Photo by John King – Ultiphotos.com
Ultimate is a sport of big moments – the long downfield huck, the layout goal, the sky in the end zone and the list goes on. Over the past four years of Major League Ultimate, those moments have been captured by our partners at UltiPhotos. In our series, Caught in Action, we look at some of the greatest moments from MLU’s history and how they have been captured by the talented photographers at UltiPhotos. This week, we take a look at a spectacular moment captured by John King.
For four seasons, Timmy Perston has been thrilling Portland Stags fans with countless highlight reel plays. From skies to layouts, catches to throws, Perston has been an offensive powerhouse in the MLU since the league was founded. Aside from being a tremendous athlete, Perston has also shown that he is one of the best disc readers in the game. Perston showcased his disc literacy in 2015, when the Vancouver Nighthawks came to town in Week 5.
Late in the first quarter, the Nighthawks led the Stags by a single goal, with Portland looking to tie. With the Stags deep in their own territory, Perston cut for the end zone. Trailed by the Nighthawks’ defensive star, Morgan Hibbert, the veteran cutter tracked the flightpath of the disc and stopped in his tracks. With Perston stalled, Hibbert burst past him and settled under the disc.
While to the causal observer, it would have appeared that Hibbert was in prime position for the block, it was all part of Perston’s plan. As the disc descended, Perston took three quick steps and leapt for it, using that slight momentum to gain advantage over Hibbert, who was forced to make his bid from a full stop.
Perston’s “Stop & Sky” gave him just enough edge to come down with the disc, and he was able to find teammate Vinh Bui for the tie.