Clark sets record; sights on State track

Clark sets record; sights on State track

by Gunnar Davis

In the years after Prairie City and Monroe combined to form PCM, the Mustangs have always had a solid crew of throwers in the sport of boys track. But a mark was hit in the discus this year that hasn’t been hit since the late 90’s: 150 feet. Junior Noah Clark recently hit that mark at the Adel-Desoto-Minburn meet on April 15, throwing 150-01 and setting a new meet record.
“It was a great accomplishment,” Clark said. “At the beginning of the year I wanted that to be my end of the year goal. I hope to stay consistently in that area.”
Clark’s throw currently sits at 13th in class 2A and he is the first person to reach 150 feet since Robby Beyer did in 1999. Beyer’s best throw in high school was 162-11. He later went on to throw at Buena Vista and has since coached throwers at North Dakota State and BVU.
“I think it’s fantastic that there’s another discus thrower from PCM that has had some success and been able to get it to fly far,” Beyer said.
His brother, Jamie, graduated in 1995 and currently holds the record for shot put and discus at PCM. He later went on to set records in the shot put at Iowa State and compete with team USA for a stretch. His high school discus record of 179-06 still stands today.
Clark has got some big goals after his big throws this year.
“My goals right now are to consistently throw in the 150’s and place top three at the meets,” he said. “Also to hopefully make it to State and by next year be close to our school record.”
Although Clark has a lot of work to do to get there, Robby hopes he does get close to his brother’s record.
“Anything’s possible,” Beyer said. “I haven’t seen Noah throw yet so I can’t say what his feeling is, but if he has the determination for it and he works hard and prepares himself for it, there’s absolutely no reason for that record not to be broken.”