Speed and power

Ganado's Becenti ranked No. 9 in Division III shot put

By Quentin Jodie
Navajo Times

SHOW LOW, Ariz., April 13, 2012

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(Times photo - Paul Natonabah)

Ganado's Brent Becenti throws in the shot put April 5 at the Show Low Invitational.

B rent Becenti looked perfectly composed and showed no signs of remorse.

He looked that way even though he scratched on his second attempt in the shot put at the Cougar Invitational on April 5.

That botched throw didn't deter his train of thought as the Ganado senior chucked the 12-pound ball 47-feet, 6-inches on his next attempt.

And then on his final throw, Becenti dug a little a deeper and improved that mark to 47 111/2 inches.

"Usually when I scratch my form is not right," Becenti said, "so my throws don't go that far."

On that attempt, he tossed the metal ball near the 50-foot mark before he stepped over the circle, which constituted an illegal throw.

"That's the first time I've seen him scratch in a meet," Ganado athletic director Jim Douse said. "We have all our throwers scratch in practice all the time.

"Our focus all week is to get explosion and get all our force going out," he said. "If that means we come out of the ring, I don't worry about that because there are certain techniques we can use on meet day to keep us inside the ring."

Douse believes that the more throws Becenti can get, the more his chances of surpassing the 50-foot mark increase.

"You know, Brent was throwing really good today," he said. "I think if he had a couple of more he could have hit that white line and be one of the top five or six guys in the state in our division."

Nevertheless, Becenti improved his previous best by a foot and a half and is currently holding the No. 9 spot in the Division III performance list, according to Arizona Interscholastic Association website.

Not only that, he exceeded the automatic state qualification mark by almost three feet, which stands at 45-01.

Last season, Becenti was throwing three feet below that, according to Douse.

"His personal best last year was just enough to get into the state meet," the Ganado AD said. "He was probably the 24th- or 25th-ranked thrower going into state. He went down there and did real good job and improved his PR by over a foot."

With that, Becenti climbed 10 spots and finished the state meet in 15th place with a personal best 42-3 1/2 last season.

"I just went down there to throw and get some experience," Becenti said. "But ever since last year I knew I could do something with it."

"He had a real good state meet," Douse said. "We were really happy with him and this year he's starting off where he left off last year.

"I am excited that he is throwing this well this early," he added. "We don't want to give him too much coaching at this point because he got this thing rolling."

With a month left before the state meet, Becenti said he's going to hit the weight room hard, hoping to improve on his power game.

"I want to be a state champion," he said. "I just have to keep on working on my speed and use my power to get the right lift."

Besides the shot put, Becenti is hoping to make state in the discus as well. With a toss of 125-6 at last week's Show Low meet, he hit another PR in that event and is seven feet shy of meeting the automatic qualification standard.

"I've improved in that event," he said. "Hopefully I can pass the 132-feet mark and be a double qualifier."

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