RUPERT – It’s hard to keep a well manicured lawn when you’re housing the state’s all-time best shot-put thrower.
“My mom gets pretty mad because I put big old holes in her yard,” said Minico’s Josh Barclay, holder of Idaho’s all-division state meet record, heaving it 64 feet, 9 inches last month. “I wasn’t expecting to get this far this year, but I have spent a lot of time working on technique and it definitely showed.”
The Times-News Thrower of the Year won the shot-put by nearly 15 feet and the discus by the same distance, arguably one of the more remarkable track and field feats in the state of Idaho.
Last year Barclay, this year just a junior, threw a bit in the shadow of the monstrous Brett Thompson (now a football player at Idaho State), finishing fourth to Thompson’s third in shot-put, and not qualifying in discus when Thompson finished third.
“Brett Thompson had pure strength to get that thing out there,” Barclay said. “The one thing I needed to do more is work on my technique.”
Barclay, who works in his dad’s shop during the summer, is plenty strong, sporting lifts of over 300 pounds in both the bench press and deadlift.
But the Spartans torch was carried on in spectacular fashion, as Barclay is being recruited by multiple prominent university’s around the country.
How did he do it?
There’s no throwing off-season for Barclay, who plays football and basketball.
“Usually in the summertime I will throw three times a week,” Barclay said. “I go to as many camps as I can. Then I throw twice a week during football season. In the winter time I go in twice a week during mornings and then before basketball practice.”
Barclay wants more. He could get a scholarship to an elite Division I program, but he wants the 4A state discus record of just over187 feet, a mark he was 22 feet short of at the state meet this year, where he put up “average” throws, at least for Barclay, in both events.
“I just want to keep beating myself,” Barclay said.
Barclay has a 3.7 g.p.a. and is being recruited by some of the top academic schools in the country.