Millán claims sixth spot at meet

CLOVIS -- Albert Millan's face said it all.

After heaving the shot put past the 62-foot mark, he immediately saw the official lift up his red flag.

The throw didn't count because the Livingston High School senior stepped outside the shot put ring at last Saturday's high school track and field championships at Buchanan High School.

"I saw it land and then I turned and saw the red flag," said Millán. "It's like that one that got away."

Millán, however, had a throw of 59 feet, 6 and 3/4 inches that was good enough for sixth place.

Mission accomplished. Millán had wanted to grab a medal at the state meet. Last year, he failed to quailify for the final nine spots.

Next for the 6-foot-2, 260-pound Millán is the June 25 high school all-star football game (he plays defensive end and guard) and later classes at California State University, Sacramento. Millán will also compete in the discus, javelin throw and hammer throw at Sacramento State.

"My goal was to get a medal," said Millán, the son of Alfredo Millán, a mechanic at the Foster Farms plant in Livingston, and Martha Hernández.

Millán's ultimate goal is to represent the United States at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

"I need to get stronger, a lot stronger," said Millán, whose best throw last Saturday was about 3 1/4 inches short of his personal best.

Millán has not devoted 100 percent of his time to the shot put because of football and the lack of an indoor facility at Livingston.

In the meantime, Millán knows that he is a role model "to all my little cousins."