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Penn-bound Sholly Has Big Hopes for Drake Relays
DES MOINES — Jared Sholly will play football next fall in the Ivy League at Penn University.
But before he heads east for Philadelphia, the Clear Lake senior has some unfinished business in the sport of track and field.
Sholly will participate at this weekend’s Drake Relays in the discus and shot put. The discus competition is set for 5 tonight and the shot put begins Friday at 8:30 a.m.
“Being at state last year will help a lot,” Sholly said Tuesday after winning both events at the Mohawk Relays. “But not only that, throwing at Drake in the Drake Relays right now will give me the extra time in the ring.
“So hopefully for the state competition I’ll have a little bit of an edge. It’s a lot different. The ring is a lot different.”
Sholly qualified for Drake in the shot put with a toss of 51-11 1/2 and his toss of 165-5 in the discus earned him a spot in the exclusive field.
Sholly said he likes the fact that the events are held on separate days.
“That’s really nice,” he said. “It’ll be really beneficial. I can worry about discus the first day and shot put the next day.”
Sholly said his goals for the two events are simple.
“I just try to improve every meet,” he said. “I just want to get a new P.R. Hopefully, that gets me in the finals that’s a goal of mine. If I get into the finals, that’s just an extra bonus.”
Sholly said he’s changed his technique in the shot put.
“I just started spinning in the shot put a couple of weeks ago,” he said. “Spinning in the shot has a lot of the same concepts as spinning in the discus. I picked that up really quick and I like spinning a lot more in the shot than doing it the other way.”
After the track and field season, Sholly will turn his attention to trying to earn playing time for the Quakers on the football field as a defensive end.
“They don’t redshirt out there,” he said, “so I want to be as good as I can and have a chance to compete for some playing time.”
Clear Lake’s Sholly has big hopes for Drake Relays
By Kirk Hardcastle, Globe Gazette