BROADALBIN — All season long, Broadalbin-Perth senior thrower Jeff Derwin has set his sights on one goal — winning a state title.
Derwin is ranked first in the state in the shot put with a throw of 60-8 3/4 earlier this season and second in the discus with a throw of 166-11.
Derwin reached another milestone Friday when he signed his National Letter of Intent to attend Division I Binghamton University and compete on the track and field team.
“When I went there, I loved the place,” Derwin said. “It was a top-10 weather day and everybody from the coaches to the throwers I met with, were very friendly and easy to talk to.”
At his signing in the lobby of the Robert C. Munn gymnasium, Derwin was surrounded by several family members, friends, teammates, coaches and school administrators.
Derwin also considered offers from Army West Point and Buffalo before settling on Binghamton, where he plans on majoring in history.
“They offered me a pretty good scholarship,” Derwin said. “To sign with a Division I school is pretty cool.”
With his destination now set for next fall, Derwin can fully focus on his final destination for this spring.
This year, the state meet will take place at Union-Endicott High School, which is just over 5 miles from the Binghamton campus.
“I’ve been taking things more seriously this year,” Derwin said. “I have a serious goal in mind. I want to win a state title. I’ve still got some work to do.”
Derwin set his new personal best in the discus Tuesday, throwing 166-11 in a Foothills Council meet against Gloversville.
However, Sachem North’s Chris Fasano took over the top spot in the state rankings earlier this week with a throw of 175-5.
Derwin qualified for the shot put in the indoor track and field state championships, placing 10th in both the New York State Public High School Athletic Association and Federation meets with a throw of 50-8 1/2.
At last season’s outdoor state meet at Cicero-North Syracuse, Derwin placed second in the Division II discus and seventh in the Federation meet with a throw of 150-8.
He placed fourth in the Division II shot put with a throw of 52-6 1/4 after placing sixth at states in his first trip as a sophomore.
“I’ve gone to state the last two years, so the third time won’t be as nerve-wracking,” Derwin said.
Derwin also was named a first-team Foothills Council all-star in both the shot put and discus as a junior.
Derwin and his coaches are excited to return to the state meet this season.
“This will be Jeff’s third year at states,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Tom McGivern said. “We’re expecting him to do well.”
McGivern has worked with Derwin since eighth-grade and this season, B-P has added Fonda-Fultonville graduate Jason Kruger to its coaching staff.
“Jason is an expert on rotational throwing in the shot put,” McGivern said. “He’s helped a tremendous amount. Jason and I are very proud of what Jeff has accomplished.”