The 2023 outdoor track and field season in Arizona has been one of the best ever, with five state records going down this spring. On the track, the sprints, hurdles and distance events have produced some all-time performances.
But it is in the field events, perhaps, where the most impressive performance has been.
Desert Vista junior Hayden Gorovitz first broke the state record on March 10 at the Mountain Ridge Invite with a throw of 209-6. Then, three weeks later at the Willie Williams Classic, Gorovitz obliterated his old record with a throw of 221-8 -- that mark is ranked No. 1 in the United States.
In the process of doing so, Gorovitz also beat an entire field of collegians. Yes. Collegians. As a junior in high school.
Gorovitz took a two-break after Willie Williams before flying to Texas and winning the prestigious Texas Relays, throwing 210-0 (re-breaking the old state record, again).
This spring, Gorovitz has yet to lose a meet. He most recently defended his individual title at the AIA Division I State championship at 209-6 (re-breaking the old state record for the third time) this past weekend.
Entering the AIA Open State Track and Field Championships this week, Gorovitz is the top-ranked athlete.
Last week MileSplit Arizona videographer Austin Pestka traveled to Desert Vista High School to produce a feature video on the rising junior, who was recently visited at home by the University of Nebraska and the University of Oregon.
Watch the video here.