The 3A boys discus at the 2017 State Finals didn't come without controversy. Niceville senior and UF signee Edward Shelikoff was sitting in first with a new state leader and personal best throw of 200-3 which he hit on his first attempt.
Up walks Jarez Parks of Sebastian River for his final attempt sitting in second place. Parks is a University of Alabama signee and one of the top football prospects in the nation. He's also the 2015 and 2016 state champion in the discus. As he enters the circle he spins to perfection and launches the implement a new state record and US#5 mark of 210-5. The throw broke the previous record of 203-4 set by Charlotte High School's Wesley Stockbarger in 2004.
His throw was a personal best by over twenty feet and there is no question it flew that distance. However, in the video above it appears that Parks left the circle before the disc lands which is considered a foul. It is hard to tell when the implement touches the ground, but several officials did not call it.
According to one spectator, "It was too difficult to see if his foot touched in the front, I looked at the video in slow motion and it appears his foot in front is not causing the foul, but him leaving the circle out the back before the disc lands or "mark" is called by the officials. This is what the spectators and coaches witnessed and called. You also see the seated official lift his red flag half way but that official is overruled by the other official who watched the disc land, not Parks."
Article 9f and 9g in the rules states, "It is a foul if the competitor not under control before exiting the back half of the circle." 9g goes onto add, "It is a foul if the competitor leaves the circle before the the implement has landed and the judge calls mark."
================================================================================= Name Year School Finals Points ================================================================================= 1 Parks, Jarez 12 Sebastian Ri 64.15m 210-05 10 48.06m FOUL FOUL FOUL 60.60m 64.15m 2 Shelikoff, Edward 12 Niceville HS 61.17m 200-08 8 61.05m FOUL FOUL FOUL 57.77m 61.17m 3 Poole, Jordan 12 Chiles HS 50.91m 167-00 6 46.62m 41.60m FOUL 50.91m 43.78m 39.03m 4 Woo, Jon 12 Palmetto Rid 49.82m 163-05 5 43.66m 45.43m 49.82m 44.18m 45.64m 44.95m 5 Miles, Bethal 10 Northeast HS 49.23m 161-06 4 43.91m 47.55m 47.69m 43.54m 46.13m 49.23m 6 Manuel, Kyle 11 Springstead 47.74m 156-07 3 FOUL 45.59m 45.84m FOUL 45.61m 47.74m 7 Pierce, Anthony 11 Auburndale H 47.51m 155-10 2 40.79m FOUL 47.51m 42.03m 45.75m 45.82m 8 Topel, Heath 12 Niceville HS 44.99m 147-07 1
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- 2017 FHSAA State Finals Meet Page (Complete Results/Coverage)
- Jarez Parks Interview
- Edward Shelikoff Interview