He'd just launched the discus 176 feet on his final throw—good enough to take the state championship and the longest recorded distance of anybody else at the state track championships Thursday.
But Ray Drew wanted more. He wanted the state record. And he shook his head and slumped his shoulders to let everybody know how he felt.
Read more of this story by Fletcher Page from May 2011 below in today's Dawg Post Throwback Story of the Day.
"It's a bittersweet moment," Drew, who plans to enroll at Georgia on June 4, said. "It's something I've been working at since my 10th grade year to try to win state, but I kind of underperformed. I didn't quite meet my standards. I'm disappointed in myself a little bit."
Drew, of Thomas County Central, is best known for his football abilities, having signed to play outside linebacker for the Bulldogs in February.
But he drew quite a crowd as the buzz spread of the potential breaking of a state record.
"Whenever I would walk out I would hear mumbling in the background," Drew, 6-foot-5, 248-pounds, said. "But I didn't try to pay any attention."
Unfortunately, a foot injury prevented Drew from unleashing his full potential—upwards of a 200-foot blast was a possibility, he said. Drew injured the arch of his foot on his very first throw.
"I don't know exactly what happened to it," Drew said. "It kind of popped right in the middle of my spin. It's been hurting ever since then."