By Lee Horton
Peninsula Daily News
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Josiah Greene, Neah Bay—Sprints/Long Jump
Dylan Chatters, Sequim—Sprints
C.J. Daniels, Sequim—Distance Running
Peter Butler, Port Angeles—Distance Running
Ryan Clarke, Port Townsend—Distance Running
Oscar Herrera, Sequim—Hurdles
Sam Golden, Chimacum—Hurdles
Quenton Wolfer, Crescent—Javelin/Discus
Jonny Law, Forks/Quileute Tribal—Shot Put/Discus
Miguel Morales, Forks—Discus/Shot Put
Elisha Winck, Neah Bay—Triple Jump/Long Jump/Hurdles
Skyler Coppenrath, Port Townsend—Triple Jump/Hurdles
Jackson Oliver, Sequim—High Jump
Josh Cibene, Sequim—Pole Vault
Coach of the Year: Brad Moore, Sequim
During the basketball season, the Sequim junior sunk 53 shots from beyond the 3-point arc.
His weapon of choice changed from a ball to a spear in the spring, and as good as he was with the basketball, Barry performed even better with the javelin.
And he did his best work at the end of the season.
Barry won the West Central District championship with a throw of 181 feet and 11 inches, which shattered his personal record by more than 15 feet and beat his nearest competitor by more than 20 feet.
“I peaked at the right time,” Barry said. “It felt really good. I was just smiling and having a fun time.
“It was definitely a good experience to be competing for a top spot.”
Barry, who has been selected as the All-Peninsula Boys Track and Field MVP, went on to capture third place at the Class 2A state meet the following week.
Barry said that his coach, Brad Moore, told him before the season that he could finish in the top three at state.
Barry simply had his sights set on throwing 170 to 175 feet.
“So, I exceeded my goal,” Barry said.
That was an attainable goal because Barry has made significant improvement in each of his three years throwing the javelin.
His top freshman mark was 122-07. His sophomore year, he went 150-07, which bettered his freshman mark by 28 feet.
He went on to add over 31 feet this year.
That puts him within 20 feet of surpassing 200 feet, which would be an undisputed school record — surpassing the mark with the modern javelin, which is designed to not go as far, as well as that of previous javelin design.
“He definitely has over 200 in him,” Moore said. “He's proven he has the potential to be a great thrower.”
Moore said that potential was recognized during the state meet by Duncan Atwood, a Seattle native who competed in the javelin in two Olympics.
Moore said Atwood was watching the state competitors and that Atwoord said that if anybody could catch eventual state champion Jensen Lillquist of Ellensburg, it would be Barry.
Not bad for someone who was a distance runner in middle school before a growth spurt turned him into a thrower and a jumper.
Moore credits weightlifting for Barry's improvement during his junior year and said it will be important in his future development.
“He's 6-foot-5 and long and lanky, but he's getting stronger,” Moore said. “That's going to help him.
“As good of an athlete as he is, he's just getting to the point where his strength is catching up to his size.”
As will a few technical adjustments, particularly curbing his habit of slowing down right before he releases the javelin.
“He needs to be quicker and the end,” Moore said, “so he can transfer his forward momentum into the javelin.”
Barry, who said he also has his eyes on breaking the school triple jump record, will likely be the state favorite in the javelin as the top two finishers both graduated this year.
To win state, though, Barry likely will have to stave off competitors who make sizable improvements from this year to next, just as Barry did in 2014.
They won't be chasing a stationary target, though, as Barry also will be aiming for an upswing of his own.
“Next year could be a very exciting year for him,” Moore said.
“He hasn't reached his potential yet.”
Sports Editor Lee Horton can be reached at 360-417-3525 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.