COLUMBUS — Wayne senior Robert Landers took fifth place in the state shot put competition on Saturday with a throw of 59-8 at the Jessie Owens Memorial Stadium at The Ohio State University. He also took 13th place in the discus with a release of 148-0.
“Robert didn’t have the day we imagined he would,” said Wayne Coach Mike Fernandez. “Being a defending state champion and one of the favored to win might have taken a toll on this young man. He’s not one to show emotion, so you would never know if he won or got last. I think he knows he didn’t have his best day, but he knows the accomplishment he’s done.”
Fernandez said that Landers has had a great track career at Wayne. His resume includes being a two-time outdoor state placer and the 2014 state champion in shot put. He is the school record holder in the indoor and outdoor shot put. He is also the school record holder in the indoor weight throw and outdoor hammer throw.
Landers also was a three-time state indoor qualifier in the shot put and hammer throw as well as the state champion in the shot put.
“Robert was a true ambassador of our sport,” said Fernandez. “He was a huge point getter for our team and a great leader for our young athletes, and a polite, humble and caring person to anyone he talked to.”