In his final high school meet, Duke Kicinski found the medal stand.
The Northwest senior made a toss of 187-6 to bring home the silver medal in the 5A discus at the University Interscholastic League Track and Field Championships at Mike Myers Stadium in Austin.
“I got one at regionals and one here,” Kicinski said. “It seems to be my color.”
North Mesquite’s Aaron Akens won the gold medal with a throw of 188. Cedar Ridge’s Brian Peterson took third with a toss of 182-3.
Kicinski landed three throws of 180 feet or more. His first toss went 178 and second 182-1 to put him in second place behind Peterson.
On his third throw, Kicinski unleashed his toss of 187-6 to take over first place.
“It’s what I’ve been doing in practice but not at meets,” Kicinski said. “I needed to come out to do it today, and I did.”
The throw gave him the lead going into the final three attempts. Akens landed his winning throw to vault past Kicinski on his fourth throw.
Kicinski is headed to West Texas A&M to play football in the fall. He was happy to close out his high school career with a medal.
“It’s a great way to end it,” Kicinski said.