Titan Wright has passion for throwing
The third time proved to be the charm for Gilmer County senior-to-be Sada Wright at the AAU Junior Olympic Games.
Wright made her third career trip to nationals and walked away with All-American honors for the first time last week while competing inside Rynearson Stadium at Eastern Michigan University.
In my younger years, I was often told to try and find something enjoyable to do, have a passion for it and go full bore.
Obviously, Wright has made that commitment when it comes to throwing the shot put and discus.
Following a third place effort in the discus and a fourth place showing in the shot put at the Class A state meet as a sophomore, Wright knew she had to up her game. The Titan definitely did that this past spring as evidenced by her wins in both events at the state meet in Charleston.
“It’s the biggest meet you can go to,” Wright said of the nationals, where the top eight finishers earn All-American status. “The people I’m competing against are really, really good and it’s great competition.”
Wright’s heave of 129 feet, 2 inches placed her sixth in the discus. She finished 19th in the shot put with a 36-0.75 effort.
“Before we went up to the podium after the discus I was talking to the girls and they are talking about what schools they are going to and it’s a D1 school and a D1 school and they are all great athletes so it’s really cool and I’m really proud.”
Although technically her offseason, Wright continues to try and get stronger by lifting weights and doing cardio.
“I went and lifted Tuesday,” she said. “I’m just taking a little break because I throw year around and in order to stay 100 percent healthy I have to take weeks off every so often.”
When asked about her upcoming senior year she added “I’m not rushing through. Obviously, I’m excited for next season because there are records and more state championships to break.
“I want to throw in college. I’ve been talking to a couple schools and getting ready to schedule some visits.”
Wright noted she’s competed in about every condition possible Mother Nature can throw at someone and she’s up for whatever.
“If you give me a disc and a shot I’ll throw it,” she continued. “I’ve thrown in meets where it’s been snowing, where it’s raining so hard you can barely see and I throw sometimes when it’s freezing cold outside.
“I threw this winter once or twice in gloves just because I wanted to get outside. There are some days I will go to the track and be there two hours and not touch the shot or disc and just do drill after drill.”
Of course, her favorite thing to do is cardio.
“Throwers don’t want to run and stuff, but it makes you better,” Wright stated. “Speed and strength are both keys in throwing. I’m not telling you I’m going to go out there and run four miles.”