Want more information about Kay Houston's win? Read below for an article from the Des Moines Register.
"After 27 years, Kay Justice still has the medal. She
thinks it's stashed in a drawer somewhere in her Omaha home, tacked to the
track letter she won at Dow City-Arion high school, right where she put it
after throwing a basketball 92 feet to win the state championship. Justice has
something else from that day, too. As Iowa's only state champion in the girls'
basketball throw, she has the satisfaction or the novelty, anyway of knowing
her record will stand for all time. Not even Carl Lewis can say that. "I
suppose it's something I'll always remember," said Justice, who was Kay
Houston when she set her record as a senior in 1962. "Nobody can ever take
that away. But sometimes, I wish someone would. I'll never know just how good I
really was." Such is the fate of those who hold records in dead events.
Since the Iowa Girls' High School Athletic Union began sponsoring a track and
field championship in 1962, several events have come giving girls something to toss
besides footballs, softballs and the shot. The athlete stood in a circle much
like that used for the discus and shot put. She cradled the basketball in her
arm and spun out of the circle, flinging the ball sidearm. "It was pretty
unwieldy," Kloster said, noting that some accuracy was important because
of the damage a basketball could do to the head of an unsuspecting bystander.
"It didn't last long." "We got that out of there in a hurry
after that first year," said Mike Henderson of the girls' union. "The
next year, a company started manufacturing a rubber or plastic-type discus, and
we replaced the basketball throw with the discus throw. But people tried to get
that one winner in the Hall of Fame for years.'"
via Des Moines Register ca. May 18, 1989]