Marx, Perry compete against the best

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Crestview’s Dominic Perry and Salem’s Caitlyn Marx stood tall against the top throwers in Ohio two weeks ago.

On Saturday, they matched up against the top high school athletes in the country at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals.

Perry, a two-time Division III state champion, finished 21st in the boys championship shot put at North Carolina A&T University.

Marx, the Division II state runner-up, placed 19th in the girls championship discus.

Perry’s best toss of 57-feet-6 1/2 put him 21st out of 26 throwers.

Rocky River’s Michael Shoaf was 12th (59-8 1/4). Shoaf, a Notre Dame recruit, was the 2018 Ohio Division I state champ and 2019 state runner-up

Twenty-five competitors threw over 55 feet and 11 went over 60 feet.

Coldwater (Mich.) High School’s Dylan Targgart won with a personal-best 69-4 1/4.

He has won two straight Michigan Division 2 state titles in the shot put and discus, setting the school record in the shot put recently with a state-winning toss of 66-7 1/2.

Marx was 19th out of 33 girls discus throwers with a toss of 134-9.

Grand Forks (N.D.) Red River High School’s Shelby Frank won a national title in the discus for a third straight season with a toss of 155-0.

In May, Frank won a fourth consecutive North Dakota Class A state title in the discus and a second straight in the shot put.