ALBANY — Spencer Helms picked the best day to have his best day.
The Greater Atlanta Christian junior obliterated the field to win the Class AAA discus Friday in Albany.
Helms was fourth at county with a throw of 138 feet, 11 inches. A month later at the region championships, he went 149-2.
His fourth throw Friday beat that, but then Helms launched a massive 160-4 throw to blow the rest of the field out of the water. The next best distance was 11 feet shorter.
“He’s a great kid and works super hard,” head coach Brad Kinser said. “It was kind of scary because he scratched on his first two throws, but then he made it on to finals with his third throw and then busted a 160.”
Helms was eighth at state as a sophomore, in an event fellow Spartan Myles Hinton won. It wasn’t quite a personal best for Helms — he threw 166 in a meet earlier this season — but it was an indication of how far he has come this season.
“Last year he was so happy to just get a medal and this year he really made that leap,” Kinser said.
Roy Dixon, a basketball standout, also saved his best for last Friday and set a new school record.
The senior went 23-8 ½ on his final long jump attempt to win the Class AAA title. Tower’s Shun Taylor was second at 22-6.
Kinser has been trying to get Dixon to come out for track for the last four years, but AAU basketball was the priority until this season.
“He decided to come out and I’m so glad he did,” Kinser said. “To be a first-year guy and jump that far, that’s amazing. What a testament to being an athlete. He’s only been to, like, six track meets and he wins state.”
Dixon also is part of three relays so has a chance to add to his haul.
Expected storms had the meet moving up its start time to 10 a.m. Saturday.