Eric Cole, graduate of Bangs High School and Angelo State University, competed in the United States Track and Field Masters Throws Championship Aug. 5-6 in Worchester, Mass. at Holy Cross University.
Of these events — throwers pentathlon, ultra weight pentathlon and the super weight throw — Cole won each in his age group.
The throwers pentathlon consists of throwing the hammer, discus, shot put, javelin and the 35-pound weight. This competition was held in a heavy rain storm on Saturday. His score was 4,069.
The ultra weight pentathlon was held on Sunday, Aug. 6. Cole won this event, breaking his own American record by 356 points.
To earn the 5,049 points he threw the 35-pound weight 51 feet, 8 inches, which earned 921 points; the 56-pound weight 37’5” which earned 1,093 points; the 98-pound weight, which he threw 20’10” to earn 1,301 points; the 200-pound weight 8’ 8” and earned 891 points; and the 300-pound weight 5’6” inches that earned 843 points.
Adding the points earned for the five weights add up to 5,049 points, setting a new American record. His winning throw in the super weight (56 pounds) was 37 feet, 5 inches.