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Shot put hopeful for season

By Nathan Baskin
Published: April 2011
Seniors Brandon Caldwell and Alex Karys have been throwing shot put since last year and have enjoyed playing the sport.
The sport was introduced in the original Olympic games in Athens, Greece, and is a growing sport. The shot is 12 pounds but Karys does not discourage anyone from participating in the event, due to fear of injury.
Karys expects to attend Furman University in South Carolina, and wants to throw shot put during his college years.
The main objective of the sport is simply to “throw” a lead ball farther than the other competitors. Each athlete has to throw the ball from a circle called the pit; crossing the pit results in a foul, which causes the athlete to lose his or her turn for the round. The shot putters have three turns to throw the shot put and the best score is kept, while the two worst are ignored.
The average of Caldwell and Karys’s throws is approximately 40 feet. To train for shot put, Karys uses a very rigorous workout schedule.
He also plays football for South and participates in high jump. According to Karys, shot put involves a lot of muscle, but also involves a lot of footwork and thought. He believes footwork is one of the most important qualities of premier shot putters.
Caldwell and Karys are the oldest members of the team, but are also joined by six underclassmen consisting of both boys and girls.
Shot putters at South have not had much support at their events. Not enough fans show up, but Karys enjoys the sport regardless, hoping that in the future shot will have a bigger fanbase then it has now.
As the season gets under way, Karys has high expectations for the team and hopes they can make it to the State tournament.

By Nathan BaskinSeniors Brandon Caldwell and Alex Karys have been throwing shot put since last year and have enjoyed playing the sport. The sport was introduced in the original Olympic games in Athens, Greece, and is a growing sport. The shot is 12 pounds but Karys does not discourage anyone from participating in the event, due to fear of injury.Karys expects to attend Furman University in South Carolina, and wants to throw shot put during his college years.The main objective of the sport is simply to “throw” a lead ball farther than the other competitors. Each athlete has to throw the ball from a circle called the pit; crossing the pit results in a foul, which causes the athlete to lose his or her turn for the round. The shot putters have three turns to throw the shot put and the best score is kept, while the two worst are ignored.The average of Caldwell and Karys’s throws is approximately 40 feet. To train for shot put, Karys uses a very rigorous workout schedule.He also plays football for South and participates in high jump. According to Karys, shot put involves a lot of muscle, but also involves a lot of footwork and thought. He believes footwork is one of the most important qualities of premier shot putters.Caldwell and Karys are the oldest members of the team, but are also joined by six underclassmen consisting of both boys and girls. Shot putters at South have not had much support at their events. Not enough fans show up, but Karys enjoys the sport regardless, hoping that in the future shot will have a bigger fanbase then it has now.As the season gets under way, Karys has high expectations for the team and hopes they can make it to the State tournament.

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