Photo by Glendon Rand
What was your most memorable moment?
Either the 2012 state championship where I was an inch out of finals in discus, or River City RIvals in discus in 2013 which was the first and only meet I won that year.
Who would you consider your biggest competition over your four years?
My biggest competition was Scott Murray of Bangor last year, and my younger brother this year. Scott was always smaller and not as strong as me, but his technique in the discus and shot put was fantastic, I spent most of sophomore and junior year losing to him. My brother came in this year and out threw me in the shot put in two meets as a freshman, he’s going to be very good, but I came out on top for now.
What was your greatest accomplishment?
At the New England Championship meet in 2013, I set my school’s record in discus at 144’4”. I had beaten the record on my last throw and was unsure of it until my coach got a call on the way home, letting him know that the old record was 144’3”
If you could do it all over again what would you change about your career in high school?
If I could go back the one thing out of my whole high school career I would do is switch from basketball to indoor track my junior year. I made a tough decision that year, and it took a lot of thought. It became clear to me this season that I made the wrong one.
What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome?
The most difficult thing I had to overcome was my own body weight. I struggled with weight all through middle school and into high school. I started track my sophomore year, and I was too big and unathletic to do anything. My coach worked hard on diet with me and I lost fifteen pounds that first season, and it changed my outlook on athletics. I’m obviously still a big guy, but now I can compete on an athletic level in almost everything.
What will you miss the most?
My team. My team is the best group of kids anyone could ask to compete with or against.
What advice you would give to younger athletes?
Work hard. Work toward your goals, if you want to be the best on your team, work the hardest on your team. If you want to be the best in the conference, work harder than anyone in the conference, same thing goes for the whole state, or all of New England. It’s possible. Remember everyone started somewhere.
What influence has your coach had with respect to your performance and overall life goals?
My coach has made all the difference in the world in what I’ve accomplished. Coach Morton always pushes me to the limit, even though he’s only in his third year of coaching, he’s come such a long way. He’s always willing to help me with anything that needs to get done, and work with me to improve.
What are your college plans?
I plan to attend the University of Maine, majoring in elementary education, I hope to walk on the track team there.
Who would you like to say thank you to?
I’d like to thank my parents, obviously for all their support. Also my coaches for all theirs. The people I believe I have to thank the most are the guys I worked toward beating every single meet, Scott Murray of Bangor, Dan Cox of Ellsworth, and Jarid Leonard from Hampden. Everything I did, I did to try to beat one if not all three of those guys, they were my biggest motivation. Last of all my best friends, Calvin Patterson and Josh Lugdon. The guys I first started track with, and a huge reason for my success.
Shot Put: 45’3”
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