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Female Shot Put Throwers - 2017

Article, photo and video news package produced by Jenna Deters and Zoe Brokaw


Female shot put throwers review season

(May 25, 2107)

Eighth-grade girls’ shot put throwers expressed their feelings about this track season.

Maddie Field, new at shot put this year, shared what she hoped to accomplish this season.

“I have one goal and it’s to at least medal or place one time or multiple times. Since I didn’t do it last year, I don’t know what the competition is,” Field said.

At her first meet at Silver Lake, she threw 25 feet and four inches. At her second meet, she threw 28 feet and nine inches, earning her ninth place at St. Marys.

Hannah Martin and Tori Smith are also eighth-graders, but this is their second year competing in shot put.

Smith placed first in discus at multiple meets as a seventh grader. She placed first in discus at the meets in St.Marys, Royal Valley, and Wabaunsee. She expressed how she felt the day before her first eighth-grade meet.

“I’m actually not nervous at all because it’s the same people I competed against last year, and I did pretty good last year,” Smith said.

Smith threw the shot put 28 feet and 11.5 inches at the track meet on April 6. That put her in seventh place for eighth- grade girls. At Royal Valley on April 20, Smith placed third with a throw of 29 feet and 7 inches.

She also competed in the open 200-meter dash and discus along with shot put. She ran the 200 in just over 32 seconds and placed sixth at Royal Valley. In Silver Lake, she placed first in discus with a throw of 91 feet and 8 inches.

Martin explained how well she and her teammates cooperated together and how it had an effect on her performance.

“Our teammates get along just fine and this influences me a lot knowing that they’ll always be there,” Martin explained.

At the Silver Lake track meet, she placed sixth with a throw of 28 feet and 3 inches. A week later, she threw 30 feet and 10.5 inches and placed  fifth and earned two points for her team.

Mike Vande Velde, the new shot put and discus coach, expressed his feelings about coaching and what he likes most about it.

“My favorite part about coaching is definitely the kids. It’s all about the kids. I love seeing them show up and teach them a few things and watch them develop and get better at something,” he said.

In high school, Coach Vande Velde also threw shot put and discus.

“I was just an average thrower. I did baseball as well, so I didn’t get a lot of practice in…” Vande Velde explained.




Eighth-Grader Hannah Martin practices her form in preparation for the meet in Royal Valley.

Eighth-Grader Tori Smith throws a shot put during practice on April 5.

Throwing Coach Mike Vande Velde talks to Trenton Cole, track participant, about discus.