Mar 28, 2013 7:38 PM by Greg Smith
After four state titles, it might be tough to keep the average person motivated week in, and week out. But one Eads track star may be just as good at working hard as he is at throwing. And that says a lot.
"I look out there about 60 feet and say ‘That's right where I want to be, or further,'" Daniel "Boone" Weirich says. "I get some chalk and slap it on my neck, kind of wake me up a little bit, and just take some breaths, and throw it at the end like nobody's business."
That's the warmup routine of one of the best athletes in the state. From the small town of Eads, he's been turning heads all over Colorado for three years now.
"Every big meet I go to, they'll ask 'Where are you from?'" Weirich says. "And I say 'Eads,' and they say 'where?!'"
Weirich has put his town on the track and field map by winning back-to-back shot put and discus state titles, breaking a 48 year-old record in the process.
"I beat the 2A state record in shot put last year, it was in 1964," Weirich says. "It was kind of cool breaking a record that was that old. My coach, Trey Eder, he was really close to that record, so to break it, there was pride from my school too."
And after this year, he's following his coach's footsteps at the next level. He's enrolling at Colorado State.
"Wyoming, Nebraska, and CSU were my top three. I chose CSU because I loved the coach and loved the people there. They were great to me."
"That's where I went," says Eads thrower coach Trey Eder. "Same coach and everything. They're going to like him. He's been to the camp there. He's a hard worker. He's very coachable. Any college would have wanted him, and CSU is the lucky one in my opinion."
But before that, Boone has one more season of high school left, with two more state titles to pursue.
"It's a passion that I have and I'm not just doing it because it's fun. I'm doing it because I love it. I just need to work that much harder. It's a great feeling and a great experience also."
Winning six state titles would be an ever greater experience.