This time last year Konner Wood threw on average at a distance of 150 feet….
“Last year during the course of the year we set a goal early…get over 140. Well he achieved that. And then it was finally around the district meet he got out to 150ish and then we were happy. And then at regionals he threw 158 which honestly was about 8 ft farther than I thought he would last year and then I think 156 or so at the state meet, and he was disappointed in it.. you know its the second best throw of his life and he was disappointed in it,” said Frank Johnson.
Wood represented Holliday at state as a sophomore… this fueled a desire to get even better.
“I just feel a lot stronger… better technique.. I’m about a year wiser now. I’ve watched a ton of youtube videos on how to react… how to adapt to the wind and different hand angles and stuff whenever you release it, so it grabs the wind the perfect way and it’ll just carry it no matter what the conditions are,” said Konner Wood.
“Since the district track meet, its like his arm came alive. He started throwing 160 in practice almost everytime he threw the disc,” said Frank Johnson.
On April 16….In the Area Round.. Wood shattered the school record of 171 feet… he threw for 182 feet.
“He let loose on that first one and it caught the wind and it looked so cool. That thing just kept sailing and it finally landed it was kinda neat to have Coach Griffin and Coach Tucker standing there and measuring it off. When Coach Griffin read out 182.. I thought my goodness.. That’s the best kid I’ve gotten to coach in 30 years in throwing the discus anyway,” said Frank Johnson.
“20 seconds after I released it.. Coach Griffin.. The girls head track coach said it out load.. and I was ecstatic,” said Konner Wood.
Wood is not done yet.. You can find him out practicing at Holliday or… off his back porch… until the next big meet.. Regionals