|PHS junior breaks 51-year record while previous record-holder cheers|
|Tuesday, June 13, 2017|
When Pattonville junior Dakari Streeter threw a discus 161 feet and placed third in his event at the 2017 Class 5 state track competition this spring, he broke a 51-year-old school record. And he did it while the previous school record-holder was watching and cheering him on.
The previous school record for discus was cemented by Randy Hauser in 1966 when he threw the discus 160 feet and four inches during his senior year. Hauser was in the stands at this year's state track competition to watch as Streeter tossed the discus and upended a record Hauser held for more than half a century. And it just so happened that the son of the former record holder coached the athlete that inevitably bested his father’s record.
Hauser, a retired commercial pilot, has been highly supportive of Pattonville sports since his son, Scott Hauser, was hired to help coach football and track. He has attended track meets for the last 15 years, hoping to see his record fall.
"That record had been around far too long,” Randy Hauser said. Streeter was at first surprised at what he'd accomplished.
"At first, I didn’t think I broke it, but when the official called out the measurement as 161 feet, I felt relieved," he said. "I had high expectations for breaking the record going into the state meet, and then to actually do it … I was very proud of myself.”
“I have absolutely no problem relinquishing my title to a quality athlete and individual like Dakari," Randy Hauser said. "He’s a good kid. I look forward to watching his progress during his senior year.”
It was a record even the younger Hauser couldn't break.
Scott Hauser said, “I was a high 150s thrower in high school, and it drove me crazy that I could never throw a discus farther than my dad. Sometimes you have to work vicariously through someone else to accomplish a dream. I told Dakari that this particular event would ‘click’ if he kept putting in the work - and ‘click’ it did!”
In addition to discus, Streeter also placed fourth in javelin at state and set a school record in that competition as well.
"The Pattonville throwers have started to generate formidable momentum in recent years," Scott Hauser said. "The girls and boys have broken five of the six throwing records (javelin, shot put and discus) in the last two years, and sophomore Diamond Richardson’s throw of nearly 39 feet at the state meet puts her within three feet of breaking another stubborn record in the girls’ shot put."
Jeremiah Simmons coaches the boys track team and Corey Lewis coaches the girls track team, with the assistance of Kyle Hall, Scott Hauser, Rob Lamb and Kara White.
Streeter and 11 other Pattonville students competed at the state track meet after placing in the top four in their categories at the sectional competition. Jada Moore was named state champion in the 200 meter dash and placed second in the 100 meter dash and seventh in the 400 meter dash. She set school records in each of these races and was also named All-Conference First Team. The team of Derrick Boyce, Daymond Johnson, Tyrell Miles and Charles Shelton placed fourth in the 4x100 meter relay at state. In addition, Boyce placed third in javelin and the 100 meter hurdles and fourth in the 4x200 meter relay at sectionals and was named All-Conference First Team. Johnson also placed fourth in the 200 meter dash at sectionals and was named All-Conference First Team. Miles also placed fourth in the 4x200 meter relay at sectionals. And Shelton also placed second in the 100 meter dash and fourth in the 4x200 meter relay at sectionals and was named All-Conference First Team. At state, Lindsey Rossel placed fifth in discus.
In addition, the following students qualified to compete at state: Kendall Battle, who placed second in javelin and third in the 4x400 meter relay at regionals; Brooke Jenkins, who placed third in long jump and the 4x400 meter relay at sectionals; Erykah White, who placed third in the 4x400 meter relay at sectionals; Michael Jackson, who placed fourth in triple jump at sectionals; and Diamond Richardson, who placed fourth in shot put and the 4x200 meter relay at regionals. Battle and the following students were also named All-Conference First Team: Maryah Dominick, Da'esha Heard, Jenkins, Kameron Perkins, Karen Rosales and Micah Thompkins.
Pattonville 1966 alumnus Randy Hauser, left, is shown with Pattonville junior Dakari Streeter and son and coach Scott Hauser.