, and John Martin, who won the shot put title in 1990.

Peters will compete at conference and districts in the coming weeks.

"I am just going to keep working on my technique," he said. "I will be trying to break my own record."

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