Bristol Central's Peterson, Navedo place among top 15 in state decathlon

Published on Wednesday, 12 June 2019 19:10


MANCHESTER - When Bristol Central’s Hunter Peterson saw his name in sixth place at Wednesday’s boys decathlon with only two events to go, he quickly realized that this wasn’t just about having one more high school track competition before graduating.

“I did not expect that at all,” Peterson said. “Once I realized that I was that high, I realized I better buckle down and stop just having fun, and try to get some good performances in.”

Peterson used a strong fifth-place finish in the javelin to enter the final event in fourth place and finished the competition in seventh place overall, falling just short of a medal but far ahead of where he originally anticipated he would end the event.

“I honestly just came here expecting to do some events and have fun, but wound up doing pretty OK for myself,” Peterson said.

Peterson’s teammate, Jose Navedo, experienced a similar performance in the decathlon, coming in 14th place overall, which was helped by a top-10 finish in the pole vault.

“It’s actually kind of surprising,” Navedo said. “Out of 37 kids, we were in the top 15.”

The duo’s final marks were helped in the javelin, an event both didn’t have much experience with before the competition. After both went far in the pole vault, there was little time to prepare for the javelin, which was the next event on the docket.

“Before our flight was going, we were just trying to put everything together,” Navedo said of his 16th-place finish in the javelin. “And we did.”

Jared Sharp of Suffield won the event with a final score of 6,027. Peterson finished with 5,349 points and Navedo ended his day with 4,998.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol Central on Wednesday, 12 June 2019 19:10. Updated: Wednesday, 12 June 2019 19:12.