Paige King breaks the girls’ school record for the discus throw. In this track and field event, the athlete positions themselves inside an 8.25 foot circle and throws a disc, aiming to hurl the disc farther than their competitors or their own personal goals. Female throwers handle a disc that measures 7 inches in diameter and weighs 2.2 pounds.
Preparing mentally and physically for this sport, Paige must work on her strength by working out and her mentality by perfecting her form and technique for throwing the disc. Track and Field Coach Matney explains the complexity of preparing for the discus throw: “There are so many little things that have to be done correctly in order for a maximum distance to be achieved. Focusing on them all correctly is very mentally challenging.”
With all her preparation and guidance from her coach, Paige managed to out throw Abby Livengood’s previous school record of 75 feet and 6 inches by throwing a total of 96 feet and 3 inches. Although she has already surpassed the school’s record, Paige hopes to exceed her record-setting throw, intending to throw over 100 feet before the season comes to an end.
Photo courtesy of Lori King