DES MOINES - When the pressure was on at the class 1A state shot put event in Des Moines Thursday, May 16, Midland’s Luke Lasack was calm, cool and collected, even in extremely hot conditions just outside Drake Stadium.
Lasack, who scratched on two of his first three attempts in the event, needed a huge throw just to stay in it and qualify for finals.
With the pressure on, Lasack came through.
“I was so nervous on that last throw,” said Lasack, who unleashed a phenomenal 50-foot, 1.5-inch effort that vaulted him from 24th, to fourth-place overall and earned him a spot in the shot put finals and guaranteed him a state medal.
“My coaches were calming me down. They told me ‘don’t think, just throw.’ So that’s what I did. I think it worked.”
Lasack wasn’t done yet either.
Sitting fourth entering finals, Lasack outdid himself yet again coming through with a 51-2.5 effort in the final throw of his high school career, moving him from fourth to third-place in the event.
“Coming into the state shot put my goal was to just medal,” Lasack said. “Anything in the top-8 was good enough for me. So for me to finish third in the state, yeah, I’m pretty happy with that.”
Lawton-Bronson’s Zach Verzani claimed the class 1A shot out title coming through with a throw of 54-3.25 while Bishop Garrigan’s T.J. Schnurr was runner-up with a 54-0.5 effort.
“Last year, I was pretty mad leaving state without a medal,” said Lasack, who was ninth in both the 1A shot put and discus events in 2018.
“After everything I’ve gone through this year with the car crash, this is a pretty bittersweet moment. I’m going to miss high school. I’ve loved my time at Midland, and I’ve loved representing the school. The people at Midland have been great.”
Lasack also took part in the class 1A discus Friday, May 17, where he placed eighth in his flight and 19th overall after a 126-5 effort.
Lasack, who will be attending Iowa Central Community College for welding, may continue his throwing career.
“That’s something I’m thinking about,” he said. “Iowa Central’s track coaches have approached me about throwing for them. We’ll just have to see what happens.”