Posted by admin on March 21st, 2014
Smithtown West senior Benjamin Bonhurst
By ANTHONY LIFRIERI
Benjamin Bonhurst has reached the top of the mountain. The Smithtown High School West senior shot putter won the national championship at the New Balance Nationals Indoor at the Armory in New York City, Friday, March 14 through Sunday, March 16.
Bonhurst came into the championship meet red hot. In the previous 14 days, he had won the New York State championship and set the state record with a throw of 65’.
“I was feeling pretty confident,” Bonhurst said. “Two days before the meet I had my best practice throw ever, over 64 feet.”
As he stepped to make his first throw of the championship, Bonhurst turned to his mother for last second advice. “My mom told me to come out big with my first throw and scare some people away,” Bonhurst said. “I wanted to make them all nervous.”