TRIA Prep Salute, May 23: Rosemount record setting shot put thrower Hayden Bills
Throwing a shot put takes precise footwork and spinning. If done right, it can look like a dance move. Rosemount senior Hayden Bills can throw it further than anyone else in the state.
“We were anticipating for this. I’ve been working for this for a long time, hopefully it pays off here in a little bit,” Bills said.
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One payoff for Bills came last week when he broke the all time state record by more than a foot. Hayden threw 66′ 8.75.” The previous record was 65-8 set in 2012.
“It’s definitely a cool thing but at the end of the day it’s just another name on the board,” said Bills. “It’s kind of neat that it’s something that other kids can chase when they are going through this too.”
Throwing a shot put at record setting distances doesn’t always transfer to throwing a discus, but Bills is the best in the state at throwing that too.
“He has the combination of what I call ‘it,’ said Pat Ahern, a throwing coach at Rosemount. “He’s fast, and he seems to be able to at the right time put his body in the correct positions.”
A few years ago, Rosemount had to grow more grass in their throwing practice area to accommodate for future Olympian Payton Otterdahl and Nebraska All American Max Otterdahl as they set records at Rosemount High School. Bills broke those records and has out thrown that grass.
“I grow up and watch other people throw and it’s going crazy far and it’s cool to see that come full circle now and it’s definitely and honor,” said Bills.
Throwing his weight around in Rosemount has paid off for Hayden Bills. He is committed to Arizona State for track and field.