Turner’s latest record day lands her third at state
Wichita Tiffany Turner was unable to achieve her goal of throwing the shot put 38 feet at the Class 5A state track meet Saturday.
Still, the Lansing High senior didn't leave Cessna Stadium feeling at all down about herself. And why should she have? She threw the shot put 39-feet, 2 Â¾ inches instead - a mark that was good enough to place her third.
Turner launched the career-best throw on her first attempt of the morning and a look of astonishment broke out on her face as she heard the distance announced. It was 15 inches farther than her previous personal record of 37-11 Â¾.
"I threw it and I was like 'Holy crap, how far is that?' because it was just before the 40 line," she said.
Prior to Saturday, Turner said 39 feet wasn't even a goal because she thought it was too far out of her range.
"I didn't think I would be able to throw that," she said. "Thirty-eight, 38-4 was my goal, and then I throw like a foot farther."
Making the throw even more surprising, Turner said, was the fact that she did it on a morning that was loaded with distractions.
"I forgot my shoes, so my mom had to go buy me some random shoes," she said. 'I was freaking out. I was like, 'OK, if I don't do good today, then at least I have an excuse."
Rather than excuses, Turner now is thanking her generic white Nike sneakers with a navy blue swoosh on the side. She said the nervous tension from forgetting her shoes contributed the the nervous tension that helped her launch her latest school-record throw.
It is likely that her new record will stand for quite a while.
"I'm glad that I threw that far," Turner said. "I'm really excited to see who will break my record at school."