By Kaitlin Lawler
Tall and towering over his teammates, senior Jaydon Lord has risen up over the past few years to be quite the thrower on the Weber High track and field team.
This season, he worked hard to take his throwing to the next level. The highlight of his year came at the Morgan Invitational, where he set a new school record throwing discus at a length of 174 feet, 8 inches. He captured first place in nearly every meet this season.
At the state meet, that school-record throw would have been worthy of a state championship, but with the rain falling, Lord came up just short, taking second.
Lord throws in two events, the discus and the shot put, and he has excelled both at spinning the metal disc and the 12-pound steel ball. The senior has developed his athletic talents since he began throwing about six years ago on the Orion Junior High track team.
“I started doing track in seventh grade because my dad had thrown at Weber State and he wanted me to try it,” Lord said. “I discovered I was naturally good at throwing, and decided to throw shot put and discus because of my large frame and long arms.”
Along with placing first in almost all of his events this season, he was among the top performers the previous two years, particularly in discus, an event in which has finished in the state Top 10 each of the last three seasons.
As always, the key to success in a sport is hard work, dedication and lots of practice. Lord prepares both physically and mentally before each meet.
“I prepare for a meet by getting in a good practice the day before, focusing on having good technique,” Lord said. “I also do a lot of mental imagery to get myself ready.”
Lord has obviously had much success in individual competition, but he has also benefited from the team aspect of his sport in many ways.
“My favorite thing about being on the track team has been improving myself through hard work and meeting lots of new people,” he said.
Off the track, Lord enjoys being with his friends, lifting weights and playing other sports. As a senior, with his time on the Weber High team almost over, he says that he is a little sad that this will be his last year doing high school track, adding that he will definitely miss it.
“I am hoping to compete in college at Utah State next year,” Lord said.
So even though graduation is approaching and will end Lord’s high school sports career, it certainly won’t be the end of his time as a talented thrower.
Weber High student Kaitlin Lawler wrote this story as part of the Preps Utah/Nu Skin student journalism program.