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A 51-year-old track record finally falls – to the athlete coached by his son

By: Warren Mayes

For 51 years, Randy Hauser’s Pattonville High record in discus was undisputed. He threw the discus 160 feet, 4 inches in his senior year in 1966.

“I didn’t have a clue it would last that long,” said Hauser, 69, a longtime St. Albans resident who retired in 2008 from a 33-year career as an American Airlines pilot.

His record finally fell this spring to Pattonville junior Dakari Streeter, who threw the discus 161 feet and placed third at the 2017 Class 5 state track competition in Jefferson City.

It doesn’t come as a surprise that Hauser was there to cheer Streeter on – Hauser’s son, Scott, is an assistant track coach at Pattonville.

Scott was a four-year participant in football, basketball and track at Lafayette. Upon graduation in 1990, he received a football scholarship to Northwestern University, where he majored in English and played until his graduation in 1994. Scott had set the school discus record as junior with 148, so as a senior, he topped his own mark.

Randy helped Scott with shot put and discus when he went to Lafayette. Naturally, Scott knew about his dad’s record.

“Yes, he reminded me of his record often,” Scott quipped. “Too often. [He’d say,] ‘Are you going to throw farther than your old man?'”

Scott came close – his longest throw as a Lancer was 158 feet. “He came close but couldn’t quite beat his old man,” Randy said.

“I truly believe he wanted me to beat his best in the discus throw,” said Scott, who surpassed his dad’s mark in the shot put during his junior year. I really wanted to surpass his discus mark, so much so that I dedicated a majority of my practice time to the discus event my senior year. Still, my throws fell short.”

Scott has coaching been at Pattonville for 17 years. After graduating from Northwestern, he taught and coached for two years at Priory and two at CBC, at which point he was certified to teach at public schools.

It was through football that Scott noticed Streeter – “a formidable football player” – and his potential for discus. In just his first season, Streeter started at 95 feet and ended at 140 feet.

This year, Scott said they “talked about the record a lot,” even putting up a green flag at the 160-4 mark. Districts came, then sectionals, and then state.

“Dakari is a competitor. By the state meet, he had thrown over 150 two times in competition,” Scott said. “The record was possible, if the weather cooperated. He warmed up in the 150s and looked relaxed. His first throw went right of the foul line and it didn’t count. Dakari watched two kids that were seeded ahead of him throw over 150 feet.”

His second throw had the magic touch and landed at 161 feet. With that, Randy’s record was no more.

“At first, I didn’t think I broke it, but when the official called out the measurement as 161 feet, I felt relieved,” Streeter said. “I had high expectations for breaking the record going into the state meet, and then to actually do it … I was very proud of myself.”

Scott acknowledged it was a little tough to see, despite being happy for Streeter.

“To be honest, I have mixed emotions,” Scott said. “I liked seeing my dad’s name on the record board. I also enjoyed fielding questions from my athletes such as, ‘Is that your record, coach Hauser?’ I’m like, ‘How old do you think I am?’

“That being said, my personal goal was to coach athletes to beat all of the records on the board [javelin, discus, and shot put] on both the girls’ and boys’ teams. The fall of my dad’s record only leaves the girls’ shot put, and I have an incoming junior who is only three feet from that mark.”

For his part, Randy said he was thrilled. “I have no problem relinquishing my title to a quality athlete and individual like Dakari,” he said. “I watched every throw that Dakari made at the state track meet. I gave Scott a high-five. That record had been around far too long.”

The trio got together afterward to shake hands and take pictures.

“My dad has attended three to four track meets every year for the last 10 years and even more if there was a discus thrower doing well,” Scott said. “He is a big supporter of me, the athletes, and his alma mater. My dad had never made the trip to the state meet in Jefferson City. However, this year, I think he must [have] known something was going to happen.”

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