National Trail senior Kate Deaton competed in both shot put and discus at the state track and field meet Friday, June 6 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus. She finished sixth in discus with a throw of 136-07 and placed 15th in shot put with a throw of 34-04 1/2.
At the regional tournament in Troy, Deaton finished first in discus with a throw of 132-03. She finished third in shot put with a throw of 35-11 1/2.
Deaton was the only track and field team member from National Trail to advance to the state meet in both 2013 and 2014.
This is the third time Deaton competed at state in discus and the first time she competed at state in shot put.
Last year, Deaton finished fifth at state in discus with a throw of 136-06.
Although Deaton finished a spot lower in discus than last year, she said she believes there is a time and place for everything and was happy to have the chance to be on the podium in discus and be recognized for the hard work she has put in throughout the years.
“I was really excited about that,” she said.
Deaton has been participating in discus since seventh grade and shot put since eighth grade, with a break in shot put during her freshman year.
Deaton said she feels like God has given her a talent, and she said she honors Him with her success.
Next year, Deaton will be attending Ohio State University and competing in discus and hammer throw. She said she wants to improve and become a better thrower.
Deaton said although she knows being an athlete in college will be difficult and time consuming, she is excited to represent her home school and to perform as well as she can.
Deaton said she is happy and lucky that she was even able to make a trip to state and said she is lucky to have her parents by her side supporting her.
“I just want to get better next year and see where that goes,” she said.