Anderson Peters Has Sights On Collegiate History

Some athletes don’t care about – or better yet, don’t let on that they care about – where they stand among the best that ever did it.

Mississippi State rising junior Anderson Peters is not one of them – not by a long shot.

“Being the third best thrower in collegiate history is all well and good, but being the collegiate record holder is on a whole other level,” Peters said via email from Grenada. “I mean, the record is 89.11m [Editor’s Note: It’s actually 89.10m, but we’ll give it to him]. One will most likely have to throw 90m to break that record, but it is definitely possible.”

Here is how the top-3 of the collegiate record book appears at the moment: Patrik Boden, Texas – 89.10m (292-4); Ioannis “John” Kyriazis, Texas A&M – 88.01m (288-9); Anderson Peters, Mississippi State – 86.62m (284-2). Boden’s standard has remained there for 29 years, while Kyriazis came within four feet of the mark two years ago.

Top-10 Performers Collegiate History – Men’s Javelin Throw

Name
Program
Mark
Year
Patrik Boden
Texas
89.10m (292-4)
1990
Ioannis “John” Kyriazis
Texas A&M
88.01m (288-9)
2017
Anderson Peters
Mississippi State
86.62m (284-2)
2019
Tom Pukstys
Florida
83.30m (273-4)
1990
Matti Narhi
UTEP
83.26m (273-2)
1999
Cyrus Hostetler
Oregon
83.16m (272-10)
2009
Corey White
Southern California
82.97m (272-3)
2009
Dag Wennlund
Texas
82.62m (271-1)
1987
Sam Humphries
Texas A&M
81.90m (268-9)
2013
Esko Mikkola
Arizona
81.86m (268-7)
1998

Peters is perhaps the biggest threat to Boden’s record based on his progression.

After redshirting in 2017, Peters left his footprint on the collegiate landscape in a major way during his first two years in the NCAA system. By the end of his redshirt sophomore season, Peters improved his PR from 82.82m (271-9) to 86.62m (284-2) and put six marks in the top-10 of the collegiate record book, including Nos 3-7 and No. 10.

Then there is what Peters did this past weekend at the Pan American Games in Peru.

Peters smashed a longstanding championships record with a heave of 87.31m (286-5) and won Grenada’s first-ever gold medal. That throw also moved Peters up to No. 5 on the 2019 world list, compiled by the IAAF.

“You could tell from his reaction that it was dead-on,” Mississippi State Associate Head Track & Field Coach April Thomas said of her prized pupil’s throw. “The timing connected. It just flew.

“He’s been able to connect a lot more recently, going from the javelin in his hand and from point to point with power. He is so passionate about the sport that we’ve been able to break apart the javelin throw and he’s been soaking it up.”

The student has become the teacher as Thomas mentioned that Peters often takes the role of educator and helps his teammates along in drills. Then again, that’s the kind of person Peters is.

“Anderson Peters is just a young guy from the Spice Island (Grenada) who is focused and driven to make every day count,” Peters said. “I am a risk taker and a natural leader.

“What makes me tick is knowing where I am coming from and where I want to be.”