The Ottumwa Courier


May 16, 2013

Mustang coach leads several contenders to state discus, shot put


"That was quite a battle between Zeb and Conner," junior Andrew Cowles said, noticing the 'throwdown' even while qualifying for the Mustangs on the track in the 110 high hurdles. "I'm proud of both of those guys for making it."

Before the night was over at Ike Ryan Field, Mustang fans would watch Birchmier bring home the girls discus title while Wyatt Garmon won the boys shot put, giving Davis County a clean sweep of the district throwing titles. With Wyane Doerscher also being added in with a qualified throw in the shot put, the Mustangs will send a grand total of six athletes to compete in the four state throwing events with multiple qualifiers in three of the events.

It was certainly a proud night for a coach who has accomplished so much in four decades of work with young students and athletes at the Davis County schools district.

"He's an amazing coach," Husted said. "That's a guy that has state hall of fame potential. College coaches will come up and ask him for advice. That's how respected he is."

Besides just teaching them the proper techniques from an early age, being a consistant persence for the Mustang throwers is just as important a role that Huggins plays in his role as coach.

"He so inspirational. He keeps us pumped up for the meet and gets us prepared as best as he can to throw," Shuey said. "To have someone that is on our side being with us at all times to get us motivated, it's exciting for us to compete for him."

In his 40th year coaching, all at Davis County, Huggins also has a pretty successful track record when it comes to success on a consistant level having coached a state qualifer in 39 of those seasons. Most noteably, Huggins coached Chuck Locke to three consecutive state titles in the mid '70s. Locke won the Class A shot put crown in 1975, 76 and 77 with throws of 55-4.5, 60-8.75 and a state-record throw of 62-9.75 that stood until 2009 while also winning consecutive discus title in 1976 and 1977 with tosses of 165-0 and 178-3.

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