Local Athlete is Best in Nation
Sarah Howard is the Top Ranked High School Female Shot Putter in the United States.
Central Georgia is known for creating and exporting superior athletes, the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame is full examples, but right now one athlete here in the Mid-State dominates her sport in a way we have never seen.
"There's a hundred things that have to go right in something that last maybe two seconds. One thing goes wrong and you go from a really good throw to just kind of par," says Chris Howard, Sarah's Coach/Dad.
This is the reality of the shot put. A sport Trinity Christian School Senior Sarah Howard is leaving her mark on.
Sarah Howard is currently the top female shot putter in the Country. She is number one in the history of Georgia regardless of classification and she holds eight of the longest throws of this season.
In a sport where the other top 20 competitors in High School history all weighed at least 220 pounds, Sarah's not even close to 200.
"No, she doesn't fit the bill at all. We'll go to a lot of meets and they'll ask, where is the 50 foot shot putter? And they'll be standing right beside her," says Chris Howard, Sarah's Coach/Dad.
Sarah's success is based on hardwork, technique and an early start.
My Dad showed me, when I was little, he'd have this little baby shot. It wasn't even a shot it was just this little ball and we'd throw a little bit. But I didn't really seriously get into it until I was about 11. And then I really liked it and I was pretty good at it," says Sarah Howard.
Her father Chris Howard was coaching her then and he is still coaching Sarah today.
"It's interesting sometimes because you're in a constant state of practice. You know, video all the time. We'll watch people throwing on youtube and stuff, just around the house. We'll talk about it. We'll talk about other people throwing all the time. It's fun though," says Sarah Howard.
And Sarah's accomplishments are not confined to the track. She is also odds on favorite to be her class Validictorian before heading to Chapel Hill on scholarship.
"She's kind of a perfectionist when it comes to academics. Doesn't get that from me, for sure. It rubs off on her sports as well and about everything else she does in life," says Chris Howard, Sarah's Coach/Dad.