by Peter Gobeille

Junior Michael Kluesner has hit the ground running this track season, starting right where he left off from last season. Kluesner has starred as the top shot putter in the region for the past two years. As a sophomore, he went to the state competition in shot put for both the Winter and Spring seasons. Almost two months into this indoor track season, and Kluesner is already on pace to outdo his past season’s marks.

Kluesner has dominated competitions so far this season and has already qualified for the state competition on Feb. 26. Kluesner qualified for the competition after he had a throw of 47 feet. “I’m hoping that I will be able to be a state champion this year. I have worked hard and think that if I can reach my goal of 54 or 55 feet, I will be the state champion,” said Kluesner.

These dominating results have led to Kluesner being recognized in conference, regional and state rankings.At the end of January Kluesner was the ranked 1st in the conference and region and was 5th in state rankings. Kluesner only built off of his success as he came into February competitions. At a meet on Feb. 4 Kluesner threw for 51 feet, a new best for him. This performance was able to get Kluesner the number 1 ranking in the state of Virginia.

The high state ranking and the qualifications have caught the eye of colleges. Kluesner has gotten recruitment from universities such as Navy, Liberty and Shenandoah. ‘It has always been a dream of mine to play sports in college, so having so many colleges interested in me feels surreal. It is a dream come true and it’s good to see that my hard work is starting to pay off,” said Kluesner.

Junior pole vaulter and indoor track teammate David Do said “Kluesner is one of the hardest working people on the team and it’s good to see that all of his hard work is paying off.” Kluesner will be looking to continue his success as he enters the conference, regional and state competitions and even during the spring outdoor season.