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Kevin Roddy signed a letter of intent Wednesday to compete in track and field at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va.
The Duncan High School senior won the discus and was runner-up in the shot put at the Class 5A state track meet last season.
The Duncan senior said he was impressed with the university’s campus, facilities and academic program. He also enjoyed meeting coach Bryan Fetzer and expects to learn much from the throws coaches.
“I’m ecstatic,” Roddy said. “I’m just really excited about what the future holds and about working with great coaches.”
DHS throws coach Tim Buben said Roddy’s work ethic speaks for itself.
“He’s worked at this, been working at this, his whole life,” Buben said. “He fell in love with the throws when he was 8, 9 years old. He’s worked at it for as long as he can remember.”
Roddy is currently ranked first for all classes in shot and discus. Along with his state title last year, Roddy took third at the World Youth Track and Field Trials, is a former United States Amateur Track and Field national champion in the shot put, and won AAU national titles in shot and discus. He is a seven-time AAU All-American.
The Duncan senior also excels in academics. He maintains a 4.25 grade point average and was Duncan High School’s winner of the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award.
Roddy’s performance at the World Youth trials caught the attention of several colleges. He considered several offers before selecting the University of Virginia.
At Virginia, Roddy will learn from some of the best throwers. The two throws coaches, Martin Maric and Ehsan Haddadi, are two-time Olympic competitors. Haddadi won the silver medal in the discus at the 2012 London Olympics and Maric was the 2009 NCAA discus champion.
Buben is confident that Roddy will succeed at Virginia.
“You always want the championships and you want the medals,” he said, “but Kevin wants the best results.”
The Duncan senior praised his coaches for encouraging the athletes to do their best every time.
Before he starts competing for the Cavaliers, though, Roddy has his senior year of track approaching. He and his Duncan teammates will look for more success this spring, after taking second as a team at last year’s state meet.
“Our team can do well this year,” Roddy said. “Everyone has worked hard and everyone does their best effort, so we can pull together something good.”
The Duncan throws coach shares a similar belief.
“We’ve got a good, strong core group of seniors who have that little taste of success,” Buben said. “They just want it a little more, like a good competitor should.”