Dalton Rowan Wins Gold in Discus

Dalton Rowan after gold medalOak Ridge high school’s Dalton Rowan and Torian Oakley travelled to UT’s Mike Myers Stadium for the Texas 5A Track and Field  State Championships and did their school proud.
Rowan realized a childhood dream by earning the discus Gold Medal with a throw of 177.1 making Track and Field the third sport to have a 5A champion at Oak Ridge high school along side Wrestling and Powerlifting. Oakley flew in with the bronze in the 100 at 10.61. Sherrod Evans of Dulles won Gold in 10.39 and Jaylon Nicks of North Shore the silver in 10.50.
The last Track and Field athlete at Oak Ridge to win a state championship was high jumper Shaun Kologinczak (Kolo) in 1998 when he skied to 7’0″ to take the 4A crown.
War Eagle “Throws” coach, Kristin Dube has had the privilege of working with Rowan for two years. “Seeing Dalton evolve as an athlete has been awesome. His discipline and technical work has made him the thrower he is today.” Dube continued, “This entire season Dalton has demonstrated first class abilities. Thankfully, he has fulfilled his dream of being the class 5A State Champion. One of the proudest moments in a coach’s career is seeing one of their athletes achieve what the athlete thought was impossible but what you saw all along… he has made me so proud.”
Rowan has come from being a 130 foot sophomore thrower and not the most coachable athlete to a technically sound, picture perfect 184’10” (personal best) soon to be collegiate thrower. Coach Dube added, “I love my throwers and my heart is full for Dalton and his incredible journey this season. Not only have I taught him but he has taught me as well.”
Rowan has interest from the University of Miami, Mary Hardin Simmons and Texas Tech.
Oakley’s personal best in the 100 is 10.60. He will be taking that speed to West Texas A&M to play football. He may run track as well. With jets like his, you would hope that the athletic people at West Texas A&M encourage it.
Oak Ridge athletics strikes again!
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Doug Sarant, Oak Ridge Now

Born and raised in New England, Doug promises he got to Texas as fast as he could. He earned the much needed "piece of paper" from Sam Houston State, proving to himself he could start and finish something. Doug's interests include coaching and playing any sport and still plays lacrosse competitively. He also enjoys going to dinner theaters, though he complains there just aren't enough of them in the area. Doug was brought up in a cultured environment, having suffered through dozens of symphonies and operas with his way too over-educated mother. At the end of the day, Doug is just a dad and husband and claims to be good at both.

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