Local man sets state hammer throw mark

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Lowell McInturff never lost his competitive edge. Even after getting married and raising children, the Wheaton native loves the thrill of a contest.

It's that love that encouraged McInturff to enter this year's Missouri State Show-Me Games held in Columbia. While there, McInturff garnered two state championships and set a new state record for the hammer throw.

On only his second toss, McInturff broke the old record of 90 feet. By his fourth throw McInturff's and the state's new record was 97'6". McInturff took first with his record-setting tosses and also became a state champion in the shot put.

McInturff is an active member of the Wheaton community. He served as the Wheaton High School agriculture teacher, the high school principal and as a school board member.

McInturff says he never stopped being a competitor.

"I enjoy being a competitive person," said McInturff. "Once you've started competing, you never stop."

McInturff participated in track in high school and was a three-time state qualifier. He also played football for Missouri Southern State University his freshman year of college.

The hammer-throw, the event in which McInturff set the record, is not an allowable high school track event but is common at the collegiate level.

The hammer is basically a handle that is connected to a swiveling shot put by about 38 inches of wire. The competitor grips the hammer handle then swings the shot put, releasing the entire hammer when it has reached its peak momentum and launching it as far as they can.

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