Canchola finished fifth at state as a sophomore and sixth as a junior.
“I hope to be a state champion this time,” Canchola said.
To be a thrower in track, you must have strength, agility and size does not hurt. Canchola has the speed, agility, technique and strength but he is not your typical behemoth found most often in the weight events. Tomas stands 5-11 and weighs “just” 195 pounds. He’s not the usual 6-3 or 6-4 and close to 250 or 300 pounds.
“I pretty much came by it (throwing the shot) naturally. I really like seeing how amazed people are when they see me compete with the big guys,” Canchola said.
Tomas began throwing the shot when he first moved to Refugio with his family back in 1999 from Seattle, Wash.,, just before he entered the third grade. The summer track program got him started and he hasn’t stopped throwing.
His best throw to date is a very good 59-8 3/4 feet. Topping 60-0 at state should be a good possibility. Two coaches have really helped his development in high school.
“Coach Will Compton and coach Drew Cox have really helped over the last four years,” said Canchola.
Canchola has been awarded a track scholarship from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La. The soon-to-be Cowboy will be continuing his education and his track career at the collegiate level, hopefully with a state shot put title under his belt and buckle.