Doyle breaks LHS’s shot, weight records

Doyle breaks LHS’s shot, weight records

Lincoln High senior thrower Garrett Doyle has received plenty of championship medals and plaques during an outstanding winter on the Lions’ track and field team that has not only seen him break two school records, but also become the second-ranked weight thrower in the country.
Senior’s outstanding season includes country’s second-best weight throw at Dartmouth Relays

LINCOLN – These last three weeks have been the best of times in Garrett Doyle’s outstanding track and field career.

While most of his classmates were enjoying the Christmas break away from school, the Lincoln High senior and some of the other throwers on his team were busy competing in the shot put and weight throws at a few regional meets.

And no LHS athlete shined brighter over those past few weeks than Doyle, who not only broke two decades-old school records in the shot and weight, but also delivered a throw in the weight at last weekend’s Dartmouth Relays that is currently the second-best in the country this winter.

Competing in the 48th annual invitational meet at Dartmouth College’s Leverone Field House in Hanover, N.H., Doyle unleashed a throw of 69 feet, 6¼ inches that broke the school record held by David Daignault, who delivered a throw of 67-2½ in 1989.

Doyle previously owned a throw of 66-5 that had him ranked fifth in the nation, but last week’s throw allowed him to leapfrog over three throwers, one of them being Classical’s Jacob Furland, who had been ranked third with a 67-11 throw.

"It was exciting," Doyle said on Monday before joining his teammates for that afternoon’s workouts. "I had a warmup throw that was around 70 feet, so I was trying to get back there. My first throw was around 67, 68 feet and I was building up from there, and when I threw (69-6¼), it felt like a good throw, but I know there's still more there.”

If you were wondering how close Doyle is to the nation’s top throw, he’s quite a distance away. Trey Knight, a sophomore from Ridgefield, Wash., uncorked a throw of 80-7¼, and Doyle has a bit of knowledge about him.

"He's been training for a long time," Doyle said of Knight. "His dad has been training him, and he's a really big kid."

As for his school record in the shot, Doyle broke a 37-year-old mark at the RITCA Invitational on Dec. 23 at the Providence Career & Technical Academy field house. His winning toss of 53-4 was 20 inches better than the throw turned in by Patrick Egan in 1980.

"I knew that I could probably get at least the weight (record) this year," admitted Doyle. "I wasn't really expecting the shot put, but that was a bonus.”

At that same meet, Doyle cracked the top five in the national rankings in the weight by capturing second place with his 66-5 throw. Furland moved into third in the rankings by winning the event with his 67-11 throw.

Five days later, Doyle and the Lions returned to the PCTA facility, and he enjoyed a superb meet at the Rhode Island Classic that saw him earn field event MVP honors.

He helped the shot put and weight relay teams place first, and the shot team, which also included senior Evan Grivers and sophomore Kyle Moison, combined for a throw of 143-4 that broke the meet and facility records by nearly four feet.

Doyle also took runner-up honors again to Furland in the weight with a 66-foot throw.

Last weekend’s Dartmouth Relays saw the Lions rule their competition by not only sweeping the top three places in the weight behind Doyle, Grivers (60-1), and Matt Thibaudeau (59-1½), but also taking fifth place behind Michael Balestra’s throw of 57-9½. Doyle also placed third in the shot with a throw of 51-4¼.

For the girls, sophomore Jackie Andrews also delivered two top-five finishes bv placing second in the shot put (31-¾) and fifth in the weight (46-7½).

Another Lincoln athlete is also among the top 15 ranked weight throwers in the country. Grivers, who won the outdoor state javelin championship last June, is ranked 15th with a 61-foot throw.

Several big meets still remain on the calendar, such as the Northern Division championship meet on Jan. 23, the Class Championships on Feb. 3, the state championship meet on Feb. 17, and the New Englands, which are scheduled at the end of the month. All the meets will be at the PCTA.

"I'm going to try to win the state championship in the weight, and the shot put would be a bonus,” added Doyle, who noted that his top two competitors in those events will most likely be Furland and Mount Pleasant’s James Sacke, who was last June’s outdoor shot put state champion.

At last winter’s state championship meet, Doyle placed third in the shot (49-5½) and seventh in the weight (62-2¼).

While Doyle is getting ready for those big meets, he’s also trying to narrow down his college search, and he has a few big ones on his wish list.

"I talked to the Ohio State and Eastern Michigan coaches, and those are two schools that want me to go for a visit right now,” Doyle said.

The Lions, who had a Northern Division tri-meet on Wednesday night against Woonsocket and Shea at the PCTA, will wrap up its dual-meet schedule next Monday night against Tolman, Exeter/West Greenwich, and Ponaganset.