CAMANCHE — Camanche’s Cody Mensinger knows what it’s like to be a first-place thrower in the Big East Conference track and field meet. Preston’s Keaton Tebbe is hoping to know the feeling, too.
Both throwers tuned up for Thursday’s Big East Conference meet in Goose Lake by winning their specialty events Monday at the Camanche Invitational.
“I’ve won (conference) the past two years, and I plan to do it a third,” Mensinger said after winning the discus with a throw of 126 feet, 9 inches.
“I’m feeling pretty good about the conference meet,” Tebbe said.
Both of them will get a test from Lisbon’s Keegan Tritle, who leads the conference in both events.
“I’m sitting second behind Tritle, and I’d like to get back to first,” said Tebbe, who won the shot put Monday with a toss of 46-11.
Tebbe has surprised himself with his throws this season.
“I’ve gone farther than I thought I was going to be,” he said. “I’m working harder every day. I’d like to be close to 50.”
Tebbe said his technique was better this year. He is staying lower and using his legs more, he said.
But, he also credited his improvement to hard work and said it was easier to work hard because of the success he has enjoyed.
“It pushes me every meet,” he said. “The next meet I want to be my best meet.”
Technique also is a key for Mensinger, one of the lighter throwers around.
“It does surprise me,” he said of his success in the discus. “I look at others I compete against and I’m smaller. I can hang with big guys. It’s mostly technique. I’ve been working on my form.”
Not only does Mensinger’s size make him unique among throwers, he also is one of the better runners on a team full of good runners. He has the team’s best time in the 800 meters this year and also runs in relays.