Track & Field: A rainy day for 'Big A' meet

Nick Agoris didn’t think of postponing his Big A Throwers Open, now in its 17th year, because of some inclement weather in the area.

And despite a steady rain that enveloped Carroll County on Saturday, the modified track meet went on as planned at Liberty High School.


Agoris, a 1980 South Carroll High School graduate and former two-time state champion in the shot put, created the meet for throwing events only. Field athletes of all ages and skill levels are welcome to attend and compete in shot, discus, and javelin.

The javelin isn’t a sanctioned high school event, but it’s popular in most track meets.

Agoris wanted to showcase those events because they’re often an afterthought, he said, at track meets.

Earlier in the week, when asked in a text message about a makeup date for the Big A in case of bad weather, Agoris replied, “We will have it rain or shine!”

More than 65 throwers came to Eldersburg for the event.

The meet featured some standout performers, such as three-time African discus champion Chinwe Okoro, who participated in the Olympics in 2016.

On Saturday, she posted a discus throw of 167 feet, 10 inches.

Okoro holds the Nigerian record for discus (196-1.75).

Yao Adantor, the Tongolese national record holder in the shot put, and Okoro’s fiancee, also competed Saturday, as well as Chris Carper, a 2016 Olympic trials finalist in the Javelin.

Braden Dushkin, 9, of Eldersburg, set two meet records for his age group. Braden posted a 51-8 in the javelin and 46-1 in the discus.

Longtime Carroll County high school throws coach Wayne Reisberg broke the 75-and-above shot put record with a throw of 27-4.5.

Many of the athletes that competed Saturday are current or former Carroll County throwers in either youth or high school track and field.