Robby Watson Claims GHSA Class-A Discus and Shot Put State Title

JEFFERSON, Ga. – Twice is nice, especially for junior Robby Watson.

The FPD track and field standout took home two first-place medals on Thursday, May 14 at the GHSA Class-A Boys Private Track and Field Meet at Memorial Stadium to solidify his outstanding performance in the Discus and Shot Put.

In his first competition of the day, Watson’s throw of 153-10 bettered the competition by over five feet as he claimed the 2015 GHSA Class-A Private Boys Discus State Title.

“We are really proud of Robby,” FPD head track and field coach John Griffin said. “He’s worked hard all year long and continues to get better in the discus and shot put. He understands what it takes to become better and has put the time and effort into his craft.”

Less than an hour later, Watson was back at it again in the Shot Put. His throw of 51-06.25 stood as the best at the end of competition for the 2015 GHSA Class-A Private Boys Shot Put State Title.

“When I was waiting on my throws today, I was just praying,” Watson said. “I was asking God for strength and I really think that helped give me the edge.”

He also said it helped having his coaches and teammates near him for support.

“A lot of my coaches were here today along with our team,” Watson said. “I knew they were all rooting for me and that helped me feel a competitive edge.”

Watson was the first seed in the discus after he took first at the GHSA Class-A Private Sectionals at Landmark on May 2 with a throw of 160-02 to set a new school record.

He also finished as the Area-1 Discus Champion on April 22, measuring in at 140-02.

In the shot put, Watson finished third at Sectionals with a heave of 47-00.75.

After a stellar season, he currently holds school records in both categories.

“I’m overwhelmed,” Watson said. “It’s crazy to think about and I’m super excited to take both awards home.”

But that won’t keep him from setting new goals for the future.

“I want to try and break the state records next year for sure,” Watson said.

For the time being, though, he’ll definitely enjoy these two.

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