Jonah Wilson was slowly but surely making progress in the discus over his senior season.
Then came Friday.
The Clovis (Ca.) High athlete and University of Washington signee cemented his name in the record books at the Battle of the Central Section, landing a mark of 221 feet, 5 inches, which posted a new US No. 1 mark, California's all-time best throw and the 11th best throw all-time.
He's now the third high school boy to enter into the boys discus top 20 all-time this year.
Wilson becomes one of five throwers all-time who have produced a mark at 221-5 or greater. He also became the first thrower in 2017 to land a mark over 220 feet.
Canyon Del Oro (Az.) High's Turner Washington stands at No. 2 at 217-5, which is the No. 13 best all-time throw. Fort Bend Hightower's Gabe Oladipo is No. 3 at 215-2, which is tied for the 19th best mark all-time.
During his junior year, Wilson (photo above courtesy of Fresno Bee and Craig Kohlruss) had a best of 188-4, which he accomplished in winning the Central Section title. He later went on to finish sixth in the event at the California Interscholastic League Championship.
This season, however, Wilson began to make huge gains. He improved his best mark to 201-0 at the Arcadia Invitational and finished in third.
The previous California record holder was Scott Moser of Huntington Beach, who held a mark of 213-11, which was set in 1997.
After yesterday's performance, the all-time list now looks like this:
- Ryan Crouser, Barlow, OR, 237-6 --2011
- Mason Finley, Buena Vista, CO, 236-6 -- 2009
- Niklas Arrhenius, Mountain View, UT, 234-3 -- 2001
- Kamy Keshmiri, Reno, NV, 225-2 -- 1987 '
- Jonah Wilson Clovis, CA, 221-5 -- 2017
All-Time Best Throws
- 1. 237-6, Crouser
- 2. 236-6, Finley
- 3. 234-3, Arrhenius
- 4. 227-4, Crouser
- 5. 225-5, Arrhenius
- 6. 225-2, Keshmiri
- 7. 224-6, Crouser
- 8. 224-4, Crouser
- 9. 224-3, Keshmiri
- 10. 224-1, Keshmiri
- 11. 221-5, Wilson
We will have photos from the meet uploaded later today.
* National Content Producer Cory Mull contributed to this report