Luis Bolanos-Cruz made an adjustment of only a couple inches, but the results added nearly two feet to his program record in the shot put.
The junior for the Central Crossing High School boys track and field team placed sixth in the Division I state meet June 1 and 2 at Ohio State with a throw of 57 feet, 5 inches.
Bolanos-Cruz moved his starting position of the shot from his chin to the back of his jaw, and that helped him break his own program record of 55-11 1/4.
"I was holding it really low on my neck like I'm a glider, but I really don't throw that way," he said. "I changed to holding (the shot) a little higher, and now it's a lot more powerful.
"Now I'm coming through the shot put instead of trying to push it out with just a little bit of arm strength. I was able to use my body and able to use my torque to be able to put it all together and come all the way through. I was able to come out with a big (personal record)."
Bolanos-Cruz had three throws of 57-0 or better at state. That doesn't include a foul on his first attempt that appeared to have traveled more than 59 feet.
"We were all surprised that Luis fouled on that because we didn't see the foul, but that's what they called it," throws coach Sarah Hall said. "He's only a junior and he threw almost 55 feet at regional to almost 60 here.
"We made some adjustments from regional to state. We actually pulled the shot back a little bit farther to keep his elbow and his chest up when he comes through. He did amazing and he was consistently at 57 feet or better on every throw."
Bolanos-Cruz also threw the discus but failed to make the finals, finishing 14th (154-5).
"Luis needed 164-10 to get (to the finals), which would have been a (personal record) for him," said coach Reggie Cannon, who completed his second season leading the boys and girls teams. "It was a tough field. No one in our region made the final.
"He had a good day because he's at state. You would have liked to see him on the podium in both events, but that wasn't meant to be. It gives him motivation and more to work for next year."
Bolanos-Cruz was the only state competitor for Central Crossing. He scored three points to give the Comets a tie for 45th behind champion Pickerington Central (58) as 69 teams scored.
He also was the lone competitor in the regional May 23 and 25 at Pickerington North, where Central Crossing tied for 14th (16) behind champion Central (97) as 41 teams scored. Bolanos-Cruz was second in both the shot put (55-11 1/4) and discus (154-11).
The Comets finished fifth (53) in the OCC-Central Division meet May 10 and 12 behind Hilliard Davidson (159), Upper Arlington (117), host Dublin Coffman (105) and Marysville (72) and ahead of Westland (15).
Bolanos-Cruz won the discus (program-record 161-8) and shot put (54-1/4), and the 800-meter relay of sophomore Anthony Lowe, junior Manny Codjoe and seniors Amare' Edwards and Jerry Erwin also was first (1 minute, 42.32 seconds).
Senior C.J. Patrick was third in the 800 (1:58.91) and ran on the third-place 1,600 relay (3:39.67) with senior Greg Patrick, junior Sel Adehe and Codjoe. The Patricks and juniors Michael Fry and Avery Wright were on the fourth-place 3,200 relay (8:39.6), and Adehe was fourth in the 110 hurdles (16.34).
"The goal every year is to try to get as many people to state as possible," Cannon said. "It takes a certain drive and desire to compete at state. There's only one meet in Ohio that's in June, and you have to have the drive to get here. That should be our goal every year."
Girls team endures 'difficult' season
The girls track team did not have a state or regional qualifier.
The Comets' season ended when they finished last (1) of 16 teams behind champion Gahanna (164) in the Division I, district 2 meet that concluded May 19 at Hilliard Darby. Junior Zoey Calafatis, freshman Rachel Sinyuk, sophomore Haylee Snodgrass and junior Mia Martinez-Cruz were eighth in the 3,200 relay (11:21.82).
Central Crossing finished sixth (4) in the OCC-Central meet behind Davidson (201), UA (124), Coffman (108), Marysville (78) and Westland (6). Freshman Amelia Geisler, senior Bailee Davis, freshman Martine Gay and sophomore Aleah Ward placed fourth in the 800 relay (1:59.07).
"When you have 28 girls on your roster and not all of them are healthy, it's difficult," Cannon said. "We have one of the toughest districts and regions in the state and it's tough to just to be competitive like that.
"There is room for improvement for everyone. We have to buy into the program and they have to want to get better, want to compete and want to put in the hard work to get there."