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Star discus thrower Sarah Watson aspires to school record

Junior thrower Sarah Watson (first from the left) receives a medal after placing second in 2022 outdoor regionals for discus. The meet took place on May 18-19, after a long season of training and hard work. Watson went on to place fifth at states.
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Junior thrower Sarah Watson (first from the left) receives a medal after placing second in 2022 outdoor regionals for discus. The meet took place on May 18-19, after a long season of training and hard work. Watson went on to place fifth at states.

It’s the night before the regional outdoor track meet of the 2022 season. Then sophomore Sarah Watson is preparing to make a statement on the field, aiming to throw over 100 feet and qualify for the state meet. She visualizes her throws, ices down her arms and goes to sleep. The next day, she smashes 100 feet, throwing the second-best time ever at WJ and qualifying for states. Currently, Watson is beginning her junior year track season, with high expectations and promising throws ahead.

As the track team nears the outdoor season, Watson has one goal in mind: to break the discus school record. After last season’s success, she is only two feet away. It’s definitely on the radar for this coming outdoor season.

“Breaking the school record would feel amazing. I have dreamed of it since I started throwing discus and I would love to see my name up on the record board,” Watson said.

Watson joined the track team during the outdoor season of her freshman year. Throwing was initially her backup in case she didn’t make the sprints team. Track coach Bryan Hoffman immediately noticed her natural talent for throwing, and started her training.

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“I taught myself to throw by taping two Frisbees together and putting dirt inside. I had no idea that two years later, I’d be on the edge of breaking the school record,” Watson said.

Last season was a success for Watson. She made it to states with a huge PR (personal record), a second place finish at regionals and a fifth place at states.

“I think that this coming outdoor season will be epic. I want to throw 120’, go to the Penn Relays and qualify for nationals,” Watson said.

Watson loves the uniqueness of the event and what it has to offer. She loves spinning in the circle and watching the discus fly through the air.

“She’s very motivated and is a promising athlete with a future ahead of her,” junior teammate Zuzana Kojanova said.

Watson’s inspiration is the Olympic discus thrower Valarie Allman. Her impressive technique and ability to move fast through the circle is something she hopes to replicate in the future.

“I also love how she’s about the same height as me (six feet)!” Watson said.

She hopes to continue to throw in college, but is not sure yet where. Big East Coast colleges are on the top of her list, but she is still working through the recruitment process.

“It’s hard. There’s a lot I need to do and it’s very overwhelming. However, I’m excited for the success I will have in the coming track seasons that will increase my chances of recruitment,” Watson said.

Track has been the best part of high school for Watson. She’s made some of her closest friends and has felt the support of the team throughout her experience.

“She has an amazing attitude which inspires us all,” junior teammate Carolyn Hultman said.

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Raquel Tolin is a senior. This is her first year on the Pitch as a staff writer. She runs track for WJ.
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