Josh DeVries and Noah Bolt spent their high school track and field careers competing against each other but also training with one another.
DeVries is a 2020 graduate of Portage Northern and Bolt is a 2020 graduate of Mattawan. The two started training with each other sophomore year of high school and have been pushing each other ever since. DeVries holds the official state record in the hammer throw with a throw of 184 feet 4 inches.
"It's something I've worked the last four or five years, hammer has always been a specialty and I feel like if I had a real season to train I could have beat my PR and broke the state record farther than I had before," DeVries said.
He unofficially topped that mark while competing in the National Scholastic Athletics Foundation Virtual Nationals with a throw of 203 feet 10 inches. The toss landed him eighth nationally in the virtual competition.
His throwing partner, Bolt, finished third last year in the discus at the high school state meet and was hungry to capture the state title before the season was canceled.
"I was chasing a championship title for the state and that was the goal of the season and I worked my butt off last year and ended up finishing third in the state in discus and I thought maybe my senior year I would get the shot to become state champion, but that didn't happen that okay because it pushed me harder not having that season," Bolt said.
He made the most of his training and had the longest throw in the discus in the virtual nationals. Bolt launched the disc 189 feet 10 and a half inches, putting him at the top of the leader board. He may not have had the chance to claim a state title his senior year, but he claimed a virtual national title.
The throwing duo will spend their college careers further apart than they did in high school. DeVries is headed to Michigan State and Bolt will be attending Indiana State.