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JOSH FISCHER spins before releasing the weight throw. Fischer placed fourth with a personalrecord mark. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photo)

JOSH FISCHER spins before releasing the weight throw. Fischer placed fourth with a personalrecord mark. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photo)

KJ COOK gets ready to launch the weight throw. Cook won with a lifetime-best throw. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photo)

KJ COOK gets ready to launch the weight throw. Cook won with a lifetime-best throw. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photo)

PM Throwing Alums Put On Show At VMI Indoor Meet

Parry McCluer High School alums KJ Cook and Josh Fischer, who won state throwing championships in high school, were in Lexington last weekend to compete in the VMI Indoor Classic at the Corps Physical Training Facility in Lexington.

Cook, a 2017 PM graduate who is now a junior at The College of William and Mary, won the weight throw on Friday afternoon with a lifetime-best throw of 19.61 meters (64 feet, 4 inches), the ninth-longest throw in school history. The weight throw involves throwing a 35-pound weight connected to a chain.

A finance major who earned Honorable Mention All-America honors last year, Cook placed third in the shot put on Saturday morn ing with a season-best toss of 17.43 meters (57-2.25), the 14th-best mark in school history. The William and Mary men’s track and field team placed third of 25 teams at the meet. While in high school, Cook won four in

While in high school, Cook won four individual state championships for the Blues – two in the shot put (indoor and outdoor) and two in the discus (outdoor). Cook holds PM school records in both events, with a heave of 178-2.5 in the discus and a throw of 58-1 in the shot put.

Fischer, a 2018 PM graduate who is a redshirt freshman at Gardner-Webb University, recorded PRs in both events at VMI. He placed fourth in the weight throw with a throw of 17.4 meters (57-1), the fourth-best mark in school history, and finished sixth in the shot put with a toss of 15.86 (52 feet), the fifth-best mark in school history. During his senior year in high school, Fischer won state titles in the shot put in indoor and outdoor track and won the discus in outdoor track. He redshirted last season, only competing as an unattached thrower, so he has four years of eligibility.

At PM, Fischer and Cook were coached by Danny Cole and Matthew Douglas, who came to watch them throw on Saturday morning. Family members were also in attendance for the meet.

Prior to competing in the last flight of the weight throw, Fischer reflected on the transition from high school to college. “You’re not the top dog anymore,” he said. “You’ve got to work a little harder. I’ll be doing drills 15-20 minutes before I even start.”

Fischer said he learned a lot from his high school coaches. “They instill a work ethic, and that’s just the kind of guys they are,” he said. “They know you need to work for what you get,” he added. “It’s not so much about intensity anymore. It’s more of slowing everything down. It’s completely basic, and we’re learning basics more and more.”

Fischer said he was glad to compete at the same meet as Cook, as he did last month at the Keydet Invitational. “I started joking around with him,” Fischer said. “He had to go be professional … We’ll get serious after a little bit, him probably a little more than me.”

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