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Culver won the boys meet at the Outback Field & Track Invitational - and Peter Miranda's big day was a big reason why.

PMG PHOTO: ANDY DIECKHOFF - Culver junior Peter Miranda put himself into the district lead last Friday, April 29, with a first-place finish in the shot put at the Outback Field & Track Invitational in Silver Lake.

A year ago, Peter Miranda might not have predicted he would be the district leader in the shot put.

However, after the Culver junior set a new personal record in the shot put on Friday, April 29, that is where Miranda finds himself now. At the Outback Field & Track Invitational, held at North Lake High School, Miranda recorded a heave of 44 feet and seven inches — nearly two feet longer than his previous best, which he set just nine days earlier.

"It started out really slow," said Miranda of his junior year, "but I've been picking it up and have been really consistent the last few meets."

Indeed, Miranda has been on a tear of late. When he set his old PR on April 20 in Prineville, he added more than two and a half feet to his top mark as a sophomore — a toss of 40-05 that was good enough to earn him fifth place at the state championships a year ago. Miranda has left that throw in the dust now, though, with two straight PR-level heaves.

As a result, Miranda now owns the 2A Special District 5 lead in the shot put, currently beating out Stanfield senior Anthony Keeney by more than half a foot.

Miranda's performance in North Lake also included a new PR in the discus. His throw of 115-06 topped his old personal best by four feet. He placed first in both events at North Lake, and he inched closer to his season goals.

"In the shot, I want to hit 45 feet and place well at state," said Miranda during practice on Thursday, April 28, of his specific goals for this year. "And in the discus, I want to hit 120 (feet) and place well. For junior year, I just want to place well."

Football is his main sport, but Miranda loves competing and showing off his strength on the track and field team. Still, being tops in the district was not really on his radar before last year.

"I didn't expect myself to go to state, because I just didn't put that much work in," said Miranda, who noted that the pandemic and a part-time job both factored into some lack of focus last year. "Then I made it to state, and I just started grinding and grinding. That grind made me really enjoy it."

Miranda's big day was part of a larger win for Culver, which saw its boys team win the Outback Invitational, outscoring Lost River 92-90 while La Pine edged out North Lake for third place. The Culver girls placed 10th out of 12 teams at the event.

Besides Miranda, the other individual winners for Culver were sophomores Dustin Noy (boys 100-meter dash) and Hudson Burgi (800). Burgi also took second in the 400. Fellow sophomore Renee Johnson set a new PR and placed second in the girls 100 hurdles and fourth in the 100. Evan Powell, a senior, was second in the boys 1,500.

Culver travels to John Day for the Grant Union Invitational on Friday, May 6, the team's final tune-up before districts next Friday, May 13.

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