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BUCKNER – With each passing week Isaac Bowling comes a bit closer to the ultimate goal.
Bowling, an Oldham County High School senior, is dominating the state AAA track and field scene in the discus and shot put this season with a firm grip on the No. 1 ranking in both events.
“For the most part I am pretty happy with where I am,” Bowling said. “I had a personal record last week in the discus at 172 feet. I set new goals every week and so far I have met them.”
The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Bowling, leads the state in every class with the discus throw of 172 feet and has the top shot put toss at 56 feet, 3.5 inches.
He wants to do better by the time the state meet rolls around in May.
His closest competitor in the discus has a best throw of 159 feet and in the shot the closest is 48 feet.
“Winning the state title is definitely the ultimate goal,” Bowling said. “My goal is 191 in the discus and 58 in the shot put. If I hit those, I think I can win the state.”
Bowling, a standout in football at OCHS as well, made the all-district team as an offensive guard and linebacker, he started the year by winning the indoor title at the Mason-Dixon Games.
He has thrown the shot put and discus since his freshman year.
This year, however, was the first time he ever put in any off season work.
“I have never really focused on track during the off season but I have been working with Coach (Beau) Baker and he is a fantastic coach,” Bowling said. “We started working on January 1 and it really has made a difference. Usually at the start of the season I have a lot of technical things to correct and this year I was way ahead of where I normally was thanks to the them and the early start.”
“Isaac is an awesome young man., he’s one of the hardest workers and most dedicated athletes with whom it has been my pleasure to coach,” OCHS coach Matt Girardin said. “Coach Baker is, in my opinion, the best technical high school throws coach in Kentucky and one of the top high school throws coaches in the midwest. Coach Baker was a former two-time Kentucky state discus champion while at Trinity and went on to throw and play football at the Naval Academy. He has made amazing progress with Isaac this past winter and spring.”
Bowling, who said he has been contacted by several colleges about competing next year, is able to maximize his throws in both events with better technique.
He said he is stronger in the discus and likes it a bit more.
“I think I like the discus more but really it just kind of depends on the day,” he said. “Usually if I have a bad day I might like one or the other better. They both have similar technique with the spin I do so if I have an off day it usually has something to do with that.”
Between now and the state, Bowling said he will fine tune his throws.
“The main thing is to get better every day,” he said. “If I can do that, I can win.”
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