Kocsis throws at state meet

BLOOMINGTON — Brownstown Central’s Dustyn Kocsis competed in the boys IHSAA track and field state finals on Saturday at Indiana University’s Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex.

Kocsis placed 23rd overall with a throw of 129 feet, 8 inches. His first throw was 129-8, and then he fouled his second and third throws, leaving his first throw as his final result.

The senior qualified at regional last week in the discus, placing third with a throw of 153-10. That came a week after Kocsis was the sectional champion in both discus (157-11) and shot put (50-2.75).

The senior’s personal-best throw in discus is 162 feet. The state champion for discus threw 172-6 on Saturday, and a 162-3 got on the podium in seventh place.

Kocsis knew he had the ability to perform better, but the scratches on the second and third throws hindered his chances to make a push for one of the top spots.

Regardless, Kocsis was happy he got to make it to the state finals for the first time in his career.

Kocsis was a regional qualifier last year, as well, but he didn’t have the performance he wanted. This season at regional, Kocsis was happy he was able to do enough to make it to state.

“It means a lot,” he said. “It’s really exciting.”

Kocsis also played football at Brownstown, where he was a part of the Braves’ dominant offensive line that powered the team’s heavy rushing attack.

Kocsis’ sports career won’t be coming an end, though.

On Jan. 25, he committed to continue his athletic and academic career at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

Kocsis will throw both spot put and discus for the Chaparrals.