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Track: McDonald medals in discus

By Zach Duncan | Published Wednesday, May 16, 2018
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Northwest’s Cooper McDonald didn’t keep the UIL Class 5A discus title in the family Friday afternoon.

But the sophomore had no regrets after leaving Mike A. Myers Stadium with a bronze medal in his first state appearance.

BRINGING HOME THE HARDWARE – Northwest sophomore Cooper McDonald competes in the 5A discus at the UIL state track and filed meet. McDonald earned a bronze medal with a throw of 169-6. Photo courtesy of Richard Cleaver

McDonald, whose older brother Caden won gold a year ago in the event, finished third with a throw of 169-6. Arlington Seguin’s Nolan Daggs earned gold with a 176-1, while Brownsville Veteran Memorial’s Andres Bodden was the runner-up at 173-1.

“I’m just glad I had some competition this week. The two throws ahead of me – that’s great. I’m glad for them, too,” McDonald said. “I’m only a sophomore, so I’m blessed to even be here. I’ll be here the next two years.”

While McDonald didn’t have the top two marks, he was certainly the most consistent of the nine-man field. His final five throws were all longer than 164 feet, while Daggs only had two go that distance and Bodden just the one.

McDonald, who entered with the best regional distance after posting a 172-6 in Lubbock, was leading halfway through the event with a 164-8 on his second throw. Daggs surpassed him on the first throw of finals with a 165-2, but McDonald answered that with the 169-6 once it was his turn.

“I felt really good. Once he threw that next one further than me, it got really fun from there. I like the competition,” McDonald said. “I knew the competition was going to be there. Other than that, the vibe felt really good, and I loved it. I’m ready to be here next year again.”

McDonald’s final two attempts went 165-1 and 168-3, but Daggs and Bodden passed him by, knocking him to third. The bronze medal wasn’t the same color as his older brother’s, but Caden also didn’t medal until his senior year, either.

“Learning from them is the best thing,” McDonald said of Caden and Colton, a linebacker at North Texas. “I’m blessed to have two older brothers to teach me, especially Caden.”

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