Twitter Poll Answer: Kay Houston's Throw of 92 feet

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We asked the following poll question on Twitter,


The discus throw was by far the highest vote at 44%, but the true answer is...

The basketball throw!

Kay Houston of Dow City-Arion High School won the basketball throw at the 1962 Iowa Track and Field State Championships, with a throw of 92 feet. 1962 was the only year that the basketball throw was a field event in the state of Iowa. The football throw and softball throw were also events at the State Championships that year. The basketball throw was replaced with the discus throw in 1963.


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.'"

[Article via Des Moines Register ca. May 18, 1989]


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