Former Buff earns state shot put record  

from staff reports

  Calvin Ross, senior chaplain for the Johnson City Medical Center, set a new state record in the 60-64 age bracket in the men's shot put at the 2004 Tennessee Senior Games.
  "In my four previous state finals, I have won the shot put and the javelin in y division, but this is the first time for me to hold a Tennessee record," Ross said in a press release.
  Ross's opening attempt was "disastrous." On his first throw, the shot slipped from his hand and went about 25 feet.
  "A man from the Knoxville area who was just ahead of me in the rotation had already thrown more than 38 feet," he said. "I thought it was going to be a long afternoon for me."
  Ross's second put was 40 feet, 11 inches. His third was exactly 42 feet, going over the existing reord by one inch.
  The Tennessee Senior Games competition was held July 16-22 at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville. With his first-place win, Ross qualifies for the national finals to be held in Pittsburgh in June 2005.
  For this year, Ross had decided against throwing the javelin, secondary event for him, to concentrate exclusively on the shot put.
  "I am grateful for the senior games," he said. "In the Tennessee First District, Belina Burns and her staff manage everything superbly. The games are also very well organized at the state and national levels."
  Ross began throwing the shot and the javelin in high school in Witchita, Kan. As a high school senior, he won the state competition in shot put. He threw a milligan College and still holds the shot put record there.