How Iowa OL signee Tristan Wirfs threw the third-longest shot put in Hawkeye State history
Land of 10 has embarked on a series of “Next Generation” articles, a project that aims to bring our readers greater insight into the class of 2017 signees. Land of 10 Iowa writers Scott Dochterman and Bobby La Gesse are hard at work visiting the Iowa incoming freshman class to show you more than its 40-yard dash times and recruiting rankings. We recently talked with 4-star OT Tristan Wirfs, but before we bring you the full profile on the Mount Vernon, Iowa, star, here is a sneak peek at what you can expect.
MOUNT VERNON, Iowa — The put felt pure when the shot left Tristan Wirfs’ hand. There were no marks to gauge distance, but he watched it land beyond his previous marks of 61 and 62 feet.
He screamed and jumped around the circle because he knew it was far. He didn’t realize how far; he didn’t know that his toss of 65 feet, 10 ½ inches on Tuesday was the third-longest in Iowa high school history.
“I went nuts,” Wirfs said.
The Iowa offensive line signee didn’t see the performance coming. Most of his shot puts had hovered around the 60-foot mark. His technique clicked on Tuesday. He finished his throws and extended over the toe board for the first time this spring. He threw 61-5 and 62-4 in the prelims, sending his confidence growing into the finals. Wirfs secured his place in the Iowa record books with his fifth toss of the day.
“Now I’m throwing bombs,” Wirfs said. “It’s nice.”
The product of pre-workout and salami, A new PR and 3rd best throw in Iowa History! 65' 10 1/2" 💣💯 pic.twitter.com/oLoRAjnXtT
— Big T (@TristanWirfs74) April 11, 2017
The state record is 70-11, set by Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s Doug Lane in 1968. Wirfs is within striking distance of second, currently held by Newton’s Chase Madison and his toss of 66 in 2004.
The shot was just the start to his night. He also threw the discus 187-6 ½. It’s the longest combined discus and shot put performance by an Iowa high school athlete in a single meet, according to Mike Jay, the Iowa high school state track and field announcer.
— Mike Jay/Next Level (@MikeJaytrackxc) April 12, 2017
“He had a career night and discus was a little bit more of a struggle,” Mount Vernon boys’ track coach Ryan Whitman said. “He was throwing out of bounds a lot. To see it come and see him break through in both was the best.”
Wirfs writes out his goals before every track season. For this season, his goals included winning the state title in the shot put and discus, throwing the disc 200 feet and the shot 65 feet. He needs to update the sheet before his next meet. He’s thinking his next goal will be 67 or 68 feet.
“It’s doable,” Wirfs said. “All my throws were consistent. I didn’t have a bunch at 60 and one at 65. I followed it up with a 64-3 ½ (on Thursday). It’s not like I went down into the 50s. I can still throw far.”
Previous Iowa Next Generation stories
- Camron Harrell is chasing a triple crown this track season.
- How the most trying winter of offensive lineman Coy Kirkpatrick’s life helped turn him into a leader.
- How Kirkpatrick went from an Iowa State fan to an Iowa signee.
- The academic slap in the face that led defensive tackle Daviyon Nixon on a path to Iowa.
- Why his dad’s workout routine helped mold Nixon into a Hawkeye.
- How wide receiver Henry Marchese’s recruiting odyssey ended with his dream offer.
- Why Iowa-Illinois is personal to Marchese and two of his brothers.
- How his father and brother inspired running back Ivory Kelly-Martin and helped lead him to Iowa.
- Why Kelly-Martin needed to be true to his school and transfer to his neighborhood school, Oswego East High School, for his senior season.
- How the honesty of the Iowa staff helped land punter Ryan Gersonde.
- Aussie football provided Gersonde with uncanny accuracy.
- Why wide receiver Max Cooper views Matt VandeBerg as a potential mentor.
- A look at how Cooper could make an immediate impact at wide receiver.
- Nate Wieland’s size and speed suggest he can develop into a special linebacker with the Hawkeyes.
- Iowa 5-star defensive end A.J. Epenesa has a giant burger named for him near his hometown.