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It didn’t matter where they went. They came, they saw and they conquered.
Traveling all over the United States, Duncan brothers Kevin and Connor Roddy gave themselves a summer to remember in 2013, winning a combined five national titles in discus and shot put.
The pair’s string of success began in June at the USATF World Trials at Edwasrdville, Ill..
Kevin Roddy, now a senior at Duncan, won the bronze medal in shot put with a throw of 59 feet and four inches, beating out the world standard of 58 feet and one inch. Roddy came up just one spot short of qualifying for the IAAF World Youth Championships in the Ukraine.
“It was a great accomplishment to meet the world standard,” Kevin Roddy said. “Competing at that level, you have to focus a little more, there’s a little more at stake and it was a chance for us to both get better.”
At Edwardsville’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Kevin continued to perform well, taking first in the shot put with a distance of 55 feet and 7 3/4 inches.
Connor, an eight grader, had the same sort of success in the discus, seizing first place with a throw of 182 feet – a personal best. The performance placed him second all time for all Oklahoma throwers in the 13-14 year old age group.
“I was very happy and really proud of myself that I was able to meet my goal and have my best throw,” Connor Roddy said. “It felt great to perform so well at the national level.”
Thousands of miles away in Orlando Florida, the Roddys picked up right where they left off at the AAU Club National Championships. Kevin ended the summer with gold medals in discus and shot put, throwing for 55 feet and 7 and a half inches and 168 feet and 11 inches, respectively. Connor was the overwhelming victor in the discus, winning by more than 37 feet with a toss of 162 feet and one inches while taking the silver medal in shot put with a season best distance of 45 feet and 5 1/4 inches.
Each was named an AAU-All American for their titles.
Having competed at this level in previous summers, Kevin said that experience made a difference for him in 2013.
“After facing this type of competition, you’re able to relax a little more,” Roddy said. “Being able to compete on a higher level in years past really helped.”
The Roddys will look to build on their success from the summer next spring, when the track and field season kicks off.