In a span of eight minutes, Kodiak throwers coach Sami King used the word “fun” 14 times when talking about her group of throwers Friday afternoon.
“This is the funniest group I have had in a long time just because they really and truly want to have fun and do well,” King said. “They are fun competitors.”
The throwers excitement was on full display Friday at Joe Floyd Track and Field. While the rest of Kodiak’s track and Field team were in Anchorage competing at the Pro/Whit Indoor Championships the throwers took part in the Sami King Throwers Challenge.
King put on her own event after deciding not to send any throwers to the Anchorage meet, which was only going to include the shot put.
On Friday, the group competed in both the shot put and the discus.
And the meet was owned by the Segas.
Mua Sega won the boys shot put at 37 feet, 1 inch, while younger brother Leo Sega took the boys discus with a personal best toss of 96-7.
Cousin Tepora Sega won both the girls shot put (26-6) and the discus (62-4).
With as many as 21 throwers on the roster, this meet gave everybody a chance to compete. Normally, Kodiak only sends four throwers — two boys and two girls — to an away meet.
“They are getting a competition every weekend whether it is here or off-island,” King said. “I think they are getting it and they are all seeing improvements.”
This season, King is holding two practices a day — a morning practice for weightlifting and footwork and one after school for throwing.
“I really thought the last couple of years my kids just weren’t strong,” King said. “So I wanted them to toughen up a little bit. “
The team has a variety of returning talent and newbies.
Anchoring the girls squad is senior Samantha Oliver, who qualified for state in the shot put last season and already has a toss of 32-6, good for seventh best in the state.
“She is a natural,” King said. “I am really lucky that I have a natural.”
Senior Will Vogt is the leader on the boys side.
“He struggled today, but he is going to be a powerhouse in the discus,” King said. “He is such a gosh-darn good leader. He has really come around and taken a good leadership role, which I am very pleased with.”
King said in practice Vogt consistently is around 120 feet in the discus, but has yet to break 100 feet in competition.
King hopes she can sneak a possible six throwers into the region meet with the Segas, Oliver, Vogt and sophomore Anita Steinbech.
“Once we can put it all together we are looking at great great things,” King said.
On Friday and Saturday, the throwers will rejoin the team at the Skyview Invitational at Skyview High School.
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Shot put — 1. Mua Sega, 37-1; 2. Leo Sega, 34-4; 3. Will Vogt, 31-4; 4. Eric Long, 29-9. Discus — 1. Leo Sega, 96-7; 2. Mua Sega, 92-6; 3. Will Vogt, 79-1; 4. Eric Long, 62-4.
Shot put — 1. Tepora Sega, 26-6; 2. Anita Steinbech, 25-5; 3. Asia Davis, 22-5; 4. Hannah Fish, 22-1. Discus — 1. Tepora Sega, 62-4; 2. Anita Steinbech, 62-1; 3. Asia Davis, 58-10; 4. Hannah Fish, 49-10.