The US is well known for the good shot putters they produce. In recent years, there were many who started out big in high school and followed a professional career. It seems the next generation is coming up very soon. Jordan Geist, a junior from Knoch High School in Butler Country, destroyed Ryan Whiting’s PIAA record throwing 22.63m (74′ 3″). Jordan already was producing some personal best over the season. First, he threw 21.71m indoors in March and then improved also his outdoor best to 22.27m in April.
In 2005, Ryan Whiting, well-known shot put thrower from the US and highly decorated with medals, threw the 5.44kg ball 70 feet. “Nice job Jordan Geist! Continuing the tradition of PA shot excellence!”, said Ryan Whiting and Jordan Geist responded: “I can only hope to follow in your footsteps, Ryan Whiting!”.
“It was definitely a relief–I didn’t need to worry about getting the record from there on,” Geist said of doing it on his first try. “It was just a really good feeling.”
“It’s just knowing that there are kids all over the country with a target on my back,” Geist said of what keeps him hungry. “There are kids in California and Texas throwing 71 feet, and really just trying to push me harder. Hopefully, I can get them both at the national meets.”
Judy Whalen Geist:
What a GREAT day! Jordan not only broke the state record, but he crushed it! Threw 74′ 3.5″! Thank you Mr. Elliot for coming to witness history
— Timothy Johnson (@tjj5009) May 27, 2016