Jose Padilla is currently ranked fourth in the Nation amongst junior high school athletes in track and field. These photos are from the 2013 Bi-District Track Championships at Cashmere where Padilla threw the shot-put 56 feet, a record that will hold for many years… unless, of course, Jose breaks it again.
Jose Padilla ranked fourth in Nation
by Richard Uhlhorn
He’s big, strong and one of Chelan’s linemen on the Chelan Football Team, but Jose Padilla is also one of Chelan’s student athletes who is now gaining nationwide attention for his abilities in Track & Field.
Padilla recently competed in Junior Day at the University of Washington and threw the shot-put 57 feet – 5 inches which has ranked him fourth in the Nation as a junior. He is also ranked 26th amongst all high school seniors and juniors and he hasn’t even competed in a Track & Field event for Chelan as a junior.
As a sophomore, Jose shattered Michael Young’s 1993 shot-put record of 53’3” with a throw of 56’3” taking second place at the State Championships last year.
It might also be noted that Young broke Bill Veroske’s 52 year old shot-put record. Veroske was one of five who was just inducted into the School’s new Hall of Fame.
Padilla is not only a great and upcoming athlete, he is a good student and a leader in Chelan High School’s Fusion Program and other high school leadership programs.
Padilla’s goal is to attain an athletic scholarship so he can attend college. Being ranked fourth in the Nation as a Junior is certainly going to open college athletic directors and coaches eyes. ”He is on his way,” said Chelan Vice Principal and Athletic Director Rob Rainville. “Being ranked nationally, and he still hasn’t competed yet in his Junior season of track yet, we are very excited about what accomplishments he may have in the future.”
Whether it is on the football field or the track field, Jose Padilla is going to be fun to follow over the next two seasons of football and track.