Back when only girls wore ear rings and three was one too many, track and field competition was a popular sport.
Thayer High School represented itself well in track and field competition over the years, winning the state championship in 1934, placing second in 1935 and third in 1933.
For some reason, the Bobcats have had several standout shot putters.
Soon after the school began to compete in the South Central Association Athletic Conference, Bo Jess Adams of Thayer set the conference record and also took first at the state meet in 1935 with a throw of 48'-10."
Seagraves of Thayer heaved the shot 41'-7" at the state meet in 1934, helping his team in their championship season.
He had taken third place in the shot-put in 1933 when Thayer finished a close third behind Cape Girardeau's University High.
Another Thayer boy, Bob Tyree, broke Bo Adams' conference record in the shot put in 1956. Then in 1963, Mike Old of Thayer took first place in the shot put event at the state meet and eclipsed the Thayer record with a mighty heave of 55'-11.75."
Missouri State High School Athletic Association records show that Bryan Kissinger of Thayer placed eighth in the shot at the state meet in Class 2A in 1983 with a throw of 45'-07.25." He placed fourth in the shot put in 1984 at 47'-05" and third in 1985 when the school dropped down to the 1A classification.
Since 1985, I can not find where THS had an outstanding shot putter.
Owen Olbricht of Thayer came in second by inches in the Discus at the 1950 State meet.
As they say, it may be the water, because the Bobcats had their share of strong men.
Matter of fact, Missouri University is well known for turning out great shot putters.
Chris Cantwell, now a staff member at Missouri, won a Silver Medal in the shot put event at the 2008 Olympics.
Andy Oaker of nearby Steelville High School set Class 2 state records in both the shot put and discus in 2006.