WINTER PARK — Typically, Hunter Joyer displays the character of a kid that would carry his neighbor's groceries.
Saturday, he reached far within himself, searching for the rage he used to work out by pushing his father's Cadillac Escalade around the neighborhood.
The Tampa Catholic junior, competing in the Class 2A state shot put final, turned, fired and let out a yell that was echoed seconds later by a cheer from his family just a few feet behind him.
Joyer's second throw of 57 feet, 21/4 inches was a winner by more than 2 feet. Then he aimed his final throw at older brother Kamran, who won the Class 3A state title last year (59-11), but Hunter scratched.
"I was going for 60 just trying to get it out there and beat my brother," said Hunter, who had Kamran on hand to cheer him on. "… The family works hard, and we push each other to be great."
Lennard senior De'Myco Winston also claimed gold after he pushed his 6-foot-5, 170-pound frame across the finish to take the boys 400-meter dash in 47.59 seconds, defeating Andrew Jackson senior Stephon Pamilton by one-one hundredth of a second.
"I made a promise to my mom before I came here I was going to win states," Winston said. "I had to pick it up, and I had to go."
Earlier in the day, Berkeley Prep senior Auston Chen used the final discus throw of his high school career for a personal-best 174 feet, 3 inches, good enough for second place. Astronaut senior Darius Cummings won with a throw of 175-1. Chen, an Arkansas signee, also took fourth in the 110-meter hurdles (14.94).
"I was just trying to hit one," Chen said of his final discus attempt. "… It was really good because I haven't PR'd (set a personal record) all season long. The last time was at this meet last year, and that got me third."
Middleton enjoyed a strong meet, led by junior Arthur Casey, who took second in the 800 (1 minute, 56.81 seconds). The boys 4x800 relay of Casey, Willie Clay, Nikoy Williams and Frank Charles took sixth (8:10.46). Also, junior Amber Brooks took sixth in the girls 800 (2:18.65).
Jesuit was led by Miles Bennett, who took fourth in the 100-meter dash (10.91) and seventh in the 200 (22.12). Tigers teammate Pat Beane took fifth in the pole vault (13 feet, 6 inches), and sophomore Kyle Statz took eighth in the 300 hurdles (40.73). And the Tigers' 4x400 relay of Bennett, Jordan Williams, Blake Lopez and Evan Rubinson finished seventh (3:24.20).
Tampa Catholic was led by senior Maddi Schmidt, who finished sixth in the 100-meter hurdles (15.33), while teammate Mari Ostrenko tied for seventh in the pole vault (9 feet, 6 inches).
Steinbrenner sophomore Alexis Wright was eighth in the triple jump (35 feet, 51/2 inches). Academy of the Holy Names seventh-grader Colleen Doherty was eighth in the 1,600 meters (5:21.34).