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Athlete of the week is Wheatley's Haghighi

The feat

Broke the shot put record at the Hispanic Games with a throw of 61-feet, 91/2-inches. Haghighi broke the record by 4 inches and scored a personal best by 2-feet, 31/2-inches. He also placed second in the weight throw at the Melrose Trials with a toss of 60-2.

The quote

"The most important fundamental in shot put is technique. You can be strong as an ox and you won't throw half as well as someone who has perfected their technique. You need both solid strength and skilled technique to succeed."

Coach's quote

"Now that Josh has broken the 60-foot mark he is on another level. Volleyball courts are about 60 feet so we practice throwing from one end to the other and he can consistently hit the distance." - Dan Walsh

Other events

Haghighi says discus, a spring event, is his favorite because it "takes more than muscle and requires flow." The athletes are also able to watch the discus fly whereas with the shot put it hits the ground by the time they finish their follow through.

What's next

Haghighi has verbally committed to the University of Maryland and looks forward to signing in early February. This season, he hopes to reach 63-6 in the shot put and over 65-0 in the weight throw.

The lightning round

What is your career highlight? Breaking the meet record at the Hispanic Games at the Armory.

Favorite video game? "Call of Duty."

Favorite TV show? "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

What is on your iPod? Rob Zombie.

"It helps pump me up with

adrenaline," he said.

Last movie that you saw? "The Hangover."

Favorite subject? Math

Favorite food? Italian.

Favorite place to vacation? Italy.

Dream Car? Challenger.

- KAELA MAHON

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