Nedrick aiming at national junior shot put record
According to his Petersfield High School coach Machel Woolery, Kevin Nedrick is aiming at the national junior shot put record this season.
Nedrick competed in the Class One shot and discus double at last Saturday’s STETHS Invitational in Santa Cruz with marks of 19.05 and 56.21 metres, respectively, but coach Woolery thinks there is more to come from his 19-year-old charge.
“Well, I want to go out on a limb and say we want to break the national record this year.” The national junior mark is held by Ashinia Miller at 20.15 metres.
“He has the national youth record at 20.12m,”, he explained of the distance Nedrick threw to win the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games, “He can do much better with the bigger ball," Woolery added.
The expectation is based on the progress Nedrick is making with his technique and strength levels.
“He’s stronger and he’s faster and technically better than last year”, Woolery said. The coach reported that Nedrick is getting more comfortable with the spin technique having adopted it just before last year’s World Under-20 Championships.
His throw of 19.05 metres at STETHS isn’t far off his personal best of 19.18 metres.
It’s also early in his season in the discus where he stretched his 2017 best from 54.70 metres at the Big Shot Invitational to 56.21 metres.