Thoreau’s Garcia wins Class 3A state discus title

Thoreau’s Garcia wins Class 3A state discus title


After months of thinking about his discus throwing techniques, DeShaun Garcia decided to forget it all.

At the New Mexico A-3A Track and Field State Championships last weekend, Garcia threw the disc 135 feet, 5 inches to earn the Class 3A state title.

The Thoreau High junior said his mental focus got him the win.

“I went in there relaxed as can be,” he said. “I got to where I was about to throw, everything went blank, technique felt right, release felt right, everything was on point.”

In less than ideal weather conditions, Garcia said he managed to stay focused.

Temperatures reached the low 50s last week with constant rain, which worried Garcia a little as he entered competition.

“I just wanted to get mentally prepared for the cold,” he said. “I got there to warm up and after that the weather didn’t really affect me.”

In his first throw, Garcia threw 123 feet flat. He said he was worried that the ring was slippery, so it took him some time to adjust.

But in his second throw, he said he knew he was ready.

“I wasn’t thinking about throwing. I was focusing on other things than throwing, which helps with my throwing,” Garcia said. “I was focused on the idea of wanting the state championship so bad.”

Garcia threw the winning distance. He said the win was something he couldn’t quite come to terms with, even after the second day of competition.

“It was exciting, but then also felt like it wasn’t real at the same time,” Garcia said. “I was trying to live in the moment, but was out of the moment at the same time.”

It was a long journey to his first state title.

Garcia was four inches way from placing last season, and finished in seventh position.

Having been so close to placing, he made it a goal to put in the work in the offseason and to come back strong.

“It was more of the work I put in this year,” Garcia said. “I was more solely on discus. When it came down to actual competition, I was focused more on technique than I was every other factor.”

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Sunnie R. Clahchischiligi

Sunnie Clahchischiligi has been the sports writer for the Navajo Times since 2008. She has a bachelor’s degree in print journalism from the University of New Mexico. Before joining the Times, she worked at the St. Cloud Times (Minn.), the Albuquerque Journal, the Santa Fe New Mexican, Sports Illustrated Magazine in New York City and the Salt Lake Tribune. She can be reached at or via cell at (505) 686-0769.