Mark Zavrl wasn’t even competing on Saturday due to a minor elbow issue. But that didn’t mean the Andover High senior wasn’t the talk of the Andover Boosters Meet.
“Did you see the throw Zavrl had?” gushed one area coach.
When you rank among the nation’s best, people are bound to take notice.
Two weeks ago, Zavrl shattered the Andover High modern record in the javelin when he recorded a stunning throw of 193-8 at the Weston Twilight Invitational.
“After a throw I always listen for the officials to call out (the distance),” said Zavrl. “The guy kind of mumbled so I couldn’t hear him. Then Coach (Peter) Comeau yelled out ‘190-what!?’ The guy responded 193 and I was just wowed because that is a huge mark.”
The throw marked the longest in New England this spring — well ahead of Lowell star Colin Hoey (179-9 at the same meet) — and the sixth best in the country in 2013. The leader is Hunter Stelly of Louisiana (206-9).
The Golden Warrior’s previous career-best was a school record 181-8 last season.
“This is a huge accomplishment because people just don’t throw the javelin that far in New England,” said Andover throwing coach Art McDermott. “The weather makes it tough to get loose and really throw long. But this throw is going to get him a lot of attention. Very few people have ever thrown 200 feet in New England, and I think he could do it. And he has done all of this coming back from his knee injury.”
The record-setting throw was the latest victory in Zavrl’s now eight-month road back from a torn MCL and PCL. The talented linebacker/record-setting kicker (10 career field goals, 3 of 40 yards or longer) hurt his right knee four games into his senior football season.